Success stories

Although Giovanni works in 90-degree heat rolling fiber for twelve hours each evening, his attitude remains surprisingly positive. Mostly because, as he says, he is “in charge of my own life.” [caption id="attachment_4730" align="alignright" width="300"] Giovanni helps create a mural in the UMC Community Garden[/caption] He didn’t...

When she saw the sign on the door, “Welcome Home, Sharon,” she began to cry. Sharon Davis had never had her own place before that moment. A space where she could calm down, reset and care for herself. Sharon moved in to Moore Place shortly after...

When you enter William’s neat apartment, you can quickly identify what’s important to him – around his TV, where he watches sports non-stop, are photos of his family, his military portrait from the Marines, and an award for an outstanding donation of time to the...

Every Friday, I walk into Moore Place and am greeted by a hug and smile from Von. Chances are that if you’re a regular Moore Place visitor, you’ve been greeted similarly. In addition to feeling welcomed, the time I have reading with Von and our...

Diversity, community, and storytelling have become common buzzwords as of late. Flying around, circling in, out, and through our conversations.  And for good reason.  The power that comes through putting these words into action can create lasting change. On March 2nd, at Urban Ministry Center,...

Cleo is a 60-year-old, petite woman, with dark skin, eyes that sparkle and a smile that can’t help but make you do the same. Her vivacious personality, although it gets her into trouble at times, is magnetic. She is a force. When she enters a...

A typical day in the life of Eveco probably sounds familiar to most of us:  Getting up, going to work, coming home, tending to household tasks, and unwinding for a little while.  I visited Eveco at her workplace not long ago to see first-hand the...

Tabby’s life has been peppered with tough decisions: the decision to give her daughter to her mom to raise, the decision to leave abusive romantic relationships, and ultimately, the decision to stop using drugs and alcohol. But when Tabby talks about the tough decisions she has...

For over a decade, the community garden at our College Street campus has provided nourishment for the spirit and the body, for both neighbors and volunteers alike; but last year it began to offer a new purpose and importance for UMC programs. As the recreational therapist...

Byron was 20 years old and attending CPCC studying small business with the support of his mom, when she became ill in 2007. He quit school to care for her, but in 2009 she had to be moved to a nursing home where she passed...

What is community? What does it mean to be a member of a community? What does it take to bring communities together? As a newcomer to Charlotte, I’ve struggled with these questions as I’ve searched for my place in my new city. I realized quickly...

Last August, Prince sat down in my office, defeated and worn-out. After a few moments of silence, he looked up quietly and said, “Miss Heather, what do I have to do to get an apartment of my own?” Prince had been homeless for more than three...

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