News & Events
Welcome Home Kits Needed
Housing First Charlotte Mecklenburg (HFCM) Project Manager Caroline Chambre Hammock appeared on Spectrum News’ In Depth on July 6th to ask the community to help Charlotte’s newest renters make a home. The HFCM Initiative is a partnership of 28 organizations working to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte. As individuals are placed in housing, they need every day household items to be successful and to make their home comfortable and livable. Groups like this book club have come together to provide nearly 500 kits since the initiative began, but our community is still in need of several hundred more. Can you help?
Street Soccer 945 becomes 658
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.
Pete was leading the ArtWorks program as well, so it also begin a new chapter! The art studio will be closed for short while, June 15 – June 25, for cleaning and organizing and will reopen soon after. A clinically trained staff person will be the coordinator of the newly formed ArtWorks program as part of the Neighbor Services team. Homeless neighbors will continue to engage around art and other activities so that we can craft a path out of homelessness for each individual. The empowerment and affirmation of creative endeavors like art will continue to be a positive connection for our neighbors. We welcome community partners and volunteers who desire to build relationships with our neighbors through art and the creative process and look forward to this new model.
Charity Navigator gives UMC Four Star Rating
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 sponsors, HousingFest 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.
The Hundred Story Home wins a Christopher Award
On March 28th The Christopher Awards announced The Hundred Story Home as an award winner in the Books for Adults category. We are thrilled they have recognized Kathy’s work with this award which celebrates work which “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”
In 2007, mother of four, graphic designer and UMC soup kitchen volunteer, Kathy Izard listened to a whisper that urged her to quit her job to help house the homeless. Along with building a home for one hundred people, she found faith, forgiveness, and fulfillment in her own life.
Order The Hundred Story Home on Amazon or call 704-926-0622 to purchase through UMC directly. Cost is $15 and all proceeds from the book benefit Urban Ministry Center’s Moore Place!