News & Events

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 email

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

Holiday Decorating

Create a festive and welcoming campus for our neighbors

Decorations – Bring your team, a tree and all the decorations to brighten up our dining/reception area. Need filled! 

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: 250 45 drawstring backpack bags, 250 pairs white adult crew socks, 250 pairs adult gloves, 250 adult toboggans.  Email Trish Fries to arrange your donation.

Provide items for a Holiday BINGO

Provide some holiday cheer for our Scattered Site tenants – 100 calendars and $10 gift cards needed by December 14. Email Joann Markley to arrange your donation.

Help people get exactly what they need

$10 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Bojangles, McDonald’s will help clients in Street Outreach, Scattered Site, 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 Trish Fries

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

Email Martha Ryden to participate in any of these opportunities:

$10-20 gift cards for Walmart, Food Lion, Family Dollar to be given as Christmas gifts to tenants. Still Need: 120 19

2019 wall calendars with various designs and themes for tenants to select for their apartments. Still Need: 120 Need Filled!

Small Seasonal Gift like a mug with hot cocoa mix. Still Need: 120

2018 Honor Card

2018 Honor Card

The holiday tradition continues! This is the twentieth offering of our Honor Card. Moore Place tenant Eveco Haggins created the art for this year’s card. When you make a gift in honor of your loved one, we send a card to notify them of the gift (not the amount). It’s a wonderful way to recognize someone who cares about the Charlotte community or people experiencing homelessness. Ordering information can be found here: Holiday Honor Card

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