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MeckCARES Strategic Plan is presented below:

Strategic Plan 2008-2010

Community Resource Guide

Agencies listed in this guide may have certain eligibility criteria for services. We cannot guarantee that all agencies will be able to provide assistance. This is only a partial list of community agencies. We hope you will use this as a tool to assist you in locating needed resources.

Family Resources ToolKit

At the request of Charlotte’s City Council, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (CRC) convened representatives from City and County government, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, area non-profits and the faith community to form a community collaborative that addresses parenting, youth employment, mentoring and gangs.


Caregivers/Foster Parents: Barber Therapy and the Greenville Community CYO have partnered to provide a free support group for caregivers/foster parents who are providing care for children who have been removed from their primary caretaker. Group Meeting Schedule for the 3rd Thursday of every month beginning November 20, 2008, 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. at Greenville Community CYO Family Center: Contact Person- Mrs. Sadler (704) 335-0887, 1211 Spring Street, Charlotte, NC 28206.

Free Parent Support Group: The Barber Therapy and the Greenville Community CYO Family Center have partnered to provide a free support group for parents who have lost temporary or permanent custody of their child or children. Anyone interested in attending this group, please contact: Sherille Barber (704) 301-0625. Group Meeting is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of every month beginning November 20, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Greenville Community CYO Family Center.

The Free Store, located at 1211 Parkwood Charlotte, NC 28205, has donated items available for free to people going through hard times or struggling. Donated items include clothing, toys, furniture, household items, etc. This store is open to the public. Items are free and no paperwork is required. For hours, or if you would like to make a donation, call 704-580-5558.

Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet: Family & Children's Service in Minneapolis has published the Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet, a resource being made available at no cost to families, teachers, mental health professionals, social workers, and community professionals who work with kids and families. The 16-page hands-on guide is designed with the goal of helping parents and children identify and nurture family strengths through fun activities and helpful ideas. The Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet is available free while supplies last. To request a hard copy or download an e-copy in PDF format, visit their website is a website intended to connect people to information - and people to people - with the common thread being a shared concern about the social and emotional health and development of young children ages birth through five.

"Infant mental health," as this field is frequently called, is a relatively new area of concern. This web site is one small step toward improving awareness and knowledge on the part of families, professionals treating and caring for very young children and the public about "infant mental health" -- so that, working together, Mecklenburg County, NC, can become a place where:

  • There is a high quality, integrated and easily accessible array of services and supports to meet the needs of young children 0-5 with mental health issues and their families in Mecklenburg County, and
  • Families, child-serving agencies and health care providers who are well-informed about: supporting healthy social and emotional development, supporting family relationships, and preventing and treating infant/early childhood mental health issues.

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