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News & Events

Holiday Needs/Opportunities


We need your help this holiday season!

Volunteers/donation/service must be arranged ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you.

This list will be updated often – please check back!

Soup Kitchen – open daily, 11:15-12:15 (serving 375+ M – F; 175+ S – S)

Drink Groups – (4-6 volunteers) bring drinks, cups, & ice for 400 drinks and serve during lunch 10:45-12:15 Group Volunteer Form (filling this out will let you see openings and self-schedule your group!)

Operation Sandwich – make 100-500 sandwiches to be used during lunch – deliver at your convenience! **To schedule your group for delivery please contact Liz Peralta at

Holiday Cookies – (2-6 volunteers) bring 400-1200 cookies or other hand-held treat to give out during lunch. Group Volunteer Form (filling this out will let you see openings and self-schedule your group!)

Donate Food – especially frozen turkeys, hams, pies, #10 cans of corn, peas or green beans for Thanksgiving or Christmas -email Christine Delia

Items Needed for the Holidays

Help our neighbors stay warm in the winter

On Christmas day we like to give each person new socks, hats & gloves to stay warm.

Still needed: 150 drawstring backpack bags, 350 pairs white adult crew socks, 350 pairs adult gloves, 350 adult toboggans/hats.  Please call Sandra Smith at 704-449-4934 to arrange your donation.

Help a neighbor get exactly what they need

$5 or $10 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Bojangles, McDonald’s will help neighbors in Outreach & Engagement, or SABER programs to purchase what they actually need or want. . . a special brand of soap, a Christmas treat for a friend, minutes on their phone, a favorite meal, whatever their heart’s desire! – email Hannah Stutts

Support our Housing Programs

These residents of our scattered site and Moore Place apartments don’t have the budget for a special holiday. . .can you help brighten their spirits?!

$5 gift cards for Food Lion, Walmart, or Family Dollar to be given as Christmas gifts to tenants. Need: 365

2020 wall calendars with various designs and themes for tenants to select for their apartments. Need: 365

To participate or have any questions:

Dan Miller
Scattered Site Housing
3411-A Saint Vardell Lane (near S. Tryon and Clanton Rd.)

Philip Harris
Moore Place
2435 Lucena St (near Graham St and Moretz)

2019 Honor Card

2019 Honor Card

If you are in search of a gift for your friend, family member, coworker or client, we invite you to consider the 2019 Honor Card. Your donation to Urban Ministry Center | Men’s Shelter of Charlotte directly funds life-changing services and programs that support individuals on their path from homelessness to housing. When you make a gift to our organization in honor of someone special, they will receive the 2019 Honor Card, skillfully designed by participants in our ArtWorks 945 program.

Open Positions

College Street Day Services Center is hiring a Part-Time Basic Services Specialist

Housing Team is hiring three case managers: Link Case Manager, MeckHome Case Manager, Scattered Site Case Manager

Housing Team is hiring a Director of Shared Housing

Housing Team is hiring an Assistant Director of Shared Housing

Housing Team is hiring an Employment Specialist for Shared Housing

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is hiring a Veterans Specialist to work on the Housing Services Team.

HousingFest Raises $62,000

Mandolin Orange

HousingFest’s monthlong arts and music events culminated on June 20 with a concert to end homelessness at Knight Theater. Mandolin Orange was the highlight of the evening, headlining an event that also featured education, art, and opportunities to engage. Read more here: $62,000 Raised to Put Housing First  

Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter Merged

It’s official!  Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center are legally one organization. In coming months, you will continue to see both “Men’s Shelter of Charlotte” and “Urban Ministry Center” separately or co-branded, until our board finalizes our unified brand later this fall. For more information: FAQ link

Kathy Izard Books

You may have seen volunteer Kathy Izard on the Today Show in January! What they didn’t mention is that Kathy’s acclaimed book, The Hundred Story Home, was re-released last summer by Harper Collins and now she’s also released a children’s book, A Good Night for Mr. Coleman.

If you are looking for inspiration, for listening to that whisper, or how to help your community with issues of homelessness, these books will not disappoint. Sold at local bookstores and online at Amazon.

Charity Navigator gives UMC Four Star Rating

We are honored to share that Charity Navigator’s annual evaluation of Urban Ministry Center has come back at an overall score of 91.33/100 and we continue to be a four-star charity.

Click here to see our full profile and report