In 1974 Charles left the Indianapolis Police Department to continue his studies in criminology at Indiana University. It was also during this time that Charles founded the Sonshine Inn, a Christian coffeehouse ministry located at 33 S. Arsenal Ave, Indianapolis, IN, devoted to helping intercity youth find a new meaning to life and follow a new, successful direction. Over the eight years that Charles served as the Founder and Director of Sonshine Christian Ministries, literally hundreds of lost young people were lifted from a life of certain desolation to becoming productive members of society. With a volunteer staff of 32, the Sonshine Inn became a beacon of hope in what for many was a dismal existence in the intercity of Indianapolis. During this time Charles also toured as a percussionist with the Christian Jazz band Friends. This followed many years with his own Christian Country-Rock bands Firewind and Agape Union, where he was a guitarist and lead vocalist.