Warehouse is committed to serving our homeless neighbors. With more than 6,000 homeless in our city, including over 4,000 homeless children who attend public school, we are committed to using our resources to serve those who lack the most basic of necessities—a safe place to sleep, and food to eat. Serving our city’s homeless neighbors is a practical and meaningful way for individuals and small groups to live out the value of Service. In short, Warehouse serves and shares out of the abundance of what we have been graciously given. Our ongoing partnerships are with Speak Up magazine, Charlotte Family Housing, and Room in the Inn.
Speak Up magazine
Charlotte’s only street magazine wholly embraces the “Betterment to Development” philosophy of service that we champion. Speak Up magazine moves beyond giving our homeless neighbors basic resource support. They do so by providing job training and income-generating opportunities so that homeless neighbors can earn dependable income by selling a dynamically-produced magazine, with locally-written articles, and vivid pictures from local photographers.
Serving at Elizabeth House
Warehouse’s commitment to combating childhood homelessness led us to Charlotte Family Housing. As part of our partnership commitment, once a quarter, Warehouse serves homeless families for a full week by providing overnight hosts and home-cooked meals at the Elizabeth House on Hawthorne Lane. This gracious group home ensures that families have a safe, consistent place to stay while children attend school, and parents pursue debt reduction, job placement, and independent housing—all with the help of professional social workers.
Charlotte Family Housing is not a winter shelter program. Instead, it is a dynamic opportunity for Warehouse to engage in the issue of homelessness year-round. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful: from preparing welcome baskets, providing meals and snacks, hosting overnight, and best of all, helping a family move into their new home.
>To learn more about Charlotte Family Housing and their range of services, click here.
Room in the Inn
During the coldest winter months (January thru March) Warehouse serves as a host site for Room in the Inn—an interfaith network of winter shelters for the homeless of Charlotte, organized by the Urban Ministry Center. The purpose of the program is to keep our city’s homeless neighbors from freezing on cold winter nights by providing a warm, safe place to sleep, two meals to eat (dinner and breakfast), and transportation to and from the host site. Meeting new friends and building relationships with our homeless neighbors are what make this program so powerful.
We serve as an area host in our building’s “center section”—the area in between the arena and the Kidz classrooms. Preparation begins during the late afternoon, and the program concludes early morning after breakfast. This is an ideal service event for small groups to serve alongside one another.
> To learn more about Room in the Inn, click here.