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November 9, 2023 | Faith, Community and Non-Profit Leader Check-In Meeting

Our every other week check-in meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting compassionate community response to our most vulnerable neighbors. Meetings are held online every other Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Email LeDayne Polaski for Zoom access code. In addition, if you would like to receive notification when these minutes are posted, please email LeDayne and ask to be added to the Thursday meetings email list.

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In this Issue:


Opening Reflection

Reflect on and notice:

· Three things you can hear

· Two things you can touch

· One thing you can smell or taste

Take a deep breath and hold …

Let go and find yourself here, now with all of us.

1. MeckMIN Updates


These meetings are open to anyone or any group interested in promoting the common good in our shared Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

We do not allow announcements from for-profit groups promoting their businesses or campaigning from political candidates. Beyond that, we don’t have rules for who can speak or what they can share as long as they support our commitments to respectful conversation and the dignity of all people.

Because we have a very wide array of beliefs and understandings within our membership and because we want to keep these meetings open as an open forum, we’re going to add this disclaimer to the minutes: "The views and opinions expressed here are those of the speakers/presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the MeckMIN board or our member organizations."

SAVE The DATE: COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE Tuesday, November 21 | 7 - 9 PM | Trinity Presbyterian Church

Please start sharing the flyer with your communities. It is a really lovely service

Join us for one of the highlights of the year -- the annual Community-wide Interfaith Thanksgiving service which will be hosted this year by Trinity Presbyterian Church.

*Please help us by sharing this link event with your Facebook contacts:

Sponsorships/Display Tables (Catawba Drummers, Ramona Big Eagle)

If you wish to sponsor, we would welcome you. We are working to secure the Catawba Drummers and Ramona Big Eagle for the service and will need financial support to compensate them fairly.

There are some display tables available. For $1000 sponsorships, you could have a table in the narthex as people enter and also in the reception room afterwards.

For a $500 sponsorship, you could have a display table in the reception room.

Email LeDayne if you are interested in sponsoring.

Faith Leader Processional

All faith leaders are invited to be a part of the processional beginning the annual community Thanksgiving worship service wearing the vestments appropriate to their tradition. This is a beautiful, visible reminder of the rich religious diversity of our community. Recognizing that not all of our member communities have clergy, we extend this invitation to anyone who serves as a leader within a faith community.

Plan to be at Trinity Presbyterian Church by by 6:20 PM -- be mindful of the omnipresent traffic on Providence Rd. We'll gather in the Fellowship Hall, and a group photo will be taken at 6:30 p.m. We'll need to be in line for the processional by 6:45 PM.

Please let us know you'll participate by filling out this quick FORM

Interfaith Choir

All singers are invited to be a part of the interfaith choir at the annual community Thanksgiving worship service. Please let us know you'll participate by filling out this quick FORM

There will be two choir rehearsals, both held in the choir loft at Trinity Presbyterian Church (3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211). One will be on Sunday, November 19, at 5 p.m. The second will be before the service, exact time TBD.


We are planningto begin with people who speak languages other than English saying “welcome” in a non-English language. If this is something you feel called to participate in, please reach out to LeDayne at

Offering and Food Drive

An offering will be taken and will be split between MeckMIN and Crisis Assistance Ministries (CAM). Our friends there are telling us that they are seeing overwhelming need at this time in our community. As you are able, please plan to donate to the offering to support their work and ours.

Among the hundreds of families served at Crisis Assistance Ministry this year were a young mother and her two-year-old son at risk of losing their home. Having moved to Charlotte from several states away, she and her toddler are alone in the city without the support of family or friends. This mom had lost her job due to one too many days of calling off work as a result of last-minute cancelations by an unreliable childcare provider. After nearly two weeks of searching, she landed a new job and a better daycare center. But her first paycheck would come several days after her eviction court date.

Fortunately, after discussing her situation with a trained caseworker, this hardworking mother received the good news that funds were available to bring her rent current. With the specter of homelessness no longer looming, she can focus once again on building a stable life for herself and her son in their newly-adopted hometown.

We will also be sharing with Loaves and Fishes which is seeing the greatest need in their history.


This event has been cancelled due to a low number of registrations


December 19 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 19 as Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte NC 28216) will be hosting this year's last Open Tables.

At an Open Tables gathering, individuals from diverse congregations come together for fellowship and dining; with the goal of building relationships based on our shared humanity that go beyond the divides of tribalism. Register HERE


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2. Non-Profit Updates

The views and opinions expressed below are those of the speakers/presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the MeckMIN board or our member organizations.

