#HowIGive: Jerry Levine, Front Desk Volunteer

Trish Fries Community Engagement, Volunteers 0 Comments

#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 …

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 …

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 …

HousingWorks Tenants Recognized for Volunteering

Katie Church Community Engagement, Partners, Success Stories 0 Comments

HousingWorks Tenants Recognized for Volunteering

Some time ago, Moore Place tenant Kenneth Dill began volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank.  What began as a notion to volunteer a couple of days each week developed into so much more.   From the start, Kenny recognized the significant impact Second Harvest was having within Charlotte and beyond.  “There’s over 900 agencies in North and South Carolina that we distribute to.  We’re the largest foodbank in the southeast.”  In …