November 21, 2014

‘Never to be homeless again’: A hands-on approach

In one North Carolina community, people are finding stable jobs and affordable homes with the assistance of an organization devoted to helping low- and moderate-income residents.

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“The goal is never to be homeless again.”

These are the words of Pamela Robinson, a counselor with the Friendship Community Development Corporation — a nonprofit that aims to rejuvenate and rebuild Charlotte, North Carolina, by providing for the needs of low- to moderate- income residents through safe, affordable homes and stable jobs.

One program is My Sister’s House, a transitional living center for single homeless women.

In 2012, Wells Fargo teamed up with the organization to provide more than $250,000 in grants to programs that help residents get the skills, knowledge, and support they need to become self-sufficient. These grants also have provided safe havens and resources to help homeless women become self-reliant.

Pamela says, “By facilitating ways to build a sustained community through human development, long-term benefits are created not only for the individuals affected, but also for their families and neighbors.”

Each small interaction with an individual can have a huge impact on the larger neighborhood.