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.