The Abandon Project | The Need


We have big dreams for our community in East Charlotte.  After being consistently present in the community for over 5 years, we now understand the needs of the community and how to effectively address those needs.  If we provide the community with education and support they will, in turn, be empowered to support their own community.

The Statistics

serving area youth from broken homes
Youth suicides0%

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.

Homeless & Runaways0%

90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.

Behavior Disorders0%

85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control)

Institutionalized Youth0%

70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)

Youth Encarserations0%

85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

Drug Abuse0%

75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average.

Our Programs

Health Initiative

Communities with less education or income tend to live in neighborhoods which lack access to nutritious foods and safe places to exercise. We want to see community members empowered through health education to reclaim their health.

Every Wednesday night, the Abandon Project provides transportation and hosts free weekly cooking classes at CityChurch with a professional cook. In addition, once a month, we have a special seminar featuring a licensed health professional to speak about relevant health and wellness topics. During the Spring and Summer, we also offer a free workout class to the community every Tuesday at the local park.

Neighborhood Initiative

Earning trust is the key to creating change WITH a community.  If there is no trust, there can be no change.  To pick kids up and take them out of their community, does not initially earn trust with the families, so we decided to hold our Monday Night neighborhood initiative, in the community.  Monday nights are where we bring multiple volunteers and community leaders to do life with our community.  We focus on holistic change, healthy relationships, forgiveness, and how to love yourself, God, and  your neighbors.  If you want a true glimpse into the Abandon Project, then start with this program, as earning trust and building authentic relationships are the core to our dna.


The East Charlotte Community is one of the most impoverished and underserved communities in Charlotte. Our students have experienced a lot of instability in their lifetime and desperately need and desire unconditional love and genuine support. What better way to make a difference in their lives than to become a mentor?

We have several opportunities to mentor to our students from our basketball program partnership with the YMCA on Wednesdays, to our community outreach on Monday nights, and the young women’s leadership meetings.

Basketball Leadership

Wednesday Night Basketball Outreach is a safe place where young men can come play a game that they love and be surrounded by mentors who are dedicated to pouring into their lives. At The Abandon Project we use the game of basketball as a way to begin to build relationships that will flourish over time as we walk through life together and work on becoming the best version of ourselves. Our goal is to help our participants along the path to figure out who God has called them to be and to become leaders in their community and households. We focus on life skills, building a personal relationship with God, and of course enjoying time together on the basketball court. If you are interested please contact TJ Keeter at

Summer Camps

Most of our kids have never been outside the city of Charlotte, NC. Being able to take them to a summer camp and provide a completely new experience for them is priceless.We have partnered with Camp Cedarcliff in Asheville, NC. to make that dream come true. We would love for you to consider helping sponsor a kid attend a summer camp in order to give them an experience of a life time.

Options Program

Many children don’t have access to the resources to help them live a meaningful story, we want to be that resource.  By developing partnerships, with trade schools, other non profits, and local businesses, we hope to train our kids with viable skills and connect them into the workplace.  We believe work ethic is a necessary skill that can help our kids overcome disparities, and help create sustainable citizens.  If you are interested in learning more about our options program, please email us.

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.