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News & Events

Reclaim – ArtWorks945 Annual Art Show- October 20

Reclaim: to recover material in its pure form to reuse it in a new way.

As we dig through our lives and try to make sense of our journey, we often find moments that we want to toss away.  Yet, just as we have found with art, it is sometimes the most tattered fragments that create the most beautiful work.  We must only RECLAIM them.

We want you to be a part of this process.  Help us celebrate with our Artists on Saturday, October 20, 4-7pm, for “Reclaim: Every Piece Matters”.   We will be displaying pieces of art that have been created this year in the ArtWorks 945 Studio.  Pieces will be available for purchase, and 50% of the proceeds goes to maintaining our studio and 50% goes to each individual artist. No RSVP required, just drop in!  Facebook Event Link


Hiring: Director of Moore Place

The Director is responsible for overall leadership of Moore Place (a 120-unit building providing permanent supportive housing to men and women who have experienced chronic homelessness), including program operations & development, financial management and compliance, and community partnerships. More information can be found in the Director of Moore Place job description. Applications (cover letter and resume) accepted until October 26.

One a Day: we need you!

We are building a foundation of support for our neighbors who need help year round. By the end of October we’d like to have at least one recurring online gift set up for each day. That means we need 12 more donors to become monthly online supporters. Check out our One a Day Monthly Donations page to follow our progress and see how you can help!

Open Days for Monthly Donations

The Hundred Story Home Re-released

Volunteer Kathy Izard’s acclaimed book, The Hundred Story Home, was re-released on June 26 by Harper Collins. This new edition includes an audio and ebook on Amazon; new photos and stories; a Reader’s Guide and Frequently Asked Book Club Questions; and new stories including one featuring Eugene Coleman doing the blessing at 2017’s True Blessings.

Order now on Amazon, or snag one today at Park Road Books or Paper Skyscraper.

Urban Ministry Center Executive Director, Dale Mullennix to Retire

The Board of Directors of the Charlotte Urban Ministry Center announced today (May 11, 2018) that Dale Mullennix, Executive Director of the Center will retire in the spring of 2019. Mullennix has served Charlotte’s community as an advocate for change by bringing together the faith, government and business communities to end homelessness. He transformed the agency from a small organization providing basic services to one of the city’s largest outreach efforts enabling people experiencing homelessness to move from the streets to their own home. Mullennix led the charge in Charlotte to create affordable permanent supportive housing with the development of the groundbreaking Moore Place. Read the full press release here

HousingFest 2018

“I don’t think anyone should be homeless.”  Cheers rang out across Ovens Auditorium May 10 at HousingFest, when legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy voiced his support for Urban Ministry Center’s mission.  He and soul icon Mavis Staples did not disappoint as headliners of HousingFest 2018. More photos (credits to Daniel Coston) are posted on the HousingFest Facebook page.

$87,000 was raised this year, enough to provide a year of affordable housing with supports for six people who have experienced chronic homelessness!  Thanks to the dedication of our sponsors and festival-goers, our concert to end homelessness has raised nearly $167,000 since its inception.  Be sure to stay tuned in.  Leading up to our big night of music at ovens, we enjoyed holding a range of smaller events at Snug Harbor, Mert’s Heart & Soul Café, Triple C’s Barrel Room, and WeWork.  Look for HousingFest events to sprout up again next spring around the Queen City!

HousingFest Buddy Guy

Continue to visit for more information and keep up to date on other events surrounding the concert.

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 94.07/100 and we continue to be a four-star charity.

Click here to see our full profile and report