The Community Shelter of Union County provides emergency shelter, food and rehousing services to those individuals and families in need within Union County. We promote a pathway to self-sufficiency which includes income stabilization and permanent housing. The agency is in its 28th year and just completed its first year in a new campus. We rely on the generosity of caring neighbors spread across business, government, houses of worship, schools and families.
Because of the strength and generosity throughout Union County, N.C., the Community Shelter of Union County has grown to become a major component of the county's safety net for our neighbors in need.
In the summer of 2019, the Shelter moved into a new, 90-bed facility that was the result of a $4 million capital campaign led by former CEO Kathy Bragg. That expansion was particularly timely, giving the Shelter space necessary to better serve the community through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
In that challenging year, the Shelter spread the resident population by adding shifts in its dining hall for residents and outside clients (our dining hall serves any Union County resident suffering a food deficit), and reserving hotel rooms for overflow and for those more vulnerable because of pre-existing medical issues.
For its efforts in late 2019 and 2020, the Shelter was recognized for its innovation by the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the NC Housing authority.
The Shelter operates a 60-day program for those experiencing homelessness. We help residents save, develop budgets, prepare for employment and secure any benefits that apply, negotiate rental agreements with landlords, then proving moving assistance, housewares if needed, and with counseling for up to a year after leaving the Shelter.
We are audited annually and are governed by a 27-member board of directors, and strive constantly to be a good steward of resources donated toward our mission.
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