Catholic Charities is excited to announce that Sharon Mitchell will begin work as the new Director of the Support Circle Program for Homeless Families on December 1, 2014.  Ms. Mitchell comes to Catholic Charities after serving for the past six years as the Director of Programs and Case Management for the Culinary Job Training Program at the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

Ms. Mitchell has a long history with the Support Circle Program.  She started with the program as an intern as part of a social work Master’s program.  “One of the reasons why I fell in love with this program while I was doing my internship, and the reason why I am still in love with it, is because this program works.,” stated Ms. Mitchell when reflecting on her early experience with the Support Circle program.  Rick Miller-Haraway, Raleigh Regional Director, welcomes Ms. Mitchell by saying that, “Perhaps most importantly she is a woman with a strong faith and a passion for serving people experiencing poverty and homelessness.”

Catholic Charities is also very pleased to announce that Carolyn McClendon is being promoted to the new position of Assistant Director of the Support Circle Program for Homeless Families.  Ms. McClendon has served as a case manager for the program for the past three years and has excelled in her work.  While working as a case manager, she assumed the responsibility of developing and coordinating the “Jobs for Life” program which has become an integral part of the Support Circle program.

Ms. McClendon has her Doctorate in Education and is an ordained Baptist minister, which has enabled her to excel in recruiting new churches and training their Support Circle teams.  Her experience has been a tremendous blessing to Catholic Charities and all of the people served in the Support Circle program.  Mr. Miller-Haraway stated that, “Words cannot begin to express my gratitude to Carolyn for her excellent work these past three years on behalf of the people that we serve.”

The future of the Support Circle Program for Homeless Families is very bright with the leadership that will be provided by Ms. Mitchell and Ms. McClendon.  Catholic Charities asks that you pray for these women as they begin working together to move even more families and individuals out of homelessness and into lives filled with hope and promise.