Success stories

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...

Think back to your freshman year of college. You met many new faces and your life suddenly opened up to dozens of activities and services. Maybe you didn't know your way around campus or what was required of you to succeed. In comes your trusty...

“I won’t have to worry about watching my clothes, watching my medication; to make sure my medication isn’t getting stolen.” That was Kevin’s number one relief in receiving housing—having a safe place for his medication. In fact, stolen meds led to Kevin’s elevated blood pressure and...

Alexander West had lived in cars, abandoned buildings, and he had labeled himself “a liar, a thief, unworthy.” He had used drugs and alcohol for decades before entering the SABER program in 2014. SABER was his third attempt at recovery and he credits the program...

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