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Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network

P.O. Box 481

Fayetteville, North Carolina 28302

United States

Company Description

CIHN is the Fayetteville, NC, affililiate of the National Interfaith Hospitality Network (Family Promise) addressing homelessness in Cumberland County. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chairwoman

Continuum of Care Council

Affiliations

Board Member
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Member
Fayetteville/Cumberland County Human Relations Commission

Education

bachelor's degree

Fayetteville State University

high-school equivalency degree

Web References (30 Total References)


WILDACRES LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

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Denise Harris Giles (1999-2001)

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Denise is the Executive Director of Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network in Fayetteville. Her community involvement includes working with the Ashton Wood's Transitional Housing Village, the Family Support and Family Preservation Council, serving on the local Federal Emergency Management Agency Board, a member of the Cumberland County Continuum of Care Planning Council and community Board of the Cumberland County Partnership for Children. She is a member of the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Human Relations Commission.


Good Works | By Allison Williams « Giving « CityView

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"I haven't met a child yet that has contributed to their homelessness," said Denise Giles, director of Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network.

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"This is a unique program," Giles said, "it's not something that happens all over the state. It's an unusual collision of people.
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"When people lose hope, and they don't dream, that's what poverty is," Giles said.


"If we don't give voice to ...

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"If we don't give voice to those people that are struggling, their needs may not be addressed," said Denise Giles, director of Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network and one of the leaders of the tally.

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Giles called hotels along Bragg Boulevard and others where people sometimes stay for a few days to get out of the cold.
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But also, there are institutional barriers," Giles said. "If we can find out what's going wrong, we can make a difference."
Among the other issues, she said, are domestic violence, unpaid child support, and, most important, a lack of affordable housing combined with low-wage jobs.
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On Thursday, after hearing from some of the volunteers, Giles said she expects the numbers to be similar to or a little higher than last year, when the group found 1,061 people without homes.
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Giles said too often people see only one image of homelessness: the bearded man drinking malt liquor standing by a fire.
But that's not the full picture, she said. Families are losing homes, women are running from abusive husbands, children are aging out of foster care.
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"I'd like to say we do so well we count every single homeless person, but that's just not the case," Giles said.
The count is valid but likely underestimates the scope of the problem, she said.
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Giles has heard of the bus tickets to Fayetteville for homeless people. It does play a part, but it shouldn't overshadow the larger reality, she said.
"What we've found, however, is that 60 percent of homeless people have been here 10 or more years. Giles said.
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Giles says it's important to reach people before they reach the point where they are no longer trying to get off the streets. She was almost there herself. Her own problems with crack cocaine and alcohol left her homeless, sleeping in a station wagon with a boyfriend, a young daughter, two cats and a dog.
She was close, she says, to giving up and embracing a rent-free life.
"People hit a point of no return, and I was close to that point" Giles said.


"If we don't give voice to ...

fayobserver.com [cached]

"If we don't give voice to those people that are struggling, their needs may not be addressed," said Denise Giles, director of Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network and one of the leaders of the tally.

...
Giles called hotels along Bragg Boulevard and others where people sometimes stay for a few days to get out of the cold.
...
But also, there are institutional barriers," Giles said. "If we can find out what's going wrong, we can make a difference."
Among the other issues, she said, are domestic violence, unpaid child support, and, most important, a lack of affordable housing combined with low-wage jobs.
...
On Thursday, after hearing from some of the volunteers, Giles said she expects the numbers to be similar to or a little higher than last year, when the group found 1,061 people without homes.
...
Giles said too often people see only one image of homelessness: the bearded man drinking malt liquor standing by a fire.
But that's not the full picture, she said. Families are losing homes, women are running from abusive husbands, children are aging out of foster care.
...
"I'd like to say we do so well we count every single homeless person, but that's just not the case," Giles said.
The count is valid but likely underestimates the scope of the problem, she said.
...
Giles has heard of the bus tickets to Fayetteville for homeless people. It does play a part, but it shouldn't overshadow the larger reality, she said.
"What we've found, however, is that 60 percent of homeless people have been here 10 or more years. Giles said.
...
Giles says it's important to reach people before they reach the point where they are no longer trying to get off the streets. She was almost there herself. Her own problems with crack cocaine and alcohol left her homeless, sleeping in a station wagon with a boyfriend, a young daughter, two cats and a dog.
She was close, she says, to giving up and embracing a rent-free life.
"People hit a point of no return, and I was close to that point" Giles said.


Director of the Cumberland ...

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Director of the Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, Denise Giles, doesn't find that statistic surprising.

On a day this past January, volunteers counted the number of homeless children living in Cumberland County to be 399 -- 132 were in shelters and the other 267 living unsheltered.
Giles says these counts are probably lower than the actual number because it can be difficult to find and count homeless families.
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Giles says she expects the number of homeless children in America to increase as the country struggles through economic times. Having been homeless herself, she wants people to understand this about homeless children: "It could be the child on the school bus next to your child, it could be the child on the playground next to your child, it could be the mom at the check out at food lion.

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