By Kimberly Paulk, SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.
How many paychecks could you miss before becoming homeless? According to MarketWatch most Americans are just a single paycheck away from being unable to make their mortgage payment.
“Situational” homelessness happens more than you might think. This is the type of unexpected scenario that anyone can face – being without a place to stay for a variety of reasons, like job loss due to injury or layoff, as a result of a specific emergency, or maybe even the death of a primary wage earner.
Situated on four acres in Huntersville, Hope House Foundation provides a place where single women or moms with children can spend up to six months in a safe, supportive environment. While Hope House provides housing and support services, they are neither a battered women’s shelter nor a substance abuse recovery center. Instead, they describe themselves as simply a place for residents to call “home” as they get back on their feet.
Hope House opened its doors in 2009 and can house up to 12 residents at a time. Their large team of dedicated volunteers can always use another pair of hands. If you’re interested in getting involved, learn more about them at SHARE Charlotte and check out the opportunities below.
Seeds of Hope Gardening project – Help in the garden! Supervised children ages 10 and up are welcome!
Rays of Hope volunteers – Volunteer at Hope House for a 3 hours shift and serve in a number of ways, from answering phones to mentoring residents.