Salvation Army Charlotte Blog

Homelessness: Easy to Get Into, Hard to Get Out of

While Michelle Wingo’s life is in order today, there was a time when it would’ve been easy for her to lose hope. Today, she has a successful accounting career, a brand-new apartment, and a warm, friendly smile. But it wasn’t long ago that those things seemed too far away for her to grasp.

Aaron did not let his past determine his future

In Aaron Brennan’s family, a sign of manhood was being able to “hold your liquor.” Both of his parents were alcoholics, so you could say it runs in the family. Where Aaron grew up in the Bahamas, drinking was a part of the culture. He was around it all the time, so it wasn’t unusual for him to pick it up. By the age of 16, he added marijuana to the mix, and eventually it led to crack cocaine.

Murphy USA to Support Local Boys & Girls Clubs with In-Store Giving Campaign

Every year, 4.7 million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. To show their continued support, Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE: MUSA) is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to launch the second phase of the “Great Futures Fueled Here” cause campaign. Now through September 1, customers in Charlotte can make a monetary contribution at checkout at their nearest Murphy USA…

A divine encounter at the bus station in Charlotte changed Lisa’s life forever.

Weary from years of homelessness and sleeping on friends’ couches, she had come to Charlotte to seek help from her son. Over the years, she had suffered from depression and even attempted suicide. An alcohol addiction led her down a dangerous path – one that eventually landed her in a hospital fighting for her life. In that hospital room, Lisa had an awakening. She knew she needed a change in her life or she wouldn’t make it. To further complicate things, Lisa was, and is, the caretaker of a daughter with special needs.

Charlotte Boys & Girls Club "Youth of the Year" wins The Salvation Army's state competition.

Cameron Chambers, a senior at Olympic High School, received award for local and state organizations; now will represent NC in Boys & Girls Clubs of America competitions

How The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center helped change Stacy's dark past into a bright future.

Stacy's drug use was costing him his family. He eventually lost his job, and later, he found himself arrested and doing time in prison. He was homeless and hopeless. Sitting in a jail cell, Stacy finally had a moment of clarity. While in prison, someone told him about The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. When he was able to exit, he knew that’s where he needed to go.

Atrium Health Recognized for Helping Rescue Christmas

The expert team from Atrium provided months of ever-changing guidance for conducting our public interactions safely in the face of COVID-19. But, that’s not all. Atrium staff filled wish lists for hundreds of children in our community, along with providing gift cards for low-income seniors. When the time came to distribute gifts to families, Atrium employees filled scores of volunteer slots and provided personal protective equipment (PPE) for our staff and community volunteers, and supplied tents for the newly instituted drive-through process.

Community Donates Thousands of Coats in Charlotte Mechanical’s 10th Annual Coat Drive

​The 10th annual Charlotte Coat Drive has come to a close, and the team has just finished counting the coats placed in barrels around the city. Are you ready? You donated 4,023 new and gently used coats for those in need in our community!

The Leon Levine Foundation Continues its Partnership with The Salvation Army

The Leon Levine Foundation works to ensure everyone in our community, who has the desire and motivation, has an equal opportunity for success. The foundation focuses its investments in organizations that serve people who want to make a better life for themselves and their families through education and hard work.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte Awarded Remote Learning Site Grant

​The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte has been awarded a grant for $60,000 to provide temporary remote learning support for working families in our community.

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