Our Story


RunningWorks is a values-led, mentorship-driven 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. The program was founded in 2012 by Meredith Dolhare as a way to reach out to the homeless community and encourage them to rediscover the value of hard work, determination and self-respect. Learn more about our founder, Meredith Dolhare, by clicking here.

In the past six years, the program has grown beyond a weekly running program and now provides career development services, mental health counseling, group therapy and housing initiatives.

After five years of operating out of a borrowed room at the Urban Ministry Center, RunningWorks opened a home office near Uptown Charlotte in 2017. The new “headquarters” includes donated a computer lab, where participants can complete job searches, look for housing, and do school work. There is also a lounge area, open during designated times each week, where participants can gather, find respite from inclement weather or do laundry. The biggest bonus of the new space is that it is an ideal setting to host our classroom-style life skill sessions as well as individual and group therapy counseling sessions.

RunningWorks provides outreach services and programs for children, teens and adults in Mecklenburg County, Rowan County and York County who may be in need of help transitioning out of homelessness, unemployment and addiction. We provide activity-based programs and educational workshops designed to help participants navigate pathways to successful futures by achieving goals in health, education, employment, housing and independent living

Services offered include:

  • Intensive case management, including assessment and individualized service planning
  • Help accessing benefits, navigating community resources and programs, health care and other supports, including informal ones
  • Aid with family relationships, support and reunification
  • Life skills development
  • Support through treatment and recovery
  • Financial literacy training and job readiness
  • Support for self-advocacy with landlords, neighbors, employers, criminal justice and school systems.
  • Weekly opportunities for physical activity and educational workshops/ seminars
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Interpersonal skill development
  • Opportunities for community inclusion of marginalized populations
  • Provide bus passes for participants to transport to and from work, school, health appointments, job interviews and other tasks for daily living.

For more information, please call (980) 500-8RUN or email info@runningworks.org

Meet the RunningWorks Team