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.   

Ongoing:  Opportunities to serve at The Urban Ministry

What:  The Urban Ministry serves our neighbors experiencing homelessness. There are many opportunities to serve. Some of these include:  preparing and serving lunch or drinks, answering the phone, sorting mail, assisting with laundry, greeting neighbors at the front desk, leading a Bible study or prayer group, serving as a counselor.  Orientation, training/shadowing are provided.  Volunteer as little or as much as you can - once a week or once a month.  

How:  Attend a Lunch & Learn at The Urb to learn more about how programs and wrap-around services provided by The Urb to end chronic homelessness.  The next Lunch and Learn is scheduled for April 24 at 12:00 pm.  If you already know about the Urb, plan on attending an upcoming orientation so that you will be able to volunteer on site.  April 9 (3:00 - 4:00) or April 25 (10:00 - 11:00).  Contact Karen Brown if you would like to attend one of these programs.  Learn more about volunteer opportunities at The Urb here.   

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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