Urban Ministries (Samaria)
6 days until REACH 2015! Today’s featured mission agency is Urban Ministries (Samaria - Underserved Communities and People).
The Urban Ministry Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, funded by donations from private individuals, congregations, corporations and foundations. We receive no United Way funding. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
Mission: The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time.
History: The Urban Ministry Center opened its doors in December 1994 as a partnership of uptown congregations and businesses to address the needs of the poor and homeless with compassion and tangible help. Founding partners include the following: Bank of America, First Union, Duke Power, Bell South, TransAmerica, Knight Foundation, Mecklenburg County and Uptown Development Corporation, St. Peter’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian. Our original home was in the old train station building at North Tryon and North College Streets. The Soup Kitchen founded by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1979 relocated to this building. In 2006, we expanded services and moved into our new building, located directly across from the old train station. After a very successful pilot project, Homeless to Homes, we raised funds to build and run Moore Place and a larger HousingWorks program, which opened in 2012 and is located two miles from Urban Ministry Center.
The Urban Ministry Center depends on the generosity of volunteers to meet the daily needs of our homeless neighbors. Every year, nearly 10,000 regular, seasonal and one-time volunteers lend their heart and hands to our work. Our hope is that the work at Urban Ministry Center brings change in people’s lives – in the lives of our homeless neighbors and in the lives of volunteers. We invite you to become a part of this ministry.
Learn more about Urban Ministries and volunteer opportunities at: www.urbanministrycenter.org.