Staff Spotlight on Scattered Site team – Joann Markley

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Staff Spotlight on Scattered Site team - Joann Markley

Last week the Urban Ministry Center blog began featuring stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. We sat down at Moore Place in the office that Joann Markley shares with three other case managers. I was curious to get to know her better. What did she like? What did she have to …

Staff Spotlight on Outreach Team – Adam Calderone

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Staff Spotlight on Outreach Team - Adam Calderone

Over the next several weeks, the Urban Ministry Center blog will feature stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. Four years ago Adam Calderone was a college student studying political science at UConn, thinking about law school. Today he is an Outreach and Engagement Specialist at UMC. Coming out of college …

#HowIGive: Jerry Levine, Front Desk Volunteer

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#HowIGive: Jerry Levine, Front Desk Volunteer

Volunteer Jerry Levine says working at the front desk of Urban Ministry Center for the past 3+ years makes him feel lighter and being here helps him tap into himself in a unique way. He cares more, is humbled, and believes it helps him regain perspective about what truly hurts him and what he’s grateful for in his own day to day living. It’s brought a new recognition to his …

The Voices of Room in the Inn

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The Voices of Room in the Inn

Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program is entering its final month of the season. The Room in the Inn (RITI) program began in 1996 with a goal of providing a warm, safe, and dry place for Mecklenburg County’s homeless population during Charlotte’s coldest months – December through March. Over 130 area churches and colleges throughout the Charlotte area participate in the RITI program. Anyone who has volunteered for …

HousingFest and Stories of Housing

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HousingFest and Stories of Housing

As a VISTA Volunteer, I work on events for the development team at the Urban Ministry Center, and I am usually tucked away in an office with spreadsheets and press releases. But every morning during check in, I get the chance to be with our neighbors, and to be reminded of the purpose of all the fundraising we do in development. I cherish my morning duty signing people in to …

Point in Time Count Offers Opportunity to Engage

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Point in Time Count Offers Opportunity to Engage

I saw him sitting on the stairs of the Epicenter, uncontrollably shaking and holding a cup out for money. I had never seen him before. As my Point in Time count team approached, he barely glanced up. “Good morning, my name is Allison and I work for Urban Ministry Center’s outreach team. We’re out checking on people who may have slept outside last night to see if there’s anything you …

Eagle Scout Improvements at Urban Ministry Center

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Eagle Scout Improvements at Urban Ministry Center

As summer officially comes to a close this week, we wanted to recognize a few scouts who made 2016 the summer of campus improvements at 945 N College Street! Troop 16 at First Presbyterian Church has become very familiar with Urban Ministry Center as three scouts, Michael Quartapella, Nick Quartapella, and Rich Pope each completed their Eagle Scout Projects with a little help from their friends. Michael’s project focused on …

Special Year for Homeless World Cup

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Special Year for Homeless World Cup

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of coaching the Street Soccer U.S.A. national team at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland.  It is always an amazing experience being at the Homeless World Cup, but this year was a little more special.  For the first time, the U.S.A. team was able to implement a curriculum called the B.A.L.L program.  The B.A.L.L. program consisted of team building and group discussions …