Over a year ago, Kristin and Rodney fell on hard times and were essentially homeless, having to move in with Kristin’s mom – into a one-bedroom apartment. They and their son, Dorian, slept on an air mattress in the small den of the apartment each night. Not only was this an uncomfortable situation for the family, but their staying in the apartment could jeopardize the rental agreement for Kristin’s mom. Last October, Kristin and Rodney entered our program and the family was matched with Elaine, a volunteer liaison with Families Forward Charlotte who started working with Kristin and Rodney on setting goals, job searches and budgeting. Mainly, Elaine became a support to the family that they otherwise didn’t know.
The family’s main goal was to move into a rental house of their own, and in December, they got the news that a unit was available, but they hadn’t been able to save up enough for a deposit. Because Kristin and Rodney were such willing participants of our program, attending educational workshops and developing a relationship with Elaine, and because of YOUR generous donations, FFC was able to provide the deposit so they could move from homeless to housing, establishing stability for their sweet family. This past weekend, they were finally able to move in! With the help of our generous community, Elaine, Eric (volunteer), and Telitha (board member), they were able to start their new life in their new home with it almost fully furnished!
We have since heard from a teacher at Dorian’s school that he talks about how much he loves his new room, and we heard from Kristin who sent the message "We are truly being blessed. We’ve never had a village before."
Thank you for making this possible!
Hearts for Hope Success!
This year’s Hearts for Hope event was a huge success! We had such a great time celebrating with everyone who was able to attend. We ate, we danced, we had lots of fun bidding on silent auction items, and we got to hear a special testimony from one of the families who we serve in our Family Assistance Program. With the incredible generosity of everyone who attended, this year’s event raised $65,885 PLUS $54,220 committed over the next two years. WOW. We are blown away by this amount of compassion towards helping Families Forward Charlotte achieve its mission. These donations will allow us to help more families like Kristin and Rodney’s get that last bit of support they need to get them on their feet and into a stable living situation. We could not thank you enough for your support and attendance!
Why Families Forward Charlotte?
(Click on the photo above to be directed to an inspirational and educational video of what Families Forward Charlotte does in the Charlotte community and why our mission is so important).
We want to give a sincere THANK YOU to all of the sponsors, silent auction donors and contributors to our 2019 Hearts for Hope event. We could not have done it without you!
Title sponsor: Caprock Print sponsor: Alphagraphics Dessert sponsor: Treats n Eats Flowersponsor: Flower Hut