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Charlotte Observer | November 21, 2021

It was during his 44 days of incarceration at the Mecklenburg County Jail that Javarrus Jeter heard about Kenny Robinson and Jennifer Vollmer, somewhat known as guardian angels at the local jail.

Vollmer and Robinson run the Black People’s Community Justice Center and Freedom Fighting Missionaries, organizations dedicated to supporting formerly and currently incarcerated people and their families. Incarcerated people call their phones all day, and the lucky ones get through to one of them.

It’s rare they take cases like Jeter’s — his bail was set too high at $60,000, and their funding is small — but something about his case spoke to them, Robinson said, and they got him out.

Back at home, he applied for jobs and went to the Relatives, a local youth support organization, where he received therapy and learned about money management.

LGBTQ+ youth homelessness getting worse in Charlotte

Charlotte Observer | September 28, 2021



LendingTree Foundation announces inaugural LendaHand Alliance cohort

LendingTree Foundation is looking to transform the corporate giving model with the launch of its signature philanthropy program, the LendaHand Alliance.

Powered by a $3.75 million infusion from the foundation, selected nonprofits each will receive $375,000 — divided as $125,000 over three years — to invest in homeownership, upward mobility, financial wellness, and entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, cohort members will meet quarterly to foster collaboration and gain access to the foundation’s business expertise and social capital.

Several major organizations are launching a joint effort to combat housing instability and homelessness in Charlotte.

It is described as “a comprehensive community-wide effort” to create a strategic plan around housing instability and homelessness in the community.

The 2025 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Strategy is led by Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer for Bank of America and Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health.

Nearly 50 city, county, non-profit and corporate leaders are all part of this comprehensive community undertaking.


Truist Field, Home of the Charlotte Knights, Officially a Safe Place Partner

MILB.com | March 26, 2021

In March of 2021, Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights, officially became a Safe Place partner, becoming the first large-scale sports venue in the United States to hold the title. We hope that more teams will follow our footsteps and help extend the Safe Place network into new territory.

CATS Announce Winner Of Annual Safe Space Youth Art Contest

WCCB | March 20, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CATS officials unveil the winner of the annual Safe Place Week youth art contest with their artwork to be displayed on CATS buses and trains across Charlotte ahead of National Safe Place Week.

Officials say the winning artwork was created by child staying at The Relatives’ Youth Crisis Center, and reflects how the artist feels about the yellow Safe Place sign, which indicates a safe haven for youth in crisis.

National Safe Place Week runs from March 21st through March 27th and recognizes Safe Place agencies for their outreach and prevention programs for youth in crisis.

“As a transit system that views safety as our top priority, we are thrilled to continue this partnership that helps provide an essential connection to help and resources a child in crisis may need,” says John Lewis, CATS CEO. 

WBTV Covers National Safe Place Week with The Relatives

QC@3 | March 18, 2021

Brand Builders Podcast with Trish Hobson, Executive Director of The Relatives

Dunstan Group | July 9, 2020

It’s no secret the teen and preteen years can be tough years.. and sometimes, youth find themselves wanting to just run away from it all. We also know, that can create a lot of unsafe conditions for children who are vulnerable to crime and trafficking. The Relatives was established in 1974 for this reason – it is a safe place kids can go, while getting trained help to work on issues that can keep them with their families or another safe place.

Trish Hobson joins the BrandBuilders Podcast to tell us more about this important work being done right in the heart of Dilworth, on East Boulevard.

The Relatives receives grant from Bank of America to help support youth and young adults in crisis

The Relatives receives grant from Bank of America to help support youth and young adults in crisis

May 28, 2020

The Relatives, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping kids safe and preparing youth and young adults to be healthy, productive, engaged members of the community, has received a grant from Bank of America.

The $25,000 grant will support the mission of The Relatives and their ability to provide services to youth and young people in crisis.

“Our goal for each young person we serve is for them to grasp and embrace their place in the world as a contributing member of society.” says Executive Director, Trish Hobson. “We appreciate Bank of America’s generous award and continued support of the community.”

The grant is part of Bank of America’s philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs and workforce development for individuals and families, in particular during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Relatives is a truly unique organization in our community – no other nonprofit provides the services they do,” said Bank of America Charlotte Market President Charles Bowman. “Without The Relatives, young people in crisis in this city wouldn’t have a place to go. We’re grateful for the critical support they provide.”


Charlotte Talks: The Rise of Youth Homelessness

WFEA | February 11, 2020

According to recent point-in-time counts in Charlotte, 2017 found 1,476 people experiencing homelessness, 2018 found 1,668, and 2019 had 2,106. The 2020 point-in-time count took place last month and totals are expected to increase.

In a city flush with development, banking and wealth, homeless camps dot the landscape in a stark contrast. What’s causing the surge in homelessness and what is being done to care for homeless youth – the city’s most vulnerable? We discuss the issue with organizations, officials and a young person experiencing homelessness in Charlotte. Listen to our Executive Director, Trish Hobson and a young adult utilizing the On Ramp Resource Center discuss these issues. Read More…


Bank of America News Release – Neighborhood Builders Award

October 7, 2019

We are so excited to be the 2019 recipient of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award. This award includes a gift of $200,000 in flexible funding as well as the opportunity for our Executive Director, Trish Hobson, along with an emerging leader to attend a leadership training program. This leadership training program is national in nature and connects other Neighborhood Builder winners from other U.S. markets, resulting in a network of contacts for each participating non-profit.


Thomas Montaglione at Point Source Youth Conference on Rapid Rehousing

Our Young Adult Program Manager, Thomas Montaglione shared the success of our Rapid Rehousing program with attendees at the Southern Symposium for Youth Homelessness by Point Source Youth.


