Our Mission

The Abandon Project’s mission is to partner with neglected neighborhoods, create healthy community, and break negative cycles that limit development.

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.

 Josh & Jenny’s Story

Jenny and Josh met in the Summer of 2012 at a youth camp in Toccoa Falls, Ga.

Josh was the speaker, Jenny was a counselor,  and the rest was history.  While at camp, Jenny and Josh locked eyes a few times. He liked her freckles and her smile. Jenny was more “godly” and liked his heart, and the magic began. Their first meal together was Waffle House. You can’t go wrong when you’re collaborating over bacon and eggs.  Fun and laughter, along with unyielding commitment is the foundation 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 personally attest to the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. 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 they had been 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 a mess and turns it into a masterpiece is the foundation which Josh and Jenny stand on.

In the area that Josh and Jenny reside in, the east side of Charlotte,  there aren’t too many healthy marriages or committed relationships, which means that God has put their marriage on display for a greater good. They hope to model to the children in the community their own commitment, love and faithfulness.  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, then 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.

Josh & Jenny Meadows
Josh & Jenny Meadows

Our Team

The Abandon Project’s dedicated staff members
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Josh Meadows

Josh Meadows

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Jenny Meadows

Jenny Meadows

Jenny serves as the Program Manager for the health initiative at The Abandon Project. She currently develops curriculum and programming for the initiative.

She is presently working towards her Master of Science in Human Nutrition. Her hope is to provide our community with the necessary health education and resources to lead abundant and healthy lives. She has a deep passion to see our community thrive, in the same way, she would want to see her own family thrive. Her vision for the health initiative is that there would be a sustainable change in our community and a deeper understanding of holistic health and wellness.

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Cat Jones

Cat Jones

Board of Directors

We would like to thank all of our passionate Board members. We could not do it without your support!

Josh Meadows

CEO and Founder of
The Abandon Project, Inc. 

Tony Quatrini

Board Member

Matt Duerstock

Board Member

John Parker

Board Member

Kati Norris

Board Member

Frank Arey

Board Member

Abdul Matin

Board Member

LaTarzja Henry

Board Member

Jim Szoke

Board Member

Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve those in our community each year. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work.