Since 2017, our partners in Mecklenburg County have taken significant steps to ensure the development and implementation of a world-class center for victims of violence and abuse.


  • Observed electronic filing of Domestic Violence Protective Orders at the Greensboro Family Justice Center. 
  • Gathered information on family justice center models. 
  • Attended Alliance for Hope Leadership Conference. 
  • Attended the first North Carolina statewide Family Justice Center conference with nearly 40 participants from Mecklenburg County.  


  • Formed a Steering Committee to lead in assessment and planning efforts.
  • Visited other family justice centers. 
  • Evaluated community needs. 
  • Held 19 community forums, communicating with over 400 individuals.  
  • Conducted both English and Spanish survivor surveys.  
  • Alliance for Hope Study Tour in Mecklenburg County.  
  • Alliance for Hope Strategic Visioning in Mecklenburg County. 


  • The Steering Committee planned to create a phase 1 center called The Survivor Resource Center. 
  • Partners worked to solidify key community commitments. 
  • Safe Alliance and Guilford County co-led a statewide family justice center conference.


  • Created the CharMeck Family Justice Center Foundation 501(c)3.
  • Marketing professionals and survivors develop a name and logo: The Umbrella Center.  
  • Began operational planning for The Survivor Resource Center. 


  • Opened The Survivor Resource Center opened in February.  
  • Initiated Capital Campaign.  
  • Solidified core partners for the Umbrella Center.  


  • Capital Campaign secured $24M in funding. 
  • Secured Building location on Albemarle Road. 
  • Began space planning for The Umbrella Center. 


  • Over $29M committed to the $42M project, including a $10M commitment from Mecklenburg County and a $5M commitment from the City of Charlotte.


  • The Umbrella Center construction begins.


  • The Umbrella Center opens!