Our Story

The Abandon Project was formed in 2010 after founder Josh Meadows decided to take in a homeless teenager named Abdul. It was this experience that gave Josh’s life a new and focused mission, to go find more kids like Abdul, and pour buckets of hope into them.

The Abandon Project was formed in 2010 after founder Josh Meadows decided to take in a homeless teenager named Abdul. It was this experience that gave Josh’s life a new and focused mission, to go find more kids like Abdul, and pour buckets of hope into them.  In January of 2012, Josh got invited to speak at an inner city program ran by Garr Church off of Independence blvd in east Charlotte.  That night a new identity was formed in the life of The Abandon Project, and within a month they took over the Wednesday night program at Garr Church.  Since early 2013 Josh has mobilized volunteers, provided food for over 60 kids each week, and worked to create an atmosphere of hope, encouragement, and love.  Since that time Josh and his wife have moved into the area to live among the kids and do life with them. Josh believes that The Abandon Project was being formed in his heart over the last 20 years as he grew up without the guidance of his father. Now Josh gets to see his shattered dreams and his hurt being used for the good to raise up fatherless boys and girls in his community.

Josh & Jenny’s Story

Jenny and Josh met in the summer of 2012 at a youth camp in taccoa falls, Ga.  Josh was the speaker, Jenny was a counselor, the rest was history.  While at camp Jenny and Josh locked eyes a few times, he liked her freckles and her smile, she was more godly and liked his heart, and the magic began.  Not to mention their first meal together was waffle house, can’t go wrong when you collaborate over bacon and eggs.  Fun and laughter, along with unyielding commitment is the basis for every good relationship, and that’s exactly what this couple needed.  Josh grew up in a single parent household and was raised by his mother, assisted by his grandparents.  Josh can attest that it took an entire village to raise him, from coaches and teachers, to fellow church members and friends.  Jenny grew up with both her parents in the household until around the time she met Josh, at which point they got a divorce.  Two different scenarios, two different individuals, but both experienced a common pain and a longing for something greater.

Greater than the pain and disappointment, Josh and Jenny share a stronger bond with the belief that God is a redeemer and that he can make all things new.  The belief that God takes mess and turns it into a masterpiece is the foundation which Josh and Jenny stand on.

The area that Josh and Jenny reside in, on the east side of Charlotte doesn’t see to many marriages or committed relationships, which means that God has put their marriage on display for a greater good, to show kids commitment, love and faithfulness.  See, if Josh’s father didn’t leave him, then Josh wouldn’t have a heart for kids who grow up without their dads, and if Jenny didn’t experience a broken childhood, she wouldn’t be able to relate to the brokenness of their community.  Out of their pain, is where their anointing and their calling flow.  Two broken and imperfect people, who have been united for a greater good, that God would use their marriage to show a community how to love, and that God creates beauty from our dirty ashes.  This is the story of Josh and Jenny, pray for us.

Josh & Jenny Meadows
Josh & Jenny Meadows

Our Team

Below are our lovely volunteers and staff . We love them oh so much!
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Josh Meadows

Josh Meadows

Josh has lived in Charlotte for 9 years. He is married to his beautiful wife Jenny, and they share the pleasure of raising Ollie and Gus, their 2 Goldens. In his spare time Josh loves being a kid, he still plays tag with the neighborhood kids,and he loves riding bikes with his wife. Josh is an avid football fan, and enjoys playing almost any sport.

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Jenny Meadows

Jenny Meadows

Jenny is originally from the mountainous side of Weaverville, NC. Since spending time in Africa, her heart for missions grew exponentially and soon after she met the love of her life, Josh, while at a camp in Georgia. Her and her husband both share a passion for Charlotte’s inner city youth and have made East Charlotte their new home. When she’s not loving on her “adopted” kids, she is pursuing her masters in nutrition and human performance. Her goal one day is to start a health and fitness rehabilitation program in the East Charlotte community where health and fitness resources are lacking.

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Emily Downer

Emily Downer

My name is Emily, I am a pediatric dental assistant in Ballantyne. Working with kids has always been a huge passion of mine. I was born and raised in a small town in VA where my incredible parents still reside! I spend my spare moments with my brother’s family and my sweet niece! I have a Shepard mix named Presley.

