Sisters House Transitional
Changing The Course of Women’s Lives —
One at a Time….
For I was hungry, and you gave me food:
I was thirsty, and you gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and you took me in…Matthew: 25:35
The mission of MSH is to provide shelter for single homeless women in a safe environment, while providing resources to improve mental health, physical health, financial health, spiritual heath and legal health and empower the residents with the tools needed to become self-sufficient and end their homelessness.
My Sister’s House Goals
GOAL #1 – To provide social and supportive services that will address the barriers that initiated the path to homelessness. Clients work closely with Case Managers through weekly meetings and workshops to address issues that previously created barriers. Included are workshops to educate women on wellness and health issues, thus creating a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
GOAL #2– To offer a stable and supportive living environment that will promote sanctuary and solace for the nights - goals, support, and optimism for a brighter tomorrow. Our guests are integrated into their own “community” and assigned duties or “chores” to maintain the living environment. My Sister's House is home, and family members are expected to take care of their home.
GOAL #3– To provide opportunities for education and job training that will improve the capability to attain a living-wage job. On site GED classes and the onsite Job readiness program at Cornerstone Career Development Center will facilitate education and job training classes to prepare women to be productive and successful in the workforce.
Friendship Community Development Corp (FCDC), in conjunction with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC) in answering the call to the Faith Community for assistance, participated in the Salvation Army’s Temporary Satellite Shelter Project for Single Women - a project to address the overflow of homeless single women. In accepting the call to shelter those in need, the plan for “My Sister’s House” Transitional Living Center was envisioned and then created. Since opening our doors 2 years ago, My Sister’s House Transitional Living Center has provided meals, shelter, and support services to MORE THAN 100 WOMEN enabling over 75% to move on to independent living situations.
The “face” of the homeless in Charlotte has changed drastically over the last decade...
Through no direct fault of their own, hundreds of single women and women with children are forced into homelessness daily...
My Sister’s House - Transitional Living Center provides case management services that will focus on teaching life-skills support and on coordination of supportive services help remove the barriers that led to homelessness.
Prospective Residents may be faced with issues of:
- Loss of employment
- Loss of stable housing
- Underemployment or lack of up-to-date employment skills
- Low Self-esteem
- Lack of education
- Lack of Job retention skills
- Prior eviction/poor rental history
- History of Drug /Alcohol Abuse
- Lack of, or no knowledge of available supportive services
- Mental Insecurity due to current life situation
At My Sisters House We believe…
Every human being— regardless of social status— has the right to be treated with dignity and respect
...Urge me not to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people will be my people and your God my God…
Ending Homelessness requires utilization and collaboration of community resources to reduce and prevent its recurrence. We work in alliance with various community partners and agencies to provide case management and other supportive services to reduce the risk of future homelessness.
MSH Community Partners:
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Bank of America Foundation
Charlotte Mecklenburg Homeless Services Network (HSN)
C.W. Williams Community Health Center
Sisters of Mercy Foundation
Mecklenburg County Department of Socia Services
City of Charlotte
Wells Fargo Foundation Grant