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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

November 7, 2002

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HONOR LOCAL HUMANITARIAN

CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Wednesday proclaimed a day in honor of Caroline Love Myers, whose name graces the former Community Service Building of Mecklenburg County.

"Caroline Love Myers Day'' is set for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002. On that day, the BOCC and Crisis Assistance Ministry will hold a special ceremony to officially acknowledge the Caroline Love Myers Building. A reception and tours of the building will follow the formal program.

"Caroline Love Myers is indeed one of this community's greatest assets, and one of its most important resources," BOCC Chairman Parks Helms said before reading the proclamation. "You are a legend," he said to Myers after the Board voted unanimously to approve the proclamation.

Myers, who retired in 2000 as executive director of Crisis Assistance Ministry after 25 years with the agency, accepted the BOCC proclamation. She was the founding executive director when the agency opened in April 1975.

"Thank you for the commitment this County has shown to addressing the problems of preventing homelessness," Myers said. "The needs at those doors are still great, and it will take continued commitment, but I think we are a better community for our willingness to help those people who are at the bottom."

Myers is a native of Charlotte and has received several community service awards and recognition for her work. She serves on several boards for non-profit agencies and educational institutions and she is a ruling elder in her church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she also sings in the choir.

The County-owned building at 500-A Spratt Street in Charlotte houses Crisis Assistance Ministry and is part of a complex that includes other social service agencies. Crisis Assistance Ministry is a nonprofit agency that provides individuals and families in Mecklenburg County with emergency financial assistance, basic household goods and mentoring to prevent eviction, utility loss and hunger. Its mission is to provide assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.



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