In 2010, it all started with a block party in the Wallace Woods community in East Charlotte, NC.
The Abandon Project initially began as an informal Wednesday night program at a local church in East Charlotte. In January of 2012, The Abandon Project founder, Josh Meadows, was invited to speak at this Wednesday night program. During his visit, Josh envisioned a new mission for this community. After that night, it was within a month that Josh Meadows formally established The Abandon Project and took the lead over the Wednesday night program at Garr Church.
Since early 2013, Josh has mobilized volunteers, provided food for hundreds of children each week, and worked to create an atmosphere of hope, encouragement, and love. Since that time, Josh and his wife, Jenny, have moved into the area to serve the community more intentionally and intimately. Josh believes that he had a unique and personal calling to start The Abandon Project because he grew up without the guidance of his father. Now, Josh gets to see his shattered dreams and his own pain be transformed into an organization that is devoted to providing assistance for fatherless children and broken families in his community.
Now, the Abandon Project has lost the space at Garr Church because the property has been sold. This unexpected event is beginning to transform The Abandon Project’s programming to become more intentional and effective. We will continue to strive to expand our programs and offerings to the community to increase the opportunities for economic mobility. We’re committed to focusing our programming on health and wellness, spiritual growth, college readiness and facilitating work experience.