Midway Mark for Room In The Inn

It’s hard to believe, but we’re half way through the Room In The Inn season! The numbers are in and the hard work of volunteers at over 100 host sites have made them possible.

Eveco at work

Bruised, Not Broken

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 work she’s engaged in at Secure in Motion, a local wood packaging company that designs …

Tabby

Tough Choices

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 made in her life, she doesn’t consider herself to be a victim or blame …

From the UMC Garden to Moore Place

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 for our SABER (Substance Abuse Education & Recovery) program, Laura McCarthy helps men in …

From the Woods to the Whitehouse

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 away soon after. The house was willed to Byron, but he was unfortunately unable to …

Michel

What is Community?

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 upon moving to Charlotte, that it was easy to isolate myself, to become so comfortable …

UUCC group photo

Universalist Unitarians—a Decade of Friendship

Ten years ago Sandy Vermillion, Carol Rousey, Roger Coates, and their fellow church members attended a work day at the Urban Ministry Center’s College Street Campus. While serving, they met new staff member Joann Markley who told them about a brand new program, Homeless To Homes, that could really use their support. On that day in 2008 a new partnership …

Ada Jenkins Dental Van

Healthcare Connections at UMC

Everyone’s experienced something ‘going around’ at work or school before—suddenly it feels like half your staff is out sick. That happens here at the Urban Ministry Center College Street campus sometimes, but what almost always happens simultaneously is that we see sick neighbors too. And while we usually have over-the-counter medications to help them–pain relievers, cold and flu medicine, cough …

Homeless with a Housing Voucher

The Street Outreach Team and volunteers hit the streets of Uptown once a month starting at 9:00 PM to get a pulse on how many people are sleeping in Uptown, and who they are. It’s a chance to talk to people before they’re asleep, but after they’ve settled in for the night. While the neighbors are always surprised to see …

Summer and Tom

Get a Job!

“I just want to sit on my own couch,” Tom said, wondering why it was so hard to get to that place. He is tired. When Tom was younger than his 50+ years he thought it was cool to have adventures, to travel the country. His favorite place had been Idaho where he worked on a potato farm and nearby …

Emily with Prince

Find Your Ironing Board

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 years, and, like many of our neighbors, lives on a fixed income. With 2 …

Super Bowl

Settling in to Moore Place

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 Resident Assistant! RAs were the ones to help smooth over this transition, by helping new …

Kevin + Keys = Great News!

“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 eventually a spinal stroke, heart attack, and a wheel-chair. All while receiving dialysis three …

SABER Mate Now Counsels Others

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 with changing his life. He eventually came to understand the very first message he received …

ArtWorks 945 Hosts Google Execs

We seldom receive phone calls from London here at the Urban Ministry Center, but that’s what happened one day a few weeks ago.   She said her name was Sayo Ayodele and she was with Leaders’ Quest, an international leadership development organization based in London, New York and Singapore.  She said she had been reading about us and wanted to visit …

Making Moving Day Meaningful

For many families, this past weekend marked “moving in” day for their college students.  My family spent a steamy Saturday afternoon hauling items up many flights of stairs (and on the elevator when we could get it!) into my daughter’s new dorm room.  Throughout the move, I kept saying to myself, “Wow, where is she going to put all of …

Staff Spotlight on Administration Team – Dominique Lee

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. Back in high school in the small town of Fairmont, West Virginia, Dominique loved meeting people who were different. “I was that …

Staff Spotlight on Moore Place Team – Kennith Dukes

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC.  Originally from Jamaica Queens, New York, Kennith moved with his family to Charlotte when he was 18. He misses the big city, …

Staff Spotlight on SABER Team – Bob Sundin

For the last several weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has featured stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC.  Screensavers on the backgrounds of desktops flashed lazily in the SABER computer area while Bob and I discussed his work. Here in …

Staff Spotlight on Neighbor Services Team – Danielle Arthur

For the last two weeks the Urban Ministry Center blog has been featuring stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. In her position as a Neighbor Services in-reach social worker at the Urb, Danielle listens to a lot of stories. This …

Staff Spotlight on Scattered Site team – Joann Markley

Last week the Urban Ministry Center blog began featuring stories about our staff members and the excellent work they do. We hope you enjoy learning about our team members and what they love about UMC. We sat down at Moore Place in the office that Joann Markley shares with three other case managers. I was curious to get to know her …