#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 …

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 …

Neighbor To Neighbor Program: Moving Beyond Housing Retention

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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 …

Room In The Inn Volunteers Make a Difference

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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 …

Blessed by a Neighbor

Ed Land Community Engagement, Partners, Volunteers 1 Comment

Blessed by a Neighbor

Carmel Presbyterian Church is one of many houses of faith that provides shelter and fellowship for our neighbors during Room In The Inn. This article is from “The Carmel Letter,” and reprinted with Ed’s permission. The recent Room In The Inn session on January 18 was a real blessing for me. Boy Scout Troop #79 prepared and served a very hearty and delicious meal which was topped off by some …

Layers of Awareness

Tricia Sistrunk Advocacy, Community Engagement, Volunteers 1 Comment

Layers of Awareness

Last month, our community completed the annual Point in Time Count Survey.  Over 150 volunteers spread out across the community to conduct a survey with people who spent the night outside.  Tricia Sistrunk was one of those volunteers.  This was her second year volunteering.  She also serves as a regular volunteer with the outreach team.   On the morning of the survey, I took my dog out around 5:00 a.m. …

Hot Soup and Hospitality

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Hot Soup and Hospitality

The foundation of our organization, the Soup Kitchen, embodies our mission like no other. It truly brings the community together to serve our homeless neighbors and it provides an environment of trust and relationship building to end homelessness. No Barriers A primary tenet of Urban Ministry Center is to offer programs with very low or no barriers to service. Literally anyone can walk up to the soup kitchen window and …