UMC Programs

Last August, Prince sat down in my office, defeated and worn-out. After a few moments of silence, he looked up quietly and said, “Miss Heather, what do I have to do to get an apartment of my own?” Prince had been homeless for more than three...

Think back to your freshman year of college. You met many new faces and your life suddenly opened up to dozens of activities and services. Maybe you didn't know your way around campus or what was required of you to succeed. In comes your trusty...

“I won’t have to worry about watching my clothes, watching my medication; to make sure my medication isn’t getting stolen.” That was Kevin’s number one relief in receiving housing—having a safe place for his medication. In fact, stolen meds led to Kevin’s elevated blood pressure and...

Alexander West had lived in cars, abandoned buildings, and he had labeled himself “a liar, a thief, unworthy.” He had used drugs and alcohol for decades before entering the SABER program in 2014. SABER was his third attempt at recovery and he credits the program...

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...

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...

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. Back in high school in the small town...

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC.  Originally from Jamaica Queens, New York, Kennith moved...

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC.  Screensavers on the backgrounds of desktops flashed lazily...

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. Trish met me in the shade of an...

Last week the Urban Ministry Center blog began featuring stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. We sat down at Moore Place in the office that Joann Markley...