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The Relatives eNews – February 2017



Welcome our new Executive Director, Trish Hobson
Trish 2We are pleased to have Trish Hobson join The Relatives as the new Executive Director. Trish brings years of experience to her new role and most recently served as a vice president of Alexander Children’s Foundation.

“My goal as Executive Director will be to raise The Relatives’ visibility – to increase awareness of child homelessness and the issues that face young adults aging out of foster care,” said Hobson. “I also hope to further develop the organization’s mentoring program and increase community involvement.” Hobson will also provide structure and support to The Relatives’ growing fund raising team.

Before joining Alexander Youth Network in January 2015, Hobson worked at the YMCA of Charlotte where she served as Senior Financial Development Director. She joined the YMCA after six years with the Emergency Winter Shelter, which merged with the Uptown Shelter to become the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. There she led the development team in raising $1.17 million (2009-10) and increased charitable giving every year, raising $1.45 million in 2011-12.

She also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. and currently serves as Treasurer for the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Trish and her husband live in Dilworth and love spending quality time with their son and daughter who are currently in college.

Trish looks forward to meeting all of our supporters at future events and leading The Relatives as we expand our services to the youth and young adults we serve.



Thank you for helping us spread the joy!

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This holiday season we were blessed to have so many of our supporters spread the joy to the youth and young adults we serve. Volunteers helped us ensure that our meal calendar was completely full during the months of November and December and, because of so many in-kind donations, we were able to provide a gift to all of our clients. Below are a few examples of the greatness we saw during the holidays.





Caroling Event


We had a great turnout this year at our Caroling Event. The kids at the Crisis Shelter enjoyed singing to our neighbors.





Sony's BBQ


Sonny’s BBQ provided dinner for our Caroling Event through their Random Acts of BBQ. Thank you Sonny’s!












Davidson High School


Students from Davidson High School helped us decorate On Ramp.







Providence Day Kindergarten


We had many groups conducting drives to collect gifts and essentials  for our clients. These kindergarteners from Providence Day are just an example of the generosity we saw. So cute!







Audrey's Coats


Audrey is another great example of the youth making a difference in our community. Every year she collects coats
for those in need. This year she donated over 500 coats to The Relatives!










Joe Webb2


For the second year in a row, Joe Webb, a quarterback for the Panthers, took all of the kids at the Crisis Shelter Christmas shopping at Target. Joe’s heart is made of gold like so many of our supporters.




Southern Freight 2016 Christmas


Thank you to Quality Distribution for serving Christmas lunch to the  young adults at our On Ramp facility. Every year QD provides meals and experiences to those we serve.







Sam's Mart


We greatly appreciate the generous donations from all our supporters that helped us purchase gifts for those we serve. This year Sam’s Mart again donated almost $3,000 to help us purchase last-minute items from our wish lists.




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The Relatives is the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County and began partnering with National Safe Place in 1988 to create a local network of businesses, churches, schools, transportation services, and community locations that were willing to post Safe Place signs and identify as a place for youth in crisis to get help. Any child or teen can ask for help at a Safe Place location and be connected to the Youth Crisis Center. The Relatives utilizes the Safe Place program to extend its reach to more youth, and it gives youth-friendly locations the opportunity to share in creating a community where youth have easy access to safety when they need it.

Come join us on March 25, 2017.

food and wine

This year we are excited that The Relatives was chosen as one of the recipient charities for this year’s Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend. “This is a great opportunity for us. Not only will The Relatives receive a financial contribution, but it will also help us spread our mission in the Charlotte community,” stated Development Director, Spencer Guthery.

Last year’s event raised over $430,000. The Save the Date for this year’s weekend will be announced soon. Please check their website to see the 2017 dates.

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