The Relatives eNews – August 2016
Promenade Donates $20,000 for New Van!
This generous donation will allow The Relatives to purchase a van, which will be used to further The Relatives mission of safety, stability and successful futures for youth and young adults in Mecklenburg County. The van will be an integral resource for The Relatives mobile outreach initiative, which reaches young adults in the community who are not aware of The Relatives On Ramp program, as well as clients that are not able to travel to the On Ramp Resource Center for services.
This is the second financial gift awarded to The Relatives from Promenade of Charlotte, Inc. Their first financial gifts was in 2012, and was fundamental in furthering the work of the On Ramp program. Since then, Promenade of Charlotte, Inc. has been an active supporter and ambassador of The Relatives’ initiatives. The Relatives is greatly appreciative of this generous donation, as well as the support of the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
About Promenade of Charlotte, Inc.
Promenade of Charlotte, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded over 60 years ago in Charlotte, NC. To teach dance and etiquette to middle and high school students. It is run by an executive director and a volunteer board of directors. Specific neighborhoods are served by Promenade with other outside those neighborhoods welcome to apply. Learn more: www.promenadeofcharlotte.com
New & Improved: Carriage House
For NASCAR driver, Joey Logano and his wife Brittany, it all started with a day at The Relatives!
“When Brittany and I came to volunteer in December, we were so impressed with the kids who were staying at the house. We had such a great day hanging out and just learning more about them. We left that day wanting to do something to help. We hope the remodeled carriage house is a space they can use to relax in during what I am sure is a tough time.”
After visiting the kids at The Relatives Crisis Center and spending time in the “carriage house”, NASCAR driver, Joey Logano, and his wife, Brittany, wanted to make a difference for the 400 kids who stay at The Relatives each year. Typically the carriage house is used as a bonus room to do activities, and allows the youth to simply be kids. With that many kids in and out, the carriage house had gotten very tattered, and lacked the cheerfulness Brittany and Joey envisioned. After much collaboration, a plan was made to create a space that would be comfortable and happy for these kids who come to the center in crisis and need a cheerful place to spend time. Joey and Brittany donated the funds to completely renovate the house, now a wonderful and bright space to be enjoyed by all.
A Story of Success: Rapid Rehousing
We are very happy to announce that, through our new Rapid Rehousing program, we were able to get one of our clients into his first apartment. After several years of an unstable living situation, Bokai was able to use the services of our On Ramp program to pave his way to a successful future. Congratulations, Bokai!!
Thank You, Summer Volunteers!
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who came over the summer to help around the facilities and enrich the lives of our kids. There were no lazy days of summer for The Relatives!
- Volunteers from We Walk Together came and prepared breakfast and walked through the Dilworth neighborhood with the residents at the Crisis Center.
- Simplicity Organizing group came to completely organize the clothing basement.
- Quality Custom Distribution treated the kids to a Charlotte Knights baseball game.
- You are never too young to volunteer.
- Nancy Williams and her therapy dog, Austin, visit the Crisis Center every week.
- Volunteers from Wells Fargo hosted a summer cookout at On Ramp.
- Our first job fair at On Ramp was a huge success.
- Elevation Church spread the love during their annual Love Week.
- Fifth Third Bank volunteers spent the day helping around the Crisis Center.