Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. 92 cents of every dollar donated directly helps Charlotte’s homeless neighbors. UMC delivers basic services (showers, laundry, soup kitchen) to 450 daily, provides permanent supportive housing for 200, organizes seasonal emergency shelter (Room In The Inn), offers substance abuse treatment with housing (SABER), and engages neighbors through enrichment programs including soccer, art, and gardening.
ACP began in 1989 when a group of women were walking through Settlers Cemetery in Uptown Charlotte and noticed children playing there during school hours. When asked why they were not in school, the children explained that they were not allowed to enroll in school without a permanent address. The women began a school for 27 homeless children in a room provided by First Presbyterian Church with a teacher from CMS and called it A Child’s Place. Soon after these beginnings, Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Act protecting the educational rights of homeless children. With McKinney-Vento, ACP’s mission shifted to supporting homeless children enrolled in public school. Since 1989, the agency has substantially expanded its service capacity. During the 2013-2014 school year, ACP helped 2,843 homeless children.
Our mission is to provide Charlotte’s children and youth with the spiritual, academic, and social development necessary to become Christian leaders determined to restore their communities.
The Relatives is a system of resources that helps children and youth find shelter and support. The Relatives Crisis Center, the On Ramp Resource Center and Journey Place Transitional Residence keep kids safe and families together. The Relatives serves as the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County and the surrounding area, partnering with local businesses to ensure young people in need have access to immediate help and supportive resources.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center exists to give hope to the hopeless in Charlotte. What began as a mission to feed the hungry through The King’s Kitchen soon expanded beyond meeting physicals needs. The Dream Center achieves its goal through job training, feeding, discipleship, daily Bible studies and financial training.