Mission and History

The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time.

 

History

The Urban Ministry Center serves as a point of entry to services offered by a network of agencies that work closely together to provide necessary opportunities for the Charlotte homeless population. We’re an interfaith agency drawing support and volunteers from more than 130 houses of faith.

The Urban Ministry Center opened its doors in December 1994 as a partnership of uptown congregations and businesses to address the needs of the poor and homeless with compassion and tangible help.  Founding partners include the following: Bank of America, First Union, Duke Power, Bell South, TransAmerica, Knight Foundation, Mecklenburg County and Uptown Development Corporation, St. Peter’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian. Our original home was in the old train station building at North Tryon and North College Streets. The Soup Kitchen founded by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1979 relocated to this building.

In 2006, we expanded services and moved into our new building, located directly across from the old train station. After a very successful pilot project, Homeless to Homes, we raised funds to build and run Moore Place and a larger permanent supportive housing program, which opened in 2012 and is located two miles from Urban Ministry Center.

The Urban Ministry Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, funded by donations from private individuals, congregations, corporations and foundations. We receive no United Way funding. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Values

  • We keep mission at the forefront of all we do.
  • We meet people (neighbors, volunteers, donors) where they are.
  • We engage the broader community in our work.
  • We thrive on innovation, change, new ideas, and flexibility.
  • We maintain a culture of excellence and best practices.
  • We motivate for positive change.
  • We never give up on people.