CommunityWorks 945 (CW 945) strives to deepen relationships with our homeless neighbors and provide hope and tangible assistance.

CW945 uses art, athletics, gardening and music as a springboard to foster motivation and develop life skills. CW 945 staff develop positive programming and serve as case managers, assisting participants with employment, housing and health goals. Foundational to the programming is the belief that all people, regardless of their housing status, have talents to be celebrated and shared.

Learn more about our other CW945 programs by visiting the tabs below.

Artworks 945The ArtWorks945 program is built on a belief that the transformative power of art can be a vehicle for engaging and moving our homeless neighbors towards attaining permanent housing. Through various media we seek to restore voices and vitality to those who have so often been silenced and stifled.

ArtWorks 945 operates a functioning gallery and studio space where neighbors and volunteers participate in 150 classes a year. These classes teach life skills through painting, drawing, print making, photography, crafts and creative writing. In addition to classes, ArtWorks 945 offers 40 hours of open studio time each month.
Outreach to our neighbors is enhanced by connections and partnerships with the greater Charlotte community. Through offsite exhibits and events, ArtWorks is able to showcase the inherent talents of every individual, while inspiring conversation around the larger issue of homelessness.

You can support ArtWorks 945:

For more information, email ArtWorks 945.

Gardenworks 945Plants, much like people, need nourishment and nurturing. Seeing them grow can be an extremely rewarding and proud experience. The GardenWorks945 program provides a climate for nourishment, rewarding work and wonderful growth. We need the help of our community to accomplish this goal!

Our urban community garden has three objectives: to engage our homeless neighbors, to engage the community and to grow fresh food.

With nearly 3,000 square feet of organic gardening space, we produce quite an abundance of produce and flowers year round, all of which are shared with our neighbors and Soup Kitchen, or Friendship Trays.

We welcome groups and individual volunteers to help us grow. We garden year round, adapting to the season by planting, weeding, watering or harvesting.

You can support GardenWorks 945:

  • Provide items on our Wish List
  • Become a volunteer
  • Follow GardenWorks 945 on Facebook

For more information, contact Community Relations Specialist Katie Church.


Street Soccer coach Pete Fink took his last 945 soccer team to the U.S. cup tournament in Philadelphia on June 9th. Both Street Soccer and Pete have new homes at another local non-profit, Project 658.

Pete leaves UMC after 7 years of service in which the street soccer team attended 6 world cups, 5 U.S. cups and hosted the first ever Charlotte street soccer tournament. Close to 100 homeless men and women have benefitted from Pete’s passion for soccer and his ability to develop supportive relationships. We celebrate Pete’s dedication to serving the under-served. Current Soccer players and volunteers will have the great benefit of continuing to be coached by Pete in his new location.

Meanwhile Urban Ministry center will continue to focus efforts on engaging those who are yet to be housed in unique ways through art and other programming to achieve our mission of bringing the community together to end homelessness. We thank all of those who have been supporters of the 945 Street Soccer program during its 12 year history. We look forward to connecting with you in new ways.

tab_runningworks945While not an official CommunityWorks program, RunningWorks was inspired by, and started at, Urban Ministry Center. This partner program achieves similar life goals for its participants (our homeless neighbors) through a run and group meeting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday at UMC.

Support Urban Ministry Center