News & Events

News & Events

Update for January 17, 2018: Mecklenburg County has opened an emergency shelter at the Grady Cole Center

Tune in to WFAE on Thursday morning to hear from our Outreach Team: Urban Ministry Center Outreach Team Finds and Helps the Homeless

Extraordinary Thanks for an Extraordinary Time

The days surrounding the 2018 new year were brutally cold and unusually extended for the Charlotte area. We are pleased to report that our community responded by increasing shelter beds each night to ensure those who wanted to come inside could. The churches and host sites in our Room In The Inn program were some of the most generous during this time as were donors who responded with warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and more. We are still stocked as a result of so many taking action!

We have received an amazing outpouring of donations from the community and now have more than enough blankets, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, and outerwear to keep our neighbors warm. We do not have the space to accept more clothing or blankets – please donate them to Crisis Assistance Ministry which offers items free of charge to our neighbors.

We’ve updated our wishlist, Main Campus Amazon and Housing Program Amazon lists – please continue to check back with those. In addition, our Street Outreach Team is still in need of backpacks to help distribute some of the warm weather items, as well as wallets and gift cards to Target, Walmart, Harris Teeter, McDonalds, or BoJangles. Items can be delivered to 945 N College St, M-F, 8:30am-4:00pm or S-S, 9am-noon. Donations can also be made online.

Finally, if you see someone outside who may need specific attention, please use the referral form to notify our Street Outreach Team.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Charity Navigator gives UMC Four Star Rating

We are honored to share that Charity Navigator’s annual evaluation of Urban Ministry Center has come back at an overall score of 96.66/100 and we continue to be a four-star charity.

Click here to see our full profile and report

HousingFest raises enough to house three people

HousingFest 2017, featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Aaron Lee Tasjan, was a tremendous success. Held at The Fillmore on Saturday, March 10th, the show sold out as more than 2,000 people came together to help end homelessness in Charlotte.

Thanks to concert attendees, and our generous sponsorsHousingFest raised nearly $50,000. Those funds will help house three chronically homeless individuals, giving them a renewed sense of hope, security, and dignity. If you attended the show, our heartfelt thanks. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope you’ll join us next year as we continue the fight to end homelessness in Charlotte.

It’s never too late to donate. Continue to visit housingfest.org for more information and keep up to date on next year’s event.