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HousingFest 2019: Mandolin Orange Announced as Headliners!

HousingFest 2019: Mandolin Orange

We are thrilled to announce Mandolin Orange as the 2019 HousingFest headliner! The 2019 concert to end homelessness, presented by Urban Ministry Center in conjunction with Maxx Music, Blumenthal Performing Arts, and Visulite Theatre, will be Thursday, June 20, at Knight Theater. Tickets are on sale now. Get yours here.

June 1, 12:30pm – HousingFest will be participating in the first annual festival at EastSide Local Eatery (located within the Eastway Crossing Shopping Center at the corner of Central Avenue and Eastway Drive).  In addition to live music, and delicious food, HousingFest will be hosting an afternoon Chalk Art Competition.  Calling all artists!  Gift cards will be awarded to winners of first, second, and third place.  Come and share your concept of “home.”  Artists from Urban Ministry Center’s ArtWorks studio will be present to join the fun.  Chalk art will be saved and displayed at Knight Theater on June 20th for our big show featuring Mandolin Orange!

June 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm – HousingFest Unplugged will be coming to the Charlotte Art League in NoDa!  Come out to enjoy a night of live music and artwork.  Visit artists’ studios, enjoy hearing your favorite local musicians, and see some of the latest artwork coming from Urban Ministry Center’s ArtWorks program.  Suggested donation $10.  We’ll also be collecting cleaning supplies individuals who are living in housing with no income.  We invite you to bring one or more of the following:  liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, multi-purpose spray cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper, or 20-gallon garbage bags.

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

Open Positions

Scattered Site is hiring a Case Manager. Accepting cover letter with resumes through 6/21/19

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

MeckFUSE housing program is hiring a Peer Support Specialist.

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is hiring a Chief Talent Officer to ensure our new, merged organization will have the right talent, systems, practices, policies and culture necessary to support our mission of ending homelessness.

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

Click here to see our full profile and report