South Charlotte

Finish the Wall renovates Hoskins Park home

Josh and Renee Meredith volunteer to help complete the Finish the Wall project at 107 Cromer St. in the Hoskins Park neighborhood.
Josh and Renee Meredith volunteer to help complete the Finish the Wall project at 107 Cromer St. in the Hoskins Park neighborhood. COURTESY OF MARY PADGETT

Finish the Wall is partnering with Hoskins Park Ministries to complete the 13th house in the Hoskins Park neighborhood off Beatties Ford Road.

The house at 107 Cromer St. was vacant and close to being condemned when Finish the Wall signed on to make it usable again. Finish the Wall is receiving volunteer assistance from Charlotte One, Carmel Baptist Church, Forest Hill Church, First Baptist Church of Weddington, and the Lineage Company, who are helping the Harris YMCA, the primary sponsor of the house.

“Finish the Wall’s sole purpose is to complete unfinished churches and other humanitarian efforts that have been left in some phase of construction without a plan for funding or completion,” said Mary Padgett, program director for Finish the Wall.

Hoskins Park Ministries is a Christian ministry whose primary purpose is to share the love of Christ with the poor and homeless by providing transitional housing facilities, clothing, food and other support to those in need while adhering to the call of the Bible for Christians to make disciples of all nations.

Hoskins Park Ministries has renovated 12 houses in the Hoskins Park neighborhood, making room for 50 homeless men.

We were building a connection to each other, both volunteers and Hoskins Park residents, that will last way past the duration of this project.

Mary Padgett, Finish the Wall program director

“These previously homeless residents must hear and apply the word of God,” said 67-year-old Pastor Johnny Allen, executive director of Hoskins Park Ministries. “They must work and support themselves. They must stay free from drugs and alcohol.”

The homes provide a homelike atmosphere with three to five men to a house. They must cook their meals, do their laundry and be responsible for other chores.

When the house Finish the Wall is working on is completed, it will offer housing for an additional four men while providing the ministry with a larger kitchen facility.

Finish the Wall will replace the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, as well as flooring, drywall, carpeting and paint throughout the single-family home.

Padgett, 57, recruits and organizes teams of people to work on various projects. She speaks at community events about the missions and vision of Finish the Wall, and she writes grants to raise funds for construction materials and program expenses.

Finish the Wall team leaders Chad Bryant, Eddie King, Joe Trigg and Padgett met Johnny Allen and Tom Wheeler (formerly with HPM) through a ministry partnership at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte.

“When we heard their story and learned about how the ministry (Hoskins Park Ministries) was started ... we had to know more,” said Padgett.

Finish the Wall coordinators who are responsible for scouting projects came to look at the 100-year-old house on Cromer Street that Hoskins Park Ministries wanted to finish.

Finish the Wall volunteers come from local churches, construction companies, organizations that work with nonprofits and people who have been on a mission trip with the group in the past.

Volunteers from Rodgers Builders, Piper Jaffries, Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, Twelve Mile Creek Church in Weddington and Five Stones Church in Waxhaw also have worked with FTW on this project. Additionally, Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church in Liberty Hill, SC, and Lifepointe Christian Church in Fort Mill have supplied volunteers to work on the Cromer Street house.

“We are still raising the money to finish this project,” Padgett said. “We are in need of around $6,000 to complete everything. We hope to finish the house by Thanksgiving.”

While this is the first house Finish the Wall has worked on in Hoskins Park, Finish the Wall is working on an apartment project on Airport Drive in west Charlotte. The group is assisting Jackson Park Ministries in completing a transformational housing apartment building that has been under construction on and off since 2004.

“Last fall, FTW was able to participate in serving a Thanksgiving meal to the HPM residents and surrounding community,” said Padgett. “After working together for three months on building a house, it was a blessing to be together for something other than work. As we sat down to eat together, we realized that we were building a connection to each other, both volunteers and Hoskins Park residents, that will last way past the duration of this project.”

June Noe is a freelance writer: jknoe@carolina.rr.com.

Learn more:

Finish the Wall, based in Charlotte, received 501(C)3 status in 2007. Learn about Finish the Wall at www.finishthewall.com. To make a donation to help with the Hoskins Park project, click on the “donate” button on the home page.

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