Our mission includes community education, both onsite and out in the community – it’s an important part of what we do. We’ve learned a lot about poverty and homelessness in our 20 years, and we’d like to share it with you and your friends, your place of worship, your business and with others in the human service field in Charlotte. We hope one of our many flexible formats meets your needs.
My Name is Rachel
This exercise uses the real-life story of Rachel to examine the responsibility we have to help our homeless neighbors. By analyzing a homeless individual’s biography and discussing each situation step by step, this program helps the participants better understand the circumstances of the homeless and, more importantly, how we can help. This 60-90 minute program can be held at UMC or at your location.
Walk in My Shoes
During this simulation, each group is asked to adopt the identity of a person experiencing homelessness and to “walk in their shoes” by visiting several agencies and locations around the Urban Ministry Center. This homeless simulation lasts anywhere between one and a half to two hours depending on the assignments given. This exercise helps each group comprehend the everyday difficulties of the homeless, the physical demands of walking from location to location, the frustration of homelessness, the barriers faced by our neighbors and the incredible strength and complexity of these people. Offered every second and fourth Saturday of the month and by special request. Email Ashley Brown
Housing First Charlotte Mecklenburg
Learn more about the community-wide effort to end chronic homelessness by 2016. Urban Ministry Center is a lead partner in the Housing First Charlotte Mecklenburg initiative. Come to UMC or let us come to you!
Speakers Bureau Topics
- The Urban Ministry Center and Its Programs
- Homelessness and Poverty in Charlotte
- Practical Ways to Make a Difference