ArtWorks 945 Hosts Google Execs

Dale Mullennix Community Engagement, UMC Programs, Volunteers 0 Comments

ArtWorks 945 Hosts Google Execs

We seldom receive phone calls from London here at the Urban Ministry Center, but that’s what happened one day a few weeks ago.   She said her name was Sayo Ayodele and she was with Leaders’ Quest, an international leadership development organization based in London, New York and Singapore.  She said she had been reading about us and wanted to visit our campus with a group of executives from Google who …

Making Moving Day Meaningful

Caroline Chambre Hammock Community Engagement, UMC Programs, Volunteers 2 Comments

Making Moving Day Meaningful

For many families, this past weekend marked “moving in” day for their college students.  My family spent a steamy Saturday afternoon hauling items up many flights of stairs (and on the elevator when we could get it!) into my daughter’s new dorm room.  Throughout the move, I kept saying to myself, “Wow, where is she going to put all of this stuff?”  I don’t think this phenomenon is limited to …

Give Need a Vacation with Summer Share

Trish Fries Community Engagement 0 Comments

Give Need a Vacation with Summer Share

While the winter holidays bring enough donations to overflow the shelves, the summer months can be challenging. The weather is better, people are focused on taking a break from work or school and leaving town on vacations. Share Charlotte recognized this challenge faced by nonprofits and created SummerShare to help promote the idea of giving NEED a vacation. July 10-21 is a time when the Charlotte community is encouraged to …

#HowIGive: Jerry Levine, Front Desk Volunteer

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#HowIGive: Jerry Levine, Front Desk Volunteer

Volunteer Jerry Levine says working at the front desk of Urban Ministry Center for the past 3+ years makes him feel lighter and being here helps him tap into himself in a unique way. He cares more, is humbled, and believes it helps him regain perspective about what truly hurts him and what he’s grateful for in his own day to day living. It’s brought a new recognition to his …

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

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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 …