A native Chicagoan, Charles in 1986, saw the lack of services around health and Wellness for the African American SGL community. He, along with a few colleagues, co-founded the Minority Outreach Intervention Project (M.O.I.P.) the project provided HIV prevention services to SGL men of color. M.O.I.P. was the first organization in the city of Chicago to focus on community outreach in gay identified bars where men of color assemble socially.
In 1995, he joined Sinai Family Health Centers as coordinator for the BROTHER 2 BROTHER men's prevention program on Chicago's south side.
In 1997 Charles started as Men's Prevention Manager for the BROTHERS Community Aware Network (BROTHERS C.A.N.) at HARAMBEE Wellness Center, a Howard Brown Health Center south side location.
In 2001, Charles was offered and accepted a position as Director of the Young Men who have Sex with Men Project (a Community Prevention and Advocacy project) at the South Side Help Center.
Charles lives by a motto of DR. King; "Today we must forge ahead, sure in our convictions, that no human force can stop our struggle or hinder our victory. We must be strong in our beliefs; open doors when they are nailed shut and walk boldly through them when they are opened. The future is not just ours; it is also those who have not spoken and those who are yet to come."
Continually BROTHER 2 BROTHER, BROTHERS C.A.N., and SSHC YOUNG MEN who have SEX with MEN Project, all have proven themselves as programs where SGL men of African Descent can have a safe haven to share with other SGL men about their lives and experiences while learning to establish and maintain positive prevention behavior.