MYEP GRANT PROGRAM (Mayor's Youth Employment Program)

Diamond Davies, M.Ed., MYEP Specialist | | 980-475-1174

Housing & Neighborhood Services |

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) provides all Charlotte youth with equitable career development opportunities to explore the world of work, build social capital, and enhance economic mobility. Participants explore careers, hone skills, and gain exposure to models of professionalism, creating pathways to attainable career goals. It does not depend on GPA or other achievement metric. They must complete the rigorous career training, however, to be considered.

We seek to build partnerships with host employers in Charlotte's economy's private, public, and non-profit sectors who can provide one-of-a-kind career experiences for MYEP participants. Businesses provide career experiences that help youth develop career goals, stay in school, achieve academically, and enhance social skills that enable them to succeed. This year we hope to have 500 or more students placed. It runs from June 24 – August 2nd. We have many types of businesses and includes grants to 501c3 orgs to pay for the students. That application closes in December.



Natasha Grant-Dean |

Mrs. Grant-Dean is the Strive Recruiter Sr./Academic Coach at CPCC. The CPCC Strive Scholarship is aimed to build a highly qualified Early Childhood Education Workforce in Mecklenburg County by increasing the number of teachers holding an Associate ‘s Degree in Early Childhood. STRIVE is a North Carolina scholarship for early childhood education students provided in partnership with the Foundation for the Carolinas and Mecklenburg County. The STRIVE scholarship can help you earn your degree to become a child care worker, preschool teacher, or pre-K teacher in North Carolina. The scholarship is increasing and improving the early childhood education workforce, helping recruit great people for child development jobs, particularly in the county's public pre-K classrooms.

We encourage you to attend a STRIVE scholarship information session to learn more.

You can find more information about what the scholarship covers, additional benefits and eligibility on their site: CPCC Strive Scholarship


Charlene Mack | | 704.451.0292

2541 connects, uplifts, and equips individuals and organizations with the tools necessary to build and sustain power in the service of a more equitable future. Launched recently to change the face of what community organizing expertise looks like. The work is to ensure that organizing occurs with people, not to them. Locally they trained some local leaders to generate participation. They are hired by organizations that want to improve the way they work in the community.

Fellowship Offerings

Power Made Practical ™ Activation Cohort

Expect to lift and surface 3-5 priorities for your region or organization, serving as a foundation for power building. You will also facilitate the development of 2-3 page organizing playbook.

Power Made Practical ™ Foundations Cohort

You’ll embark on a transformative power-building journey, strengthening your collective influence and unity with a cohort of change-makers. You’ll so receive expert coaching sessions that provide vital support, nurturing an organizing mindset essential for navigating challenges and achieving lasting change.


Meet the vending machine that dispenses hope and joy. The world-famous Light the World Giving Machines are returning to Charlotte December 14th through January 1st at the Promenade on Providence.

With the swipe of a credit card, you can give hot meals, new bedding, warm pajamas—even chickens and goats—to those in need. Options in this year’s Giving Machine start at just $5 and will include items requested by these three local charities: Baby Bundles, Beds for Kids, and The Relatives. For a full list of participating nonprofits and charitable donation options, as well as the entertainment schedule, visit

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covers all Light the World Giving Machine operational expenses. This generosity allows 100% of every donation to bless the life of someone in need.

The world needs your light! Make visiting the Giving Machines part of your holiday festivities this year! Invite friends and family to join you in this unique and memorable giving experience!

Charlotte donations will support Baby Bundles, The Relatives and Beds for Kids.


Ginny Harper | | 980.314.6027

Do you need help paying your heating or cooling bills? We offer programs to help eligible low-income households with their immediate energy needs

Assistance programs include the following:

Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) ​The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is a year-round program that assists individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis, a life threatening or health related emergency, and have a final notice or past due utility bill. Residents must meet the income guidelines, be responsible for the bill, provide their account number and show proof of income. Assistance is available year-round or until funds run out.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federal program available December - March that assists households with their home heating needs, so they won't have to choose between heating their homes and paying for other basic needs. You do not have to be at risk of disconnection or delinquent to take advantage of this one-time, direct vendor payment in the amount of $300, $400, or $500. Residents must meet the income guidelines, be responsible for the bill, provide their account number and show proof of income.

December is application priority month for residents age 60 or older, or disabled and receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. Income limit has been increased this year as well to 150% of poverty level.

