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 create produce and flowers for our partners.

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, Common Grounds Farm Stand 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 Garden Director Trish Fries.

tab_streetsoccerStreetSoccer 945 (SS945) recognizes that soccer has a remarkable power to address homelessness, by promoting healthy living, building a community of supportive teammates and encouraging a constructive use of leisure time.

SS945 participants attend weekly practices, play in local leagues and work with staff to achieve three, six and 12-month personal goals. Each practice follows a curriculum focused on developing key life skills.  Players have the opportunity to compete in the Street Soccer USA Cup and to make the national squad for the Homeless World Cup.

You can support StreetSoccer 945:

  • Provide items on our Wish List
  • Become a volunteer
  • Rent the one-of-a-kind Street Soccer court (all proceeds support StreetSoccer 945)
  • Contribute airline points or travel funds to send StreetSoccer 945 to the Street Soccer USA Cup Summer 2014
  • Create employment opportunities: hire a StreetSoccer player to work for your business or connect a player with a job opportunity
  • Support education:  provide text books for our GED students
  • Sponsor a league:  for $600, our team can join a league for one season

For more information, contact Program Director Peter Fink.

SS945 is part of an international community of programs that uses soccer as a tool to eradicate homelessness. StreetSoccer 945 was the first year-round soccer program for the homeless in the United States and was the founding program of StreetSoccer USA, the organizing body for grassroots soccer programming in our country.

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