Summit focuses on hunger, homelessness

May. 04, 2013 @ 04:49 PM

Tuesday, May 7 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Union County Community Shelter will be hosting its first Hunger & Homeless Summit for the community. 

The summit will be hosted by Central United Methodist Church, 801 S. Hayne Street in Monroe. 

Shelter staff, along with churches, government officials, civic groups and interested parties will come together to discuss hunger and homelessness issues in the community. 

Topics will include best practices on collaboration efforts, identifying food pantries county-wide, the latest strategies on serving the homeless and the next steps for community solutions. 

It is the first event like this and the shelter is hoping to make it an annual event. 

The rapid re-housing program and partner promise models will also be discussed. A client who has used the shelter's emergency motel program and the rapid re-housing program will speak to the group about her experiences. 

In 2011-2012, 29 families used the emergency motel program until they found stabilized housing. That number includes 60 adults and 97 children, with 6,048 overnight stays.

The shelter served 34,990 meals in 2011-2012, roughly 96 meals a day. They also sent 202 food boxes into the community through the hope pantry.

The shelter saw 5,879 overnight stays with 306 people. Of that, 39 people were successfully moved into stabilized housing. 

Last year, the shelter managed 300 individual cases. 

As a nonprofit, they rely on volunteers and donations. The summit will explore how members of the community can help them tackle homelessness and hunger in the county. 

For more information, call Donna Freeman at 704-261-3497.