Go to their site for more information about income guidelines, ways to apply in person, on the phone, via mail, via website or via email.

She is looking to do extra work in East Charlotte, specifically with the Latino community and they aren’t getting a lot of applications from them. She would love help getting it out. If you work with this community, please consider sharing this opportunity with them.


The Helping Out Mecklenburg homeowners with Economic Support (HOMES) Program is returning for another season beginning July 1 – Dec. 15. This year, the County partnered with the City of Charlotte to provide additional grant funding to qualifying residential homeowners to help address the rising costs of retaining their homes.

Grant funds will be paid to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector, who will reduce the total amount of taxes due for qualifying recipients' primary residence. The amount granted will be equal to 25% of the Mecklenburg County tax amount on the last available tax bill, rounded to the nearest dollar, not to exceed $426. If you live within the Charlotte City limits, you may qualify for an additional grant. The amount granted will be equal to 25% of the City of Charlotte tax amount on the last available tax bill, rounded to the nearest dollar, not to exceed $234. Qualifying residents may receive up to $660 if awarded the maximum amount for both grants.

Go to their website for details about eligibility, application procedures and more.

The deadline has been extended to December 15


Christian Science invites all to their Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, November 23 at 10:30 AM at 1048 E Morehead St - child care provided- please bring a donation for Loaves and Fishes and we will deliver this to them!


Joe Hamby

On Saturday, November 11, from 10a.m. – 2p.m., join Independent Picture House for their free November event focused on: confronting public fatigue toward homelessness, demonstrating that it can be solved, and inspiring action to tackle homelessness neighborhood by neighborhood. This event will include:

10a.m. – 11a.m.: A Resource Fair in the Charlotte Art League Gallery Space. Organizations at the Resource Fair will include Roof Above, Samaritan House, United Way of Greater Charlotte, Project Outpour, Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region, and Pivot Point Transitional Housing. The 7-piece Queen City Jazz Band will perform in the theater. Representatives from Roof Above will instruct guests on making sandwiches for our shelter guests. Coffee and treats will be available.

11a.m.– 12:30 p.m.: A screening of Susanne Suffredin’s “@home,” followed by a talkback session. This discussion will be moderated by Liz Clasen-Kelly (CEO of Roof Above) and include Susanne Suffredin (director of “@home”), Mark Horvath (subject of “@home”), Rodney Tucker (Executive Director of Samaritan House) and Laura Yates Clark (President & CEO of United Way of Greater Charlotte).

12:30p.m. – 2 p.m.: A 3-piece version of the Queen City Jazz Band will perform in the Gallery Space while the Resource Fair continues. Beverages and treats will be provided.

Save your spot. (The event is FREE but donations are welcome.)


Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte (RTGC)’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives. We mobilize community volunteers and contractors to provide repairs that make homes safer and healthier for our neighbors in need. We also actively partner with other local organizations to connect the communities we serve with additional resources to meet their needs and help them create healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods. Our vision is safe homes and communities for everyone

Find their programs HERE

Applications will be paused in January and February to deal with the Backlog.

Rebuilding Spirits Is coming up on Thursday Nov 30th from 5:30 – 8pm at NODA Brewing Company, 150 W 32nd Street. Event proceeds will support critical home repairs to make sure our neighbors have a safe and healthy place to call home for the holidays. It's time to pull out your ugliest holiday sweater! Attendees with the ugliest sweaters have a chance to win a Lowe's gift card.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to build and decorate a gingerbread house at the event and submit their house to compete against others. A panel of judges will determine the winner and offer additional superlatives. There will be a trophy at stake!

Your $10 ticket will includes on drink, appetizers and gingerbread house building kit.


This will be the second annual International Holiday Bazaar sponsored by Wedgewood Church. This year, the Bazaar will be held at a new location, 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Refugee Support Services. This Bazaar is 100% to benefit the refugees in the Charlotte area. We are seeking refugees who have handmade items that they would like to sell at the bazaar. There is no charge to vendor and they keep 100% of their profits. We are also seeking other vendors with handmade items to sell. Non-refugee vendors are not charged to participate, but they are asked to give a minimum of 15% of their profits to Refugee Support Services. Vendors may arrive at 10:00 on Dec 3 to set up. Space is limited so we would like to have commitments as soon as possible. We also seek musicians that would like to entertain for donations. Church members, we need you to help us find vendors and to help with set up and take down on December 3. Interested in becoming a vendor? Send us an email at This is an awesome event and the best place for holiday shopping in Charlotte. More info on our Facebook page.


