Urban Life is a year-long program of service in which Christians ages 18-24 live in the West Charlotte community of Wesley Heights volunteering, learning, worshiping, mentoring and supporting those within the neighborhood. Wesley Heights is the only registered historic district west of uptown Charlotte, but is an often-ignored community. Schools within the West Charlotte corridor, including Wesley Heights, have a 51% graduation rate, the lowest in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district.
With assets already existing within this community, including, but not limited to project L.I.F.T and the Wadsworth House, Urban Life creates an opportunity to serve and transform the Wesley Heights community through spiritual and strategic relationships.
Upcycle Life is a Charlotte-based, not-for-profit company that produces one-of-a-kind bags and accessories, helping the environment and transforming lives by creating jobs for individuals in under-served communities. Our goal is to impact the lives of individuals in need…right here, right now, in North Carolina. Along with basic job skills training, we provide the dignity and hope that come with the ability to earn a fair wage.
For the local business community, we offer the opportunity to make a clear environmentally and socially responsible choice. Our materials come from within a 25-mile radius of Charlotte, and the jobs we create have a tremendous positive impact in the communities in which we live.
To further magnify the impact on transforming lives, Upcycle Life partners with other local organizations who are actively engaged in serving our communities. 10% of our revenue is distributed to these organizations to provide additional assistance such as: food, clothing, housing, childcare, healthcare and Adult Education / English classes.
Our Mission: Wave City Care is improving the lives of individuals, providing help and healing for the release of the best in human potential.
Our Vision: Partnering to empower the community one life at a time.
We accomplish our mission through Basic Care Services: Food Distribution providing food, clothing and shelter referral, Educational Services: tutoring, mentoring and life skills programs and Health and Human Services: Addiction Recovery and Women’s support groups. We focus on meeting the needs of the whole family.
Wave City Care, (DBA name for Hampton Roads Community Care), established in 2002 as a 501c(3) non-profit, is out in our community making a difference!
THE SUMMIT: HOW MOVEMENT FOUNDATION IS TRANSFORMING WESLEY HEIGHTS
In January of 2012, Movement Foundation purchased a property in West Charlotte known as “The Summit.” The Summit is a 12-unit condominium located in the Wesley Heights historic district, west of Uptown. Charlotte is an ambitious and rapidly growing city with affluent neighborhoods scattered all over, but Wesley Heights is an often ignored community with a 51% high school graduation rate, the lowest in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district.
The Summit is a unique project whose residents are as diversified as the city itself. Our initiative there helps by giving a hand up to families who are transitioning out of homelessness by providing low income housing and surrounding them with a support system. The Summit is also home to Urban Life which consists of several passionate young men and women looking to come alongside other local ministries to help facilitate and improve community conditions. The initial concept of The Summit was formulated by Josh Blackson [Director of The Summit] and Casey and Toby.
Josh shared that, “Transformation takes place through strategic and intentional relationships. In order for homeless families to be successful, they need a support system; keeping in mind relationships never work when they are one way. Residents of the The Summit have the opportunity to grow in their faith and love for others by being friends with individuals from all walks of life. Whether carving a pumpkin for the first time or being exposed to what a real need is, The Summit residents are learning how to be thankful
for every little thing they are given.”
Movement Foundation continues to support The Summit by providing low income housing to families in need and by investing into their lives through various events designed to put a smile on their faces.