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Our Team


Our amazing team is committed to providing a path to exit Homelessness. We feed and clothe the needy. Providing temporary shelter, and building safe, compact, affordable housing for all. We turn our convictions into actions. We are a group of Real Estate Investors, Veterans, Educators, Consultants and concerned volunteers. We’re confident our plans will help those experiencing chronic homelessness & hunger who are ready to change their situations. If you are interested in giving back and think you would be a good fit with our team, click below. 


Ray Lacen - Founder / real estate Investor


I founded Ray's The Roof House The Homeless Foundation. A 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Our mission is to help the homeless, feed the hungry & help give people with disabilities, the elderly and our Veterans a better quality of life. 

Our Focus:

           1. Identify people ready to exit homelessness.

           2. To bridge the gaps between resources & training programs that help lead to employment, teach tenancy skills, stability in housing and self-equity, and the people they were designed to help. 

         3. To provide Safe temporary shelter for the homeless.

         4. To provide long term low income affordable housing.

         5. To provide on going support and guidance to avoid future episodes of homelessness and foreclosure.  

Our plan is to use a coordinated effort approach. With the help of some of the many Churches, like-minded groups, government, county agencies and volunteers dedicated to solving the issues of hunger & homelessness. We feel confident we can affect real change. We hold fundraisers, auctions, Food, & Clothing Drives. We also accept donations in-kind, cash, homes, trailer, vacant land, anything we can auction off to raise funds for our projects. Working together, helping one homeless person at a time we can end hunger ant the homelessness crisis.

Debbie Hennessy - MSCC-chief Operations Officer at Solutions for INdependence / Board Chair of Ray's The Roof House The Homeless Foundation


A proud Army brat, raised between New York State and Germany, Debbie spent much of her young life traveling the world. Her personal experience with disabilities began over 20 years ago. Life changed, but doors opened and she returned to college, earning a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Community and Mental Health Counseling. She began her mental health counseling career at Job Corps, working with at-risk youth, mostly dual diagnosis and set up the first interdisciplinary team on campus, which included IEPs that were shared with both vocational training and residential living. She introduced a program Seeking Empowerment Balance and Awareness, the program provided group sessions to youth designated “least likely to complete the program.” SEBA as it was called had a 90 percent success rate, higher than that of the center itself.  “The intrinsic value I receive from our consumers is truly a blessing. I don’t see myself as a person with a disability, but as a hardworking independent woman who has some challenges.” 

Professor Robert Charest

Responsible design-build advisor

Robert Michel Charest is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Elon University. He was the founder and director of Urban Studio, a community-oriented design-build effort, at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. His work with Urban Studio has garnered significant external funding, received numerous awards and has been featured in national as well as international design publications. Professor Charest has also published and presented widely in the areas of academic design-build, quality affordable housing and community transformation. Originally from Montréal, Québec, Robert holds a post-professional Master of Architecture in History and Theory from McGill University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Université de Montréal and a Design Diploma from Dawson College. He is an apprenticed master carpenter and held a builder’s license, from La régie du bâtiment du Québec, prior to establishing in the U.S. in 2003. He has taught at Université de Montréal, in the Schools of Architecture and of Industrial Design, as well as at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Prior to becoming a scholar, Robert practiced architecture, as well as interior and product design, in Canada, the U.S. and Israel. 


Minister Pamela Taylor / Treasurer

I consider myself to be a passionate community servant with the ability to motivate and inspire individuals in identifying their potential. With this ongoing quest to give, I have been able to promote significant, positive change in communities and individuals through advocacy, empowered by compassion. I take pride in engaging in community building. As a native New Yorker raised in Harlem, I have grown to be familiar with a "keep on keeping on" mindset. My mission in life is to use these attributes to become a voice to the voiceless and a beacon of hope to the hopeless.   


Shonda Sutton - founder / ceo

Dignity Housing Co. is a Social Enterprise that Sponsors Cause-Related Showcases, Initiatives, and Events. This innovative hybrid allows us the freedom and flexibility to channel our resources into endeavors that positively impact our community, in terms of social needs and corporate opportunities. Our current project portfolio focuses on Co-Housing Initiatives, Nonprofit Management, and Micro-Business Support. Dignity Housing Co. Buying Homes & Changing Lives dignity@ssuttonco.com 



Director of Materials / Volunteer Coordinator

 Kevin Bunch

-Age: 44

-Single Parent of one Son.

