Underneath the Steeples
Move Past the Surface and Help Local Charlestonians
Charleston, perhaps because its skyline is filled with the steeples of countless churches, is often called the “Holy City.” Yet beneath the picturesque spires, past the colorful homes, and beyond the restaurants serving some of the most exceptional food in the South, you will find this city to be home to a proud people. In the face of a rapidly changing urban landscape, those who have been belonged to Charleston for generations are striving to do right by the city they call home.
Charleston’s revival began in the 1970s when sweeping changes were enacted to preserve the city’s history and promote its unique cultures. However, these developments generated unforeseen problems, with many neighborhoods facing gentrification, dependence on tourism affecting other sectors, and some of Charleston’s most important communities displaced to the periphery.
Today’s Charleston is not perfect: there is much work to be done and there are many social issues that have yet to be adequately addressed. Despite these challenges, this is a city full of hope. Currently, the city has a growing and influential group of active citizens and individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving their communities.
These people and groups genuinely embody the caring and welcoming attitude that has made this city a preferred destination. Longtime residents and local business owners alike make every effort to give back to the communities they cohabit with. Non-profits work long hours on low budgets to ensure that those they serve receive what they need. Individual members of the community, from recent college graduates who have adopted the city as their home to influential leaders, raise their voices often for those who are not heard. These are the people who will pave the way for the city’s future, and we are dedicated to standing beside them.
There are those that loudly call for the preservation of the traditions and language of the Gullah Geechee, a community born of many peoples, who, after being forcibly brought to shores of America, created a new culture and language that preserved the traditions of the lands they had been torn from. The Gullah language has endured for centuries and can still be heard in Charleston as well as up and down the southern East Coast.
Others fight for the preservation of the wetlands, rivers, and forests that have surrounded the city for untold centuries. In the face of so much development and prosperity, many know that Charleston’s natural beauties cannot be replaced once they have vanished. Outdoorsmen and scientists work hand in hand to preserve this terrain that generates a feeling that the Lowcountry is indeed an untouched land.
Some of Charleston’s most dedicated individuals have spearheaded the push to invest in the city’s future generations. After-school initiatives, mentors, technology programs, and much more are found all across the area. Charlestonians know the value of education all too well and their dedication to securing opportunities for their children is inspirational.
While Charleston has so much to offer for its sights and tastes and is a beautiful destination for any traveler, with Momenta you can enjoy everything the city has to offer while supporting those who are striving for a better Charleston.
Momenta is committed to helping Charleston on its path to becoming a city that is a treasure not only for its visitors but also for those who will remain long after we have left. So join us in September for our first year in Charleston and make a difference in this community!