Mid-Year report from the Director of There's Still Hope Charlotte
Updated: Jul 28
"24 clients that have received Extended Stay Lodging after signing up in our program, five (5) of our clients have gone on to gain both sustainable housing and permanent employment. Four of these individuals were Victims of domestic abuse placed in locations around the outside of the City in order to provide the protection and assistance necessary for these precious souls to heal and become successful in the process."
Thank you for believing in our program and the overwhelming support you and your colleagues have provided! Can you believe it the first half of 2020 is over. We have seen so much transpire, so much active manifestation toward a world we know is possible. It’s hopeful, energizing, and powerful. It can also be unnerving, uncomfortable and un-steadying, even as we know this change is desperately needed, the uprisings - combined with the pandemic, is shaking up the world as we know it. And even if what we know and are familiar with needs to change, change can be both exciting and scary as questions of “what’s next?”, “where are we going?”, and “where will we end up?” swirl in the collective consciousness.
One thing that IS steady is the powerful and important presence of the work our organization continues to bring to individuals who are living homeless in the community. With the tremendous help and support from several organizations our program has been able to provide Short term shelter to transgender adults who are homeless. We provide healthy food, comfortable shelter with all the amenities of a small studio apartment - fully furnished - with a kitchen area, microwave oven, refrigerator, stove and dining area. The individuals lodging space also has premium cable TV channels, super fast Wi-Fi service and free local phone calls with voicemail - all through the help from people like you throughout the first half of 2020 - has made the success of our work possible.
Yet it is my vision to someday purchase a small abandoned Motel in the city and turn those units into Studio Apartments. I’m reminded that in doing so, this will allow There’s Still Hope the opportunity to expand the way we do business and serve not only our adult population of homeless people, but our Transgender youth community who have aged out of their program.
Having our own facility, our program can also save a great deal of MONEY… But to achieve this, it takes a few Investors who believe in our efforts to come forward and make an investment that will bring my vision into a Reality!
We have been working hard with the individuals to obtain stable housing and employment through our Steps to Stability program. It’s a program designed to assist our clients with the help and assistance necessary to reach their goal. The demands are great and the ability to fund our program is difficult, yet we continue to meet the needs.
In fact, of the 24 clients that have received Extended Stay Lodging after signing up in our program, five (5) of our clients have gone on to gain both sustainable housing and permanent employment. Four of these individuals were Victims of domestic abuse placed in locations around the outside of the City in order to provide the protection and assistance necessary for these precious souls to heal and become successful in the process. .
Exciting, of course!
What a difficult path these individuals have had to encounter. Living in frightening situations with so much uncertainty around them, many of our clients have been able to find the inner strength to persevere and rise above some of life’s most challenging situations and go on to obtain a more sustainable way of life free from the enemy of the streets.
Sharing this news brings tremendous joy to my heart - of the possibilities There’s Still Hope can bring - even during a pandemic we are still making a difference. It’s true, our hope is that every client who enters our program will at some point establish safe, sustainable housing, meals and permanent employment, but unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. The challenges many of these individuals face presents its own set of challenges that is quite difficult to achieve on their own.
But! … I believe it takes a community that cares. A community that will come together and help us solve these challenges many homeless people face. From assisting with health care, mental health counseling, job training and more. I truly believe that without this help, our Trans-community will continue to experience the plight of homelessness, the abuse of bigotry, rejection, isolation and hate. Without the compassionate help of others within the community that cares - sadly, many will continue to struggle with becoming self-sustaining functioning members of society.
Local communities like: Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Poor No More Food Bank & The Free Store, New Life MCC of Gastonia, The LGBTQIA Community Conversation Partners, The Freedom Center for Social Justice and Cato … and of course, let me not forget each Individual throughout the City of Charlotte who has helped to make the work just a bit easier!
So I’d like to say: For your continued contributions and support - thank you!
This pandemic, along with the situation at the Days Inn - Woodlawn this past Spring and the sudden removal of others from The City Inn ... has placed a great strain on our client’s existence - not to mention on our organization’s resources. But There’s Still Hope has managed to meet the challenge and can report we are making a difference.
As I bring my report to a conclusion I would like to share a conversation I had not too long ago with you that speaks to the question ‘Why?’
I mentioned to a friend one afternoon shortly after the 4th of July, while doing some shopping for a few members of our elderly community and three of our clients recently ‘that running a short-term shelter is difficult work - I never imagine how much of a challenge it would be and how exhausting doing this work places on the mind and body, but in light of the challenges there are too many homeless trans-people in particular trans women of color still living on our city streets that desperately need our help, love and support - and that for me, being denied shelter is an unacceptable act in a wealthy and free society like ours.’ Therefore our tiny little organization must continue to try and make a difference for as long as we can.
I went on to share with him that; unfortunately, we know this Fall & Winter is going to be quite difficult for many - but There’s Still Hope will continue to do all we can with YOU, the community's help and organizations like yours lending a hand....
Proverbs 28:27 tells us “ We definitely can make a difference one Soul at a time.
So as I end this report, I want to say, may the grace of our Creator be with each of you and the outstanding work you and your organization graciously provides throughout the community!
Thank you! 💕
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