Stories

  • Fifteen years after dropping out of high school, Sierra T. has passed the GED exams, earned her High School Equivalency diploma, and aspires to enroll in college, thanks to the relationship Sierra built with RenWest Community Initiative resource partners and her perseverance and hard work. Sierra is a single mother of three, and resides in […]

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  • Renaissance West Community Initiative Receives a Donation of $1M from Bank of America The gift recognizes the career of Bank of America executive Andrea B. Smith and her commitment to the Charlotte community.  Charlotte, NC, March 29, 2022 – Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) is pleased to announce a $1 million donation from Bank of America to […]

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  • In late September of 2021, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge visited RenWest and toured the revitalized campus with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. During the visit, HUD Secretary Fudge explored our on-site early learning facility, The Howard Levine Child Development Center (HLCDC), operated by Dixon Academy, established to serve […]

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  • At Renaissance West, the physical revitalization and wraparound services encourage residents to discover opportunities to advance their livelihood. Former RenWest resident, Timira, recognized such opportunities when she joined the FSS program in 2014 and now embraces her journey in upward mobility. Before arriving at RenWest, Timira was not aware of opportunities such as Inlivian’s FSS […]

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  • New operator Dixon Academy will oversee management of the center CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2021) — Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) announced this morning it will reopen the Howard Levine Child Development Center (HLCDC) in the coming months under the management of Dixon Academy, led by Chief Executive Officer Roslyn Dixon who currently owns and […]

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  • As a community quarterback, we partner with best-in-class agencies to provide access to quality programs and services. Through our partnership with Inlivian, we help deliver RenWest residents the opportunity to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) to help residents achieve social and economic independence. One resident, Nashala, decided to join the program and strive […]

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  • In September of 2020, we profiled Jaire, a former RWCI resident and rising senior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T), in our e-newsletter. Before attending college, he interned with Renaissance West STEAM Academy (RWSA) and helped facilitate out-of-school time activities during the summer. Additionally, he dedicated his time to serve as […]

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  • LOWE’S AND LOWE’S FOUNDATION COMMIT $3 MILLION TO REVITALIZE WEST CHARLOTTE WITH SKILLED TRADES CENTER, CAREER PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS Multi-year commitment includes collaboration with the Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 20, 2021) — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) and the Lowe’s Foundation announce today a multi-year commitment to improve economic […]

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  • Part of our journey to improve economic mobility and end intergenerational poverty includes partnering with best-in-class agencies to provide access to quality services and programs. Not only do the partnerships help residents progress toward self-sufficiency, but they offer community support. As we honor and highlight the extraordinary impact in Renaissance West and beyond, check out […]

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  • RWCI residents remain disproportionately impacted by the public health and racial equity crises. Residents are experiencing high levels of stress and trauma, with their sense of safety diminishing. This is evident in matters of food security, education, and the digital divide, childcare, and employment. Since the pandemic began, the community has faced increases in potential […]

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