-Son of clergy

-Eastern North Carolina 


-Lived homeless for 2.5 yrs


-Metal Fabrication

-Warehouse -Assembly 

-Manufacturing -Inspection

-Production -Quality Control

-CNC Certification

-WorkforceTraining -Embroidery/Screen Print

-Our team will develop land and offer homes that are: 



-Temporary & Permanent



Adrian & Paris Ford - Ford Investment properties


Adrian and Paris S. Ford, moved to Greensboro NC in 2004. Paris is a Veteran of the US Army and proudly served 8 years. They are Members of Love and Faith Christian Fellowship. Paris' careers spans over 22 years in the medical field and Adrian 21 years of Trucker driving state to state. Paris education tenure extends from being a Medical Assistant, CNA, a Certified Occupational Assistant with an Associates Degree and now an Occupational Therapist Graduated from Belmont University with a Masters in Science in 2010. Her employment includes working with children, young adults, as well as the geriatric population. Her passion for her line of work comes from a strong sense of self-worth and accomplishment and helping others regain their lives gives her great joy. Former member of NANBPWC, INC; National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs; where she served as Financial Secretary and now serves on the Board of Daughters of Zion Clean and Sober Living, INC where she serves as Secretary. Adrian earned a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Guilford College in 2007, where he has now developed his business; Ford Investment properties for transitioning Veterans and the geriatric population with limited access to affordable housing. Together they looked forward in assisting in community integration and improving ability to those that can not afford adequate housing. 

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Showers And Toilets On Wheels Give Homeless A Clean Slate

In San Francisco, CA 

Why We Do What We Do

Meet Thomas an elderly, retired Veteran who is confined to a wheelchair. He lives in a tent under a bridge with several other people. (The noise you hear in the background are cars driving across the bridge.) Individuals are often blamed for their own homelessness. The homeless are frequently seen as lazy, lacking a work ethic and irresponsible. Yet research shows that many people who are homeless continue to work. Some are unable to work due to disabilities or other health issues. Limited skills or education, and low wages kept them homeless. Then there are those very visible homeless suffering from mental illness or addiction, these health problems often begin after losing their homes, due to the stress of living on the streets.    

The Flood

Extreme weather can deepen the cycle of homelessness. Floods, Hurricanes, snow, 20 degree nights, 90 degree days without shelter or access to weather information and warnings makes living on the streets treacherous. Besides losing whatever shelter they have found, extreme weather can also trigger mental health issues or worsen existing conditions.  

Our 4 Step Plan Pt. 3


Nearly a quarter of North Carolina’s homeless population are children and another fifteen percent are their parents. Single men make up nearly half of the homeless population (41%) while single women are 15%. Statewide, veterans comprise 9% of the homeless population. 82% of homeless families who receive assistance, only need it once. Our plan is to significantly reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Our 4 Step Plan

THE FUTURe of construction is here

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Part 4

Once homeless individuals and families successfully complete our programs. We assist them in finding affordable low income housing options so they can move from the temporary shipping container shelters into a permanent residences. We are in negotiations with the cities of Burlington, Greensboro & High Point, NC to take ownership of some of their abandoned, condemned, city owned properties and improved lots. We will either rehabilitate or tear the homes down if they can not be repaired. We will then build new good quality low income affordable housing, group homes & transitional shelters.  


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Advanced Building System


Company website -  https://www.rsg3d.com 



 Resilient - the strongest building system available

  • Hurricane / tornado resistant 
  • Earthquake-resistant 
  • Fire-proof (Class A rated)
  • Longer useful life / significantly more durable



 Affordable – lower costs vs. inferior materials

  • Lower unit cost than inferior / traditional materials
  • Lower construction costs
  • Reduced construction time
  • Lower labor costs / Reduced Labor needs
  • Lower life-cycle costs (energy, maintenance, insurance)