Our Beginnings

The Union County Community Shelter provides food, emergency shelter and instruction to those individuals and families in need within our community. We promote a pathway to self-sufficiency which includes income stabilization and permanent housing.

The Union County Community Shelter was operated by Crisis Assistance from 1985 to 1994 as a winter shelter with maximum capacity of 15 male clients. A 1992 study of homelessness in Union County indicated the number of homeless was increasing. The need for comprehensive services to assist those individuals and families was evident.

The Union County Council on Homeless Prevention formed in 1994, became a United Way Agency and expanded the months of operation. The meal program was added in 1995, and plans to expand to include women and families were developed.

Renovations were completed in October 1998 through the joint efforts of the City of Monroe, the faith community and the private sector. The Community Shelter currently accommodates men and women onsite and families with children through our motel program. We provide three nutritious meals a day, 365 days a year through our onsite soup kitchen. Last year, we served 15,600 meals onsite.

To further enhance services, the Board of Directors made the following changes in 2000:

In 2011, the board further defined our vision statement as “To help individuals or families achieve self-sufficiency and eliminate homelessness in our community.”  The mission statement was enhanced “to improve the quality of life in our community by providing shelter, food, clothing, guidance and love to those in need” while upholding the core values:

From 2012-present, the Community Shelter stresses a Rapid Rehousing approach to ending homelessness in our community. Individuals and families must participate in case management planning to stabilize their health, income and any obstacles that impede permanent housing.

With the assistance of a housing coordinator and case managers, clients are given resources and education to prepare for long term permanency success. Moving residents from homelessness back into permanent housing is the number one goal for everyone served.

Special criteria including sober living, case management goal attainment, income stabilization, Union County residency.  In 2014, the board approved a new mission statement with the vision to End Homelessness and Hunger in our Community.  The Union County Community Shelter provides food, emergency shelter and instruction to those individuals and families in need within our community.  We promote a pathway to self-sufficiency which includes income stabilization and permanent housing.

 

* Please find our Web Policy under the Stewardship tab.*

© Union County Community Shelter | 311 East Jefferson Street, Monroe, NC 28112-4825 | (704) 289-5300