The Relatives’ Family Update – January 2020
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Amber has been a part of The Relatives family since she was 16. She first came to our youth crisis center when she found herself homeless. Escaping an abusive and unsupportive family, she ended up sleeping in a 24-hour Harris Teeter. When she was approached by an employee, she knew she wanted to change her life for the better.
Luckily, The Relatives stepped in. We welcomed her with open arms and ensured she was safe. Upon leaving the crisis center, Amber began attending workshops at our On Ramp resource center, where she was able to connect with a transition specialist. Over time, Amber has finally felt what it means to be embraced for who she is and encouraged to strive for her dreams. She received the one-on-one support she needed to become a thriving adult.
Even with all the resources available within our programs, and all the support given from our dedicated staff and volunteers, we still rely on the help of community partners. This is where HOAR Construction was able to become a part of Amber’s story. HOAR Construction started out as a neighbor, then became a sponsor of our annual breakfast, and is now helping employ our young adults. They worked with Amber to give her a full-time job with benefits that is setting her up to be a contributing member of the community. With HOAR Construction’s partnership, we’ve been able to show Amber that she has so many supporters in her corner and we’ve given her the social capital she needs to succeed.
For the past five years, we have all been devoted to Amber – treating her as a valued individual and providing a safe, accepting environment. We’ve built her up, nurtured her ability to be a part of healthy relationships, and helped her recover – or discover – her confidence and purpose. We couldn’t be more proud of where Amber is today.
Dancing for Our Youth
On March 7, six Charlotte community and corporate leaders will take the Knight Theater stage and raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and six local charitable organizations, one being The Relatives.
Jennifer Doyle (Managing Director, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking) will be dancing to raise funds for our youth and young adults. $1 equals one vote for Jennifer.
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