At RunningWorks, we promote a work-first approach to ending and preventing homelessness. We believe in empowering team members with the knowledge and tools they need to secure and maintain employment.
Once employed and educated on financial management, our team members are better prepared to afford, secure and maintain housing. However, we have found that a lack of transportation is an issue for many of our team members attending the programs at the Urban Ministry Center and Relatives On Ramp Resource Center. Those looking for work have difficulty getting to interviews, and others have been unable to accept jobs because they did not have reliable transportation.
We reached out to the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation for help, and they answered the call. RunningWorks was awarded a $2,600 grant to assist with providing transportation for team members transitioning out of homelessness. The grant will cover the cost to provide a month of transportation for at least 30 team members.
In all, the Housing Opportunity Foundation awarded $55,000 in funding to 20 nonprofit charities this year though its Community Grants Program. In addition to distributing funds, the foundation collected over 1,100 books to donate to Promising Pages. The book donation was made in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd, the sister of former U.S. Senator Malcolm Graham and one of the nine victims of the Charleston church massacre who lost their lives in 2015.
Graham served as the guest speaker at the Housing Opportunity Foundation’s Opening Hearts, Opening Doors luncheon, held September 7 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. For more information about the Housing Opportunity Foundation and the work the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association is doing in the community, visit www.CarolinaHome.com.