The Voices of Room in the Inn

Tricia Sistrunk Community Engagement, UMC Programs, Volunteers 1 Comment

The Voices of Room in the Inn

Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program is entering its final month of the season. The Room in the Inn (RITI) program began in 1996 with a goal of providing a warm, safe, and dry place for Mecklenburg County’s homeless population during Charlotte’s coldest months – December through March. Over 130 area churches and colleges throughout the Charlotte area participate in the RITI program. Anyone who has volunteered for …

HousingFest and Stories of Housing

Meg Butler Community Engagement, UMC Programs, Volunteers 0 Comments

HousingFest and Stories of Housing

As a VISTA Volunteer, I work on events for the development team at the Urban Ministry Center, and I am usually tucked away in an office with spreadsheets and press releases. But every morning during check in, I get the chance to be with our neighbors, and to be reminded of the purpose of all the fundraising we do in development. I cherish my morning duty signing people in to …

Point in Time Count Offers Opportunity to Engage

Allison Winston Advocacy, Community Engagement, UMC Programs 6 Comments

Point in Time Count Offers Opportunity to Engage

I saw him sitting on the stairs of the Epicenter, uncontrollably shaking and holding a cup out for money. I had never seen him before. As my Point in Time count team approached, he barely glanced up. “Good morning, my name is Allison and I work for Urban Ministry Center’s outreach team. We’re out checking on people who may have slept outside last night to see if there’s anything you …

Eagle Scout Improvements at Urban Ministry Center

Trish Fries Community Engagement, Volunteers 0 Comments

Eagle Scout Improvements at Urban Ministry Center

As summer officially comes to a close this week, we wanted to recognize a few scouts who made 2016 the summer of campus improvements at 945 N College Street! Troop 16 at First Presbyterian Church has become very familiar with Urban Ministry Center as three scouts, Michael Quartapella, Nick Quartapella, and Rich Pope each completed their Eagle Scout Projects with a little help from their friends. Michael’s project focused on …

Special Year for Homeless World Cup

Peter Fink Community Engagement, Success Stories, UMC Programs 1 Comment

Special Year for Homeless World Cup

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of coaching the Street Soccer U.S.A. national team at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland.  It is always an amazing experience being at the Homeless World Cup, but this year was a little more special.  For the first time, the U.S.A. team was able to implement a curriculum called the B.A.L.L program.  The B.A.L.L. program consisted of team building and group discussions …

Neighbor To Neighbor Program: Moving Beyond Housing Retention

Adam Calderone Community Engagement, UMC Blog, UMC Programs, Volunteers 0 Comments

Neighbor To Neighbor Program: Moving Beyond Housing Retention

What do people need most when they settle into housing after experiencing long periods of homelessness? For someone utilizing services at the Urban Ministry Center main campus, those needs can often be easier to identify. They need a hot lunch, an ID, a shower. For an individual moving off the streets and into permanent housing, those needs can be harder to define and change over time. Research has proven that …

Celebrating Moore Place Expansion

Caroline Chambre Hammock Partners, Success Stories, UMC Programs, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Celebrating Moore Place Expansion
On Wednesday, June 15, Moore Place opened 35 new apartments to house chronically homeless citizens of Charlotte. These remarks are from that celebration. Thanks to Rachel Fesko for photographing the event.   Good morning! My name is Caroline Chambre Hammock, and I serve as the Associate Executive Director for the Urban Ministry Center. In 2012, I had the great pleasure of welcoming you to Moore Place as we opened our doors for the ...

Unexpectedly Blessed by Those Yet to be Housed

Meghan Rock Community Engagement, Volunteers 0 Comments

Unexpectedly Blessed by Those Yet to be Housed

In the midst of frantically applying for graduate schools and jobs following my graduation from college, I stumbled upon Urban Ministry Center’s website. I figured since I was new to Charlotte, I could get to know the community by volunteering. However, I never expected to begin my post graduate career here- and I never expected it to change my life. Urban Ministry‘s website caught my eye because in college I …

Room In The Inn Volunteers Make a Difference

Matt Daniels Success Stories, UMC Programs, Volunteers 2 Comments

Room In The Inn Volunteers Make a Difference

As the brand new “Inn Keeper” for Room In The Inn, I have been truly overwhelmed with the generosity and compassion that our community provides to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Room In The Inn is Urban Ministry Center’s emergency shelter program which operates each winter, December – March, since 1996. This past season I was privileged to organize 132 participants including churches, YMCA’s and schools to provide transportation, meals, and …