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Ryan Dexter

Ryan Dexter

Ryan is an occupational therapist and is married to his beautiful wife Jamie. Ryan’s sister Kelly lives back home in the Mikwaukee, WI area and went to The University of Illinois to play basketball. His parents, Frank and Linda live in Moline, Illinois 3 hours from Chicago. Proudly enough, his dad is a hall of fame basketball coach who was Ryan’s coach growing up. It’s fair to say there are some major basketball genes in the family. Ryan’s mom worked at the Moline High School and at John Deere. Some fun things about Ryan are that he also participated in collegiate athletics for basketball and baseball, he prefers tea over coffee, and has previously owned his own roof cleaning company.

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Kati Norris

Kati Norris

Kati Norris is a 2010 graduate of Wingate University where she majored in Finance and Accounting and served as a Wingate University Cheerleader for all four years. Since graduating from Wingate, Kati has worked for Accenture as a Financial Consultant. Kati is exceptionally close to her family, her parents, sisters and two young nieces. In her spare time, Kati enjoys running, cheering for the Panthers and growing in her relationship with Christ. Kati is a huge fan of diet coke and McAlister’s cookies, teaching her nieces new gymnastics tricks and volunteering with high school aged students as they navigate the challenges of growing up.

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Daniel Hurn

Daniel Hurn

Daniel is a Charlotte native who grew up in the Mint Hill area. He is 1 of 6 kids who were all homeschooled. He graduated from UNCC with a BSBA in Finance and now works as a data analyst at Bank of America. His favorite things are sports, camping/hiking, traveling, and hanging with friends.

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Emeka Nwankwo

Emeka Nwankwo

Originally from Nigeria, Emeka came to the states for a higher education and to play basketball. At 6′ 5, he graduated this past May from Metrolina High School where he averaged 17ppg, 17rpg, two bpg and two apg his senior season. The Nigerian native plans to play at a prep school near Greensboro, N.C. in the fall with hopes of transferring to a D1 school. Growing up as one of 6 children, Emeka learned to respect himself and others around him. His heart for basketball has led him to become a mentor and role model for not just kids back in Nigeria, but also with the kids at The Abandon Project.

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Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe

Laura was born in the north and raised in the south. She has her bachelors in graphic design from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She is currently art directing at an advertise agency here called BooneOakley. She and her husband enjoy creating and serving to help make a difference in this world. Laura is also known to be a vegetable snob, gypsy caravaner, aspiring world traveler and mountain bike crasher.
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Phil Beebe

Phil Beebe

Phil loves puppy’s, long walks on the beach, and sunsets. He’s also head over heels in love with his beautiful wife Laura. Phil loves what TAP is doing in the community and is honored to be a small part of its function.

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Anna Monroe

Anna Monroe

Shortly after graduating from The University of South Carolina, Anna moved to Charlotte. Little did she know she would quickly fall in love with the city of Charlotte and all it has to offer. As an aspiring creative, she recently started working for a web and media design company. Being from the beach, Anna enjoys being outdoors, especially during the summer time and is the proud mom of a 9 year-old black and tan Dachshund named Hot Rod.

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Bianka Strong

Bianka Strong

Bianka is a Juris Doctor Candidate at Charlotte School of Law. As a volunteer, she enjoys working with the kids to instill in them a strong sense of confidence, self-worth, and core values. In return, each week the kids leave her inspired and motivated to do and be more. In addition to volunteering at the Abandon Project, Bianka is also committed to her church small groups, and is currently training to become a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. Upon graduating law school, Bianka plans to continue serving through child advocacy, mentorship, and working with underprivileged and underrepresented youth in her community to ensure that they have equal opportunities and a chance to succeed as tomorrow’s world leaders.

Board of Directors

We would like to thank all of our passionate members of our board. We could not do it without you all!

Josh Meadows

CEO and Founder of
The Abandon Project, Inc. 

Jenny Meadows

Full-Time Employee at
The Abandon Project, Inc. 

Matt Klaren

Board Member

Matt Duerstock

Board Member

Kati Norris

Board Member

Aaron Sumner

Board Member

We are on a mission to help impact an entire community by  allowing the goodness of the Lord to saturate the hearts of those who have felt abandoned by society. Help be a part!