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. The exercise is very safe and a seasoned staff member or volunteer accompanies each group. 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.
Framework for Understanding Homelessness
This is a two-hour workshop exploring assumptions about people who are homeless in Charlotte and examining proven strategies for ending it. Using first-hand accounts from people who have experienced homelessness in Charlotte, participants find out what it’s like to live on city streets and what options are available to end homelessness. This workshop can be provided at UMC or your location.
Speakers Bureau Topics
- The Urban Ministry Center and Its Programs
- Homelessness and Poverty in Charlotte
- Practical Ways to Make a Difference