The Relatives Family Update
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I recently met a young person, Jacquelyn, who found relief, acceptance, and a safe alternative to running away at The Relatives.
Jacquelyn’s sexual identity was difficult for her mother to accept and, as a result, her mother was becoming emotionally abusive. Feeling unsafe, misunderstood, and unloved, Jacquelyn ran away from home. CMPD contacted The Relatives after Jacquelyn’s mother reported her daughter missing. For so many youths, running away can seem as though it’s their only option.
The Relatives was able to work with Jacquelyn on alternatives to being homeless, including a few nights spent at our Youth Crisis Center, while connecting her mother with counseling services. Jacquelyn has returned home and reunited with her mother. Today, fear and doubt have been replaced by compassion and hope.
November is National Runaway Prevention month where we shine a light on the experiences faced by runaway and homeless young people. In honor of Runaway Prevention month, the Charlotte skyline will be green the evening of Friday, November 24.
I am grateful that you walk beside these vulnerable young people every day of the year through your kind support.
Thank you for being a Relative.
Caroling With The Relatives
“Be Merry & Make Memories”
Please join us for caroling December 10th 2023 from 4 to 6 pm at our crisis center house located at 1100 East Blvd, Charlotte NC 28203.
RSVP to Casey Field by December 5th, 2023.
Holidays at The Relatives
Every year The Relatives hosts a holiday party for the young people at the Resource Center. This year’s holiday party will be held on Friday December 15th.
Give a young person experiencing crisis a happy holiday season by shopping our Amazon Holiday Wishlist. Give a little, gain a lot, and change a life!
If you’re interested in volunteering for the holiday party, then please attend our Virtual Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday November 29th at 6:00 p.m. This will be our last volunteer orientation of the year and space is limited, so sign-up today!
Safety Can Start With You
November is National Runaway Prevention Month and The Relatives is proud to shine a light on the safe alternatives available to young people experiencing crisis. 1 in 10 young people, ages 18 to 25, and 1 in 30 youth, ages 13 to 17, will experience homelessness in a given year. 52% of these unhoused young people reported feeling unsafe.
In addition to The Relatives Runaway Prevention partnership with CMPD, The Relatives is the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County overseeing a network of over 685 schools, businesses, churches, and community spaces who can provide immediate relief for youth in crisis.
Tune in to Power 98 on December 7th
Power 98 is partnering with The Relatives for their annual Radiothon!
Tune in to Power 98, Charlotte’s number one hip-hop and r&b station, on December 7th any time between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to hear stories about and interviews from the young people we serve.
A Breakfast To Remember
Our 2023 Breakfast With The Relatives helped young people experiencing crisis become rooted for the future. Thank you to the new family members and old friends who joined us at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for this special event. Breakfast With The Relatives’ success would not have been possible without the generous support of our wonderful sponsors:
The Oliver Private Wealth Management Group
Harker Construction, Hobson Builders, Morrison Millwork, Wells Fargo
Role Model Sponsors:
Alston & Bird, CNP Technologies, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Deephaven Mortgage, Deloitte, Healthy Blue NC, Next Level Technician, Novant Health, Publix Supermarket Charities, Spectrum, Steelfab
Beau Monde, Collier Law, Giving With Grace Foundation, Lowe’s, Pinnacle Financial Partners, PNC, Towne Bank, Wealth Enhancement Group