CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place (ACP) is one of many agencies participating in “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County,” a film and panel discussion on child homelessness.

ACP Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth is one of the panelists that will address how homelessness and a lack of affordable housing has impacted our community, particularly the youth. “I am so thrilled to part of this event,” she said. “Homelessness is a serious problem in our community that needs to be addressed and resolved. There are almost 5,000 identified homeless students attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools alone.”

The event will take place March 13, 6 p.m. at McKnight Hall in the Cone University Center University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC). Tuned In, the McCreesh Place Community Building Choir will perform. Dr. Mark Ezell, professor and interim chair of the Department of Social Work at UNC-Charlotte, will provide opening remarks. After participants watch the movie, Dr. Lori Thomas will facilitate a panel consisting of:

  • Annabelle Suddreth – Executive Director at A Child’s Place
  • Stacey Bergeron – Director of Social Services at the Salvation Army Center of Hope
  • Perry Owen – Social Worker at Ranson Middle School
  • C. Audrey Robinson – Social Worker at West Charlotte High School

Vidal Dickerson, Director of UNC-Charlotte’s Multicultural Resource Center, will close out the event. This event is sponsored by a UNC-Charlotte Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund grant, awarded to Dr. Othelia Lee, Dr. Ezell and Mary Ann Priester for their proposal on poverty: We are the 99%. Additional sponsors include the Department of Social Work, The Multicultural Resource Center, The College of Health and Human Services and The Graduate Social Work Association.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Priester, Vice President of UNC-Charlotte’s Graduate and Professional Student Government, at 704-906-8164 or

About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too.  Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching 2,228 children during the 2011-12 school year.  In June 2012, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported 4,922 homeless students enrolled in the county’s public schools.  To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit

A Child’s Place Contact:
Sarah Melton | Development Associate
A Child’s Place | 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28202
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