We Are Freedom School!

The Family Tree has approximately 40 elementary scholars in our 2014  Freedom School summer camp. Freedom School scholars meet in the morning at 8:00am. They enjoy breakfast, Harambee, literacy curriculum, lunch and an enrichment activity or field trip, daily.  A wide variety of Charlotte community leaders have served as Freedom School volunteers so far: Bob[…]

The Danger of a Single Story

I recently had the pleasure of listening to this TED talk by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Adichie speaks eloquently about how a story, especially if there is only one story, can affect one’s identity and interaction with others.  She goes on to explain that solely identifying a person or people group in one way limits[…]

Solidarity Ethics

After reading philosophies like that of Robert Lupton in Toxic Charity and Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert in When Helping Hurts, I too joined the bandwagon:  “Yes!  We need to focus on assets!  Yes!  Some of the charitable work we do is actually enabling people rather than empowering them.”  I resonate and even wrote my own[…]

Sign up to volunteer with Freedom School

Freedom School is located at One Way Baptist Church at the intersection of Glenwood Drive and Tuckaseegee Rd. The Family Tree Freedom School Lead Team: Help The Family Tree Freedom School coordinators (Helms and Greg) with recruiting volunteers and collecting donations.  Email helms@qcfamilytree.org if you would be willing to serve on The Family Tree Freedom School[…]

Fresh Perspectives on Mission

Hyaets Community frequently receives calls from folks wanting to visit. This is essential for us, as it provides us with opportunities to connect with old friends, meet some new ones, and most of the time brings willing workers to help out with projects around the neighborhood. Every first-time visit starts with an orientation that introduces people[…]

Still Marching: Freedom School

Click here to be a part of the Freedom School movement this summer The 40 in the room sit entranced. Most of them are children, and they unusually are silent. The young adults are rapt. Our Freedom School site has always channeled the energy and inspiration of the Civil Rights movement for our daily work of improving literacy[…]

Neighbors in the News

Mighty Lion Restaurant Open for Business by: Jeneise Myrick, MS, NBCT Culinary Arts Instructor The Mighty Lion is a student-run restaurant at West Charlotte High School, a part of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program. The purpose of the restaurant is to provide real work-based experiences to students through the CTE Culinary Arts and Hospitality curriculum.   The restaurant provides catering for both school[…]


In the spirit of Jubilee, every Spring The Family Tree hosts Share day. Share Day has its name for a reason, it is simply a day of sharing. The Family Tree neighbors  are invited to come and share resources, belongings, expertise, time, stories, talent, etc with one another.  Imagine a yard sale with entertainment and[…]

Thanksgiving Prayer for Hyaets

 Prayer of Thanksgiving for Hyaets Creative God, We give thanks for Hyaets.  This ministry grew from a seedling, was nourished by two courageous, transformative couples, the Williams and the Jarrells, along with the Kelletts and took root in Enderly Park. We give thanks for Hyaets.  Because of this ministry of radical hospitality, countless young neighbors[…]