Author: Liz Clasen-Kelly

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When former Charlotte Observer editor and former Urban Ministry Center Board Chair Jennie Buckner first moved to Charlotte in 1968, she made what would seem like an odd choice in today’s world: She rented a room at the Y. For years, YMCAs and YWCAs provided housing...

Blog post by Liz Clasen-Kelly with Trish Fries Each year since 2010, Urban Ministry Center has taken one day (usually in September or October) to collect information on the neighbors visiting our main campus at 945 N College St. This year we conducted the survey on...

[caption id="attachment_2016" align="alignright" width="550"] The Davis Lake community came together on a rainy Saturday to remember Al and raised almost $1,000 for our neighbors still experiencing homelessness.[/caption] If you want to know what community looks like, you only had to stop by Chick-Fil-A at Davis Lake...

Last month (January 29-31), the Urban Ministry Center had the privilege of helping lead our community’s largest effort to identify chronically homeless and unsheltered individuals.  With the help of more than 250 volunteers assigned to 29 teams spread throughout the county, we combined the annual...

32,128. That is the number I want you to have in mind when you go to the polls on November 4th and have a chance to vote “Yes” for Charlotte’s Affordable Housing Bond.  32,128 – that is the number of households that signed up over just...

A familiar voice rings out, “Don’t worry about a thing” – the Bob Marley melody carries from the soup kitchen dining room through the upstairs hallway - “Everything little thing is gonna be alright.” It means only one thing – Leon is here. For a decade, Leon...

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