Katie Troy

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool is looking for donations of bilingual preschool-age books for our holiday gift drive. We would need these donations by December 15th. Here is our Amazon Wishlist


Diego Torres |

SATURDAY, Nov 18th Resource Fair for for newcomers from 9-3. Looking for folks to serve.

Need for volunteers. They have more families than ever, increasing every week.

The weekend before Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to give thanks for all the blessings we have received in the past year. And for this reason, we would like to invite you to this meaningful and memorable event.

Please check the links below and sign up for the time slot of your choosing.

If you can fill out the form at your convenience, I would appreciate it. I want to let you know that this event is getting a lot of interest from other organizations who have helped us in the past. And I want to give you the opportunity first to sign up for this event.

On the first floor, we will have:

· Covid-19 vaccines and Boosters

· A registration station will be in the Immigrant Welcome Center

· HIV tests, basic health checkups and Mecklenburg Health Department will each have a separate office space

On the second floor

· The first room will be for distributing coats and clothing

· The flag room will be where organizations will give out their information to the families

· The last room will be for distributing groceries, gift cards, and over the counter medicine

*Please arrive a few minutes before your starting time to volunteer to get your assignment. For those helping to set up the fair, please arrive right at

Again, thank you so much for your time, support, and contributions. Without your participation, this event would not be possible. To sign up, please click on the appropriate link:

Give a coat, and coat a heart! In the Latin American Coalition we will start collecting coats in good condition. Let's make the cold warmer. Where can you donate? At The Latin American Coalition, 4939 Central Ave.


Roses Health and Home Program is committed to providing safe, healthy, and nurturing environments for individuals at risk of homelessness. From skilled professionals struggling to make ends meet to veterans with disabilities, we provide holistic support to those in need. Our approach transcends the provision of mere shelter. Instead, we aim to foster personal growth and community connection among our residents, building the foundation for a brighter, more secure future.

They are starting a weekly group for seniors and shut-ins to provide lunch and music. It will be at 1610 Allegheny Street from 12-3 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are hoping to have 20-25 people. If you are interested, please reach out to Dr. Rose.


They are collecting donations for gift cards and more. Collecting essential items for baskets that provide toiletries and cleaning supplies for the 60 families they serve. Dec 2nd resource fair from 11-1 pm so if you are interested reach out.

· Please help the kids in our program have a great holiday by providing gifts from their wish list. Please purchase at least one big gift item, one small gift item, and one outfit (including shoes) for each child.

· Please help the adults in our families have a great holiday by providing a gift from their wish list (ideally something from their big gift list, something from their small list, and a top and jacket).

· From 12/9- 12/13 donors will deliver wrapped gifts to our Holiday Headquarters where you will receive and organize them. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry gifts from donors' cars. On Saturday 12/16 and Sunday 12/17, FFC is looking for drivers to help deliver gifts to some of our families that do not have transportation. This will require volunteers to use their personal vehicles with a large, clean area for the gifts to be placed.


You are invited to join hands with Another Chance House of Refuge in supporting our upcoming “End-of-Year Community Celebration”, which will be held on December 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm at The Harvey Gantt Center. We need support for our year-end event through monetary donations, event promotion, family sponsorships this holiday season, and potential Special Guest appearances. Our $5,000 goal aims to sponsor families, aid community neighbors, recognize partners, and ensure resident sustainability. Donate HERE

Event Details

Date: November 4th, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: 1818 Kennesaw Drive Charlotte, NC 28216.

Please feel free to reach out to us at (704)562-7500 to explore this partnership further.


Keiba Young | | 704-536-6661 ext. 437

First in Families is a project of InReach. We provide financial support or referral services to individuals with Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or Traumatic Brain Injury and their family.

Turkeys and food boxes will be distributed to families in need on 11/18/2023 at 10:00am. Contact Keiba Young at … the food is for families.

Office number is 704-536-6661 ext. 437


Val Rosenquist |

Two events to know about and hopefully join:

· Nov 16 at 9:30 AM hosting Inlivian town hall with faith leaders to discuss affordable housing. At First United Methodist Church, Free parking with validation.

· November 16 at 6:30 PM is the Homeless Memorial Service. It’s a candlelight tribute to the neighbors who have died the previous year. 618 N College Street (the Hal Marshall Building)


3. General Information


Courtenay O'Donoghue, Ph.D. |

Program Director, Alzheimer's Association - North Carolina, 980-498-7727, c 828-577-7929, 24-Hour Helpline: 800-272-3900

This is a fabulous program for all caregivers (not just dementia and Alzheimer's). It is focused on healthy living. The program is open to the public and inter-generational and will feature Charlotte area resources as well. If anyone is interested in being a vendor, they can contact me directly. The event is free but registration is required.