Here’s how the county may spend millions on rent subsidies for those ‘stuck’ in shelters

By: Lauren Lindstrom | September 26, 2019

A trio of proposals to use Mecklenburg County’s $11 million allocation for rental subsidies would target those most in need of housing, including people who are very low-income, elderly, chronically homeless or experiencing domestic violence.

MeckHOME would house nearly 900 people over four years with short-term rental subsidies and case management, county commissioners learned this week. The program is modeled after A Way Home, which provides two-year rental subsidies to low-income families with an endowment through the Foundation for the Carolinas, though it would also serve single men and women.

The $6.3 million request would team up the Salvation Army, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte/Urban Ministry Center, and youth-focused nonprofit The Relatives to house single residents, families, and young adults with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income. Read More…


Criminal Record Bars Many Young Adults From Stable Housing

By: Thomas Montaglione, The Relatives | September 25, 2019

Each year, thousands of young adults filter through the criminal justice system in Charlotte, N.C. While a lot of attention is given to finding solutions for decreasing the number of young adults in the system, equal attention must be paid to meeting their needs post-incarceration.

Upon their release, young adults often encounter barriers that limit their access to stable housing, employment, and education. These barriers often result in housing instability, putting young adults at a higher risk for becoming repeat offenders. Read More…


Finding Home: Young Adults Struggle With Housing In Charlotte

By: Sarah Delia, WFAE | September 23, 2019

Finding housing can be tough even when you have a reliable job and a good credit score. It can be an even bigger challenge for a portion of the population that lacks rental and credit histories and stable income – young adults. Add the rising cost of rent to that list, and the deck can be stacked high against 18- to 24-year-old’s trying to find a safe and secure place to live.

That’s where The Relatives comes in. The Charlotte nonprofit specifically works with young adults struggling to obtain sustainable housing. Step inside Zhane Roberts’ apartment in east Charlotte and she’s beaming with pride. One of the first things the 19-year-old did when she moved in was paint the walls a soft gray. She describes the decorating aesthetics of her one-bedroom apartment as warm, clean and homey. Read More…


New bill targets homelessness among former NC foster care children

By: WSOCTV, Channel 9 | May 17, 2019

A new bill in the North Carolina General Assembly would provide assistance to foster care children who age out of the system without any family support.

The bill would allow foster children to apply for federal housing assistance when they turn 16. It would then give them three choices for where they want to live six months before they turn 18 and age out of the system. Read More…


We Built This City: Trish Hobson and The Relatives

By: Gatesy Hill, Junior League of Charlotte

There is a familiar Nigerian proverb that suggests, “It take a village to raise a child.”

For some children in our city, their immediate surroundings can unravel, leaving them without a center. This is where Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) past President and sustaining member Trish Hobson and her incredible team at Charlotte’s non-profit, The Relatives, step in.

Trish, who serves as the Executive Director for The Relatives, actively lives out the truth of this age-old saying daily. “Most of [these children]don’t have the resources to become independent [adults],” says Trish, “they have either aged out of foster care or have been pushed out of their homes, so we help get them on their way to independent [living].” Read More…


Safe Place logo is a symbol of safety, not controversy

By: Trish Hobson, Special to the Charlotte Observer | March 15, 2019

As we prepare to celebrate National Safe Place Week, I want to express my disappointment in the Kevin Siers cartoon published March 6 in the Observer. Unfortunately, the cartoon associated the Safe Place logo with the polarized discussion of immigration. As the Executive Director of The Relatives, which provides oversight to over 650 Safe Place locations, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind readers that the Safe Place logo is a symbol of hope and safety for youth who are in crisis. Read More…


Wilson’s World: The Relatives Youth Crisis Center Celebrates 45 Years

By: John Wilson | March 13, 2019

Again this year, as part of National Safe Place Week, The Relatives’ Youth Crisis Center will be celebrating with Robert’s Walk and Community Celebration. This year’s celebration will be special as it marks 45 years of The Relatives helping the youth in the Charlotte area. Wilson at The Relatives center this morning talking about their 45 years of service to the community. Read more and watch video…


Charlotte Nonprofit Raises Private Funds to House Couch-surfing Youth 

By: Tammy Joyner | January 31, 2019

Charlotte/Mecklenburg County has the highest number of homeless people in the state, according to 2017 data from the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness. One national public policy expert called The Relatives “a community leader” in the innovative way it is addressing youth and young adult homelessness.

“They’re a fantastic community service provider to young people and families,” said Eric Masten, public policy director at National Network for Youth in Washington, D.C. “Some of the solutions like Rapid Re-Housing don’t necessarily meet the needs of young people or families. So we see communities and programs like The Relatives utilizing the resources they can access … to make sure the young people and families are using national and community resources to make sure they have the full constellation of housing and services to help them transition successfully.” Read More…


Local Center Provides Pathways to Stability for Homeless Youth

By: Courtney Mihocik, Creative Loafing Charlotte | September 19, 2018

Jason Indenbaum, a case manager at On Ramp Resource Center, couldn’t wait to share his excitement about the recent success story of a client. After being stranded in Charlotte with no home or support system, the client was at The Relatives, a network of resources in Charlotte designed to connect homeless or unstably housed youth and young adults.

He was on Indenbaum’s caseload for less than a year, working to get on his feet for about six months before securing a job with Job Corps and moving to Memphis, Tennessee. Since then, Indenbaum said the client has completed his certification in phlebology and signed on with the military in a medical branch. He recently sent Indenbaum a picture of his newly signed contract. Read More…


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