Mission: Empower homeless families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive services, and advocacy.

Population Served: Homeless, working families.

History: In 2011, CFH was created when three programs serving homeless families (Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing (W.I.S.H.), Charlotte Emergency Housing and Family Promise) merged to become a single point-of-entry for Charlotte’s homeless families. Since the merger, CFH has served 455 families and helped 316 of those obtain housing. 91% of these families have successfully maintained permanent housing without subsidies.

Approach: CFH focuses on a shelter-to-housing model, which is based on a deep belief in building a family’s strengths and capabilities to move toward self-sufficiency and lasting change. CFH meets immediate needs by housing qualified families in one of their three temporary shelters before advancing them into permanent housing with supportive services. Services include – financial literacy, career guidance, education, health and wellness, and relational volunteer teams for support.

Service Opportunities

Justin Reese, (678) 371-5568, jareese81@yahoo.com

Jimmy Grahl, (704) 363-1602, jsgrahl@yahoo.com

Please contact Justin or Jimmy for more information about the service opportunities listed below.


Reality of Money Youth Workshop, October 9th, 6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: This workshop teaches youth about financial literacy skills by having them participate in an exercise that simulates real-world financial situations. Disciples are needed to staff the mock stations that are part of the simulation exercise.

Dinner Hosts: Prepare and drop off a meal for 10 people at one of the CFH shelters. There also may be the possibility of eating dinner with the families. Meals are needed Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday of the following weeks in 2018: November 25th – 29th and December 16th- 20th. Drop off times are before 6 p.m. on Sunday and between 5 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday.

Hope Teams: A Hope Team generally consists of three to six disciples who partner with a family to provide encouragement and support. You can attend a Hope Team training session to learn more and be paired with other disciples to form a Hope Team.

Childcare: CFH provides a variety of workshops to their participants including Triple P Parenting (in partnership with A Child’s Place), Employment Services, and Healthy Relationships classes. Offering childcare helps participants to be able to attend these beneficial workshops. The workshops are offered on various Tuesdays and Saturdays during April – November. A great opportunity to have fun with the kids!