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.

Prepare a meal: For one week each month, MPPC disciples prepare and drop off a dinner for the families staying at CFH’s Elizabeth House and Hawthorne Place shelters. Meals are needed Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. There is also the opportunity to stay and eat dinner with the families.

Provide childcare: Throughout the course of the year, the CFH Social Work Team hosts workshops for CFH parents to attend. These workshops cover a range of areas, from home ownership to financial literacy to health cooking. One of the things that we have heard from CFH families is that providing childcare during these workshops is essential. CFH is looking for 2-3 adult (18+) volunteers to provide childcare during these workshops which take place on certain Tuesday evenings, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons at either the Plaza Place facility (2410 The Plaza) or the CFH offices (300 Hawthorne Ln). This role last two hours.