Since 1996, Urban Ministry Center has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months, December – March. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves 3 meals (dinner, breakfast, and bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program offers a unique way for people of faith to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night, and to foster a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of the issue.
2018-2019 will be HLUMC’s 21st year of participating in the program, and it’s one of our biggest Outreach opportunities. It directly addresses our Outreach focus areas: Hunger, Homelessness, and Children.
We need lots of help to make this ministry effective: overnight hosts, bus drivers, meal preparers, people to help set up Evans Hall, items donated for breakfast and bag lunches, and help with laundry (washing clothes for our guests on Tuesday nights and washing sheets after Tuesday).
Please pray for this ministry and find a way to “plug-into” the many opportunities to help. Sign-ups for volunteers can be found at the RITI table in the sanctuary, on the Connection Cards, or at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4da8ad2e5-room