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 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:
- Blick Wishlist – either purchase directly, or pick up items from other stores
- Become a volunteer
- Follow ArtWorks 945 on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and the PhotoWorks Class Tumblr
For more information, email ArtWorks 945.
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:
For more information, contact Garden Director Trish Fries.
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.