Meet Charlotte Hoffman

By Leslie Moore

Meet Charlotte Hoffman

Charlotte Hoffman is grateful for her wonderful life. She is a happily married, 20-year resident of Murrells Inlet, and she and her husband have three children between them. With all three children out of the nest, Charlotte has become a tireless worker for the homeless in our community, and this elegant and stylish woman was recently named President of the Board of Directors of Myrtle Beach Haven, Myrtle Beach’s oldest family shelter. They have just moved into a new facility on Campbell St. in Myrtle Beach.

Please tell us about Myrtle Beach Haven and your involvement.

We were founded in 1986, and I was asked to be on the board five years ago, but my involvement with homelessness goes back to my uncle’s work with the homeless in Atlanta; this is a cause my entire family supports. At Myrtle Beach Haven we focus on homeless families, and especially those with children. Our new shelter can house about 50. The average stay is around 14 days, but our resident director, Dwight Carraway, evaluates each family individually.

There are many misconceptions about the homeless, and a lot of people are afraid of them. They are not dangerous, just down on their luck or struggling with mental illness. If a father loses his job and can’t find another one for a couple of months, the family can easily end up on the street. We are able to help the family stay together while they put their lives back together. Additionally, our community has a large transient population; people come here to get jobs and aren’t able to make it work. Only about 40% of our residents are from the area.

At Myrtle Beach Haven, we help families find jobs and become independent again. During their stay with us they have hot meals, clean beds and some semblance of a normal life. For example, we currently have a family with two children and the mom is pregnant. One of the children has some health issues, but they are both happy and full of love. With our help, they will soon be in a home of their own. All of our residents are referred from other agencies in the area and must undergo a police check.

This must be very stressful work. What do you do for fun and relaxation?

My passion is horses. I ride and show my horse in Camden, SC. I also ride motorcycles with my husband and have just recently gotten my own Harley. My love for our community goes back to my childhood when my family came to Myrtle Beach often to visit my grandparents who had a home on Ocean Blvd. I eventually moved here and graduated from CCU when it was an adjunct of the University of South Carolina.

How can we help Myrtle Beach Haven?

We always need monetary donations, or donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and basic clothing. Anyone who would like to help can call us at 843-626-2427.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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