July 22, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor   
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116                               
Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined the Salvation Army today for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the charity’s Center of Hope shelter. The shelter is one of the largest in the Carolinas.
With an average of 300 people daily, the Salvation Army Center of Hope needed the expansion to provide additional space for hundreds of women and children coming through every night. Mayor Clodfelter discussed how the Center for Hope makes a difference in the lives of the women and children seeking aid every night.
“There is no single determining factor of homelessness,” said Mayor Clodfelter. “Many in our community are just one crisis away from finding themselves in these circumstances. That is why this work is so critically important. That is why this expansion means so much to our community.”
Clodfelter went on to praise the Salvation Army for their dedication to helping the homeless in Charlotte, and providing services to help those in need.
 “As a community, we’ve wrapped our arms around the homeless in our city by seeking ways to provide supportive wrap-around services that extend far beyond shelter placement and that result in safe, affordable permanent housing and employment opportunities for these families,” said Clodfelter.