Caring for Charlotte


Conversations around Caring for Charlotte

Caring for Charlotte, St. Gabriel’s response to Charlotte’s economic mobility crisis will host a series of conversations and programs around this topic.  All are invited to attend all or any of them.  This is a meaningful opportunity to begin the new year digging deeper into the complex issues facing many of our neighbors.   

Special Program:  Class Matters

When:  Saturday, January 12, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:  Fellowship Hall
What:  Class Matters is an interactive workshop that offers insight into the world of people living in poverty and how we view economic class.  Presented by Dr. Paul Hanneman, ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA and retired program director for Urban Ministry.  Through the interactive workshop, discussion on how the survival-based orientation of those living in poverty impacts learning, work, and decision-making and how this differs from the middle class.  Presented by Dr. Paul Hanneman, recently retired program director of Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center. 

Find details and sign up information here.

Special Program:  Conversations with the Homeless and our own Steve Pernotto

When:  Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:30 pm
Where:  Fellowship Hall
What:  St. Gabriel Church’s own parishioner, Steve Pernotto is a volunteer counselor at The Urban Ministry and has written a book sharing the individual stories of the people he has encountered serving. Come hear his reflections on homelessness in Charlotte.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase and all proceeds go to The Urban Ministry Center.  

Special Program:  Exploring Bridges Out of Poverty

When:  Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:30 pm
Where:  Ministry Center, Rooms A & B
What:  Pedro Perez, Executive Director of Charlotte Family Housing, will lead this conversation about the hidden rules of poverty, middle class and wealth. 

Special Program:  Book Discussion

When:  Book to be announced in January.  When:  Choose from Thursday, Feb 21 at 6:30 pm or Monday, February 25 at 9:30 am.
What:  Book discussion.  Book to be announced in January.  Check back for details. 



Affordable Housing

We are committed to supporting local efforts that provide affordable housing for families, women with children, and those facing situational homelessness. 

Charlotte Family Housing

Charlotte Family Housing helps families achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive servies and advocacy.  Our volunteers serve on Hope Teams to provide mentoring, friendship and support to CFH families. Learn more here.  

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Charlotte builds homes and provides critical home repairs for qualified families.  Our parish is building our fourth Habitat home and provides construction crew volunteers for other homes. Learn more here.  

Homemakers of Mercy

Our HOM ministry furnishes and sets up apartments for almost 80 families a year, who are moving out of homelessness.  Families are referred to us through Supportive Housing Initiative, the Salvation Army, Rapid Rehousing and Diocese of Charlotte Refugee Resettlement office. Learn more here.  

Men's Homeless Shelter

Our Men's Shelter ministry prepares and serves dinner to about 500 Shelter residents on the last Friday of each month at their two locations on North Tryon St. and Statesville Rd. in Charlotte.  Contact Wally Penilla for details.

Room In The Inn 

St. Gabriel Church partners with the Urban Ministry Center to provide shelter and food for homeless guests in our Parish Center Hall one night a week during the winter months, December 1 – March 31.  Learn more here.  

Early Literacy & Education

We are committed to supporting community organizations that provide tutoring and early literacy support in under-resourced schools.  

Freedom School

Freedom School is  6-week summer literacy and character- building program for disadvantaged children in grades 1-8.  Our parish hosts 3 weeks of the program held at Oakhurst Academy.  We recruit and provide volunteers and raise money to sponsor students.  Learn more here.


Our parish provides opportunities for volunteers to learn about opportunities to serve as literacy and math tutors through respected organizations that help under-resourced schools.  Learn more here.

Social Capital  

We are committed to strengthening social capital of disadvantaged middle and high school students through mentoring students and supporting teachers at an under-resourced school.  Social capital is access to people with information, opportunities, and resources - one of the key components in rising above poverty.  

Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Cochrane Academy is a grades 6-12 school serving high-poverty students in east Charlotte.  Our parish hosts staff appreciation events, speakers for career days, collects school supplies, and more.  Providing mentors for students is a key part of our support.  Learn more here.

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