Medicare Open Enrollment began on October 15, 2023, and ends December 7, 2023, with coverage changes taking effect January 1, 2024. During this time, people with Medicare can compare coverage options, like Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and choose health and drug plans for 2024. Medicare Advantage and Part D plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so people with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide on the options that best meet their health needs. A statement from the President on Medicare Open Enrollment can be found here. Since 2021, CMS has introduced a number of enhancements to to optimize customer experience and create a more welcoming and user-friendly experience. Improvements include a redesigned home page, the addition of pricing details to the Medigap policy comparison, streamlined information on the Medicare Plan Finder, and a redesigned “Talk to Someone” section to find additional help and contacts. Here are four ways people with Medicare can compare plans and look at savings options:

1. Go to to learn the difference between Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and do side-by-side comparisons of costs and coverage for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.

2. Call 1-800-MEDICARE. Help is available 24 hours a day, including weekends.

3. Access personalized health insurance counseling at no cost, available from State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP). Visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE for each SHIP’s phone number. Many SHIPs also offer virtual counseling.

4. Check eligibility for the Medicare Savings Programs and the Part D Low-Income Subsidy Program. If you have limited income and resources, you could qualify for Medicare Savings Programs, run by your state Medicaid program, or for the Part D Low-Income Subsidy Program. These programs could help save you money on health and prescription drug costs and could reduce your Part B premium and/or Part D premium to $0.

For more information, contact your state Medicaid program or call 1-800-MEDICARE and ask about Medicare Savings Programs. To learn more about the Part D Low-Income Subsidy Program, visit: or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Carolina Migrant Network

Co-founder & Co-Executive Director

CMN is looking to hire a fulltime immigration attorney. You can read the full job description attached.

Position Type: Full Time, 35 hour work week

Reports to: Co-Executive Director/Lead Attorney

Salary: $65,000


Carolina Migrant Network (CMN) is a 501(c)(3). Carolina Migrant Network’s mission is to build and sustain legal services for people targeted by ICE and DHS. We provide compassionate and competent pro-bono legal representation. We organize with communities to disrupt the deportation pipeline through leadership development and issue based campaigns. We envision a world of empowered, self-determined, organized communities free from the fear of family separation.

Summary of Position:

CMN is hiring an immigration attorney to support pro se asylum (and related) clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina. CMN takes on direct representation of individuals in removal proceedings (both detained and not detained), but this position will primarily focus on the organization of and implementation of regular pro se asylum clinics in Charlotte.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out. Please share this with your networks.

CMN immigration Attorney job description
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LOVE IS STRONGER THAN DEATH - Friday, January 19, 2024

What does end-of-life compassionate care look like in 2024? During this event, we will look take a full-orbed look at the end of life, and what that entails, as we seek to become more compassionate caregivers.

We hope that attendees can bring the information back to their faith community in order to develop appropriate programming and messaging for their unique congregations.

During the program, you’ll get the chance to experience an engaging live panel of Atrium Health Clinicians with expertise in end-of-life care, who will educate you on this often unexplored topic.

Our Keynote Speaker is a nationally acclaimed physician, Dr. Abraham Verghese, who will captivate the crowd with his knowledge and insight. Dr. Verghese is a New York Times bestselling author, a practicing physician, and a Stanford University professor.

In addition, there will be video presentations and informative discussions surrounding the physical, philosophical, and clinical aspects of death.

7:45 - 8:45 AM - Registration & Breakfast

8:45 AM - 12:00 PM - Program

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC

Cost $75 with limited seating

*Scholarships available Attire: Business Casual

Register HERE

The event listing includes further information and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you cannot personally attend, please feel free to pass this email along to a colleague within your organization.

If you have any questions about the registration process or about the event, please email Angela Janssen Keenan at Angela.JanssenKeenan@AtriumHealth.Org!

We look forward to seeing you on January 19th!

Seating is limited and is expected to sell out.


The ABC Board has the following upcoming grant programs:

We also need volunteer grant evaluators:

FY25 ABC Board Grant Evaluator Volunteer Description - FINAL
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Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can't seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you've laid out for me.

Next meeting:

Thursday, December 7 at 11 a.m.



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