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    Learning the Ropes

    Teen residents of Partnership Village spent last Friday with Peak Adventure Ministries on the group’s challenge course in Reidsville. Rev. Andrei Spells of the GUM Chaplaincy Program and volunteers Mike Sasser and B.J. Bowman took the high school boys and girls and participated with them in a full day of exercises that helped each of […]

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    2015 Ministry Report

    An update on Greensboro Urban Ministry’s work in the community to share the love of God with people in need through practical action. 

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    A Life Elevated

    This time of year takes me back to a New Year’s not so long ago. I moved one cold day — to the backseat of my ’98 Buick. I huddled inside a quilt my godmother made for me and started the car engine as often as I dared to try to stay warm. I landed […]

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    Beating Crisis Together

    Like many young men from his generation, Harold dropped out of high school to help support his family, taking a job as a custodian and grounds maintenance employee with Guilford County Schools where he worked for twenty-nine years. Harold married, had a family, and purchased his family home. It was a happy life, with Harold […]

  • James Massey


    The common cold – annoying, exhausting, but rarely life changing. Not so for James Massey. James Massey spent years working in the restaurant industry, working his way into management. A dedicated employee, he frequently worked 60-80 hour weeks. As he puts it, he “couldn’t ask [his] employees to do something he wasn’t willing to do […]

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    Poetry in Motion

    Clement Mallory’s love of language led him to a new beginning of hope and service with kids at Partnership Village, a housing community with supportive services for men, women and families getting back on their feet after experiencing homelessness. A poet by trade, Mallory learned at a young age the importance of reading and literacy […]

  • Crystal

    Overcoming Trauma

    Crystal, a bright student who received high marks, was just a semester away from her medical assistant’s degree when she experienced a life-changing trauma that caused a bout of severe depression. As a result, Crystal dropped out of school, lost her job, lost her housing, and found herself at Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Weaver House Singles […]

About Us

Greensboro Urban Ministry’s mission is to express the love of God to people in need through practical action in the Greater Greensboro area. We have served the Greensboro community since 1967.

Poverty is an equal-opportunity destroyer. Lack of food, funds and affordable housing create true disasters in the lives of our guests. Our goal is to be there first with them to help them dig out of the rubble and return to stability as quickly as possible.

Learn more about us by reading our website, the latest news in our homepage News Tab section, our Recent Posts at the bottom of each page, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Learning the Ropes

Teen residents of Partnership Village spent last Friday with Peak Adventure Ministries on the group’s challenge course in Reidsville. Rev. Andrei Spells of the GUM Chaplaincy Program and volunteers Mike Sasser and B.J. Bowman took the high school boys and girls and participated with them in a full day of exercises that helped each of […]

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Miss Thelma shares the senior project board her granddaughter, Krystal Stevenson, created that reflects on her service at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Inspired by Nana’s Example

Krystal Stevenson says service snared her heart early, when she used to come into Potter’s House Community Kitchen and watch her grandmother, Thelma Stevenson, work. Miss Thelma, as folks affectionately greet her grandma in the kitchen, has volunteered at GUM for more than 20 years, preparing lunch meals for a crowd. Krystal would come in on […]

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A periodic series of posts about our guests who are finding help, hope and solutions at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Finding The Way Home: Ross

One in a periodic series of posts about our residents who are finding help, hope and solutions at Greensboro Urban Ministry.  When Ross* arrived at Weaver House shelter, the 34-year-old paced the lobby, talking to himself intently. He came into the shelter in October 2015. Weaver House Director Michael Pearson and the staff quickly noticed […]

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Trinity AME Zion Church

Lenten Donation a Wonderful Blessing

Thank you to the leaders of Trinity AME Zion Church who visited with us recently and shared a very generous donation of $1,500. The donation was collected during the Noon-Day Community Lenten Services held at Trinity. Each week, the service featured ministers from across the city and represented many faiths and denominations. “We are all […]

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Serving Greensboro Together! #SGT4Hunger

Do you have a big circle around Tuesday, May 3? The folks @ Elm Street Grill (above) do! It’s Serving Greensboro Together, the day when you can eat out and help fight hunger in the community. It’s easy — grab your friends, kids, colleagues, book group — and head over to one of the more […]

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After dinner, guests at the men's Weaver Extension shelter at West Market Street UMC have time for reading and working a crossword puzzle.

Winter Wrap-Up

We’d like to thank the many partners who worked with Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) during the winter months to provide shelter to those without housing. GUM is the largest provider of overnight shelter in the city, with 100 beds for men and women and 16 studio apartments for families at Pathways Center. In Weaver House […]

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Collective Impact

A guest post from Rev. Kim Priddy  “Collective impact”… words a friend used to explain to me about some committee work she was doing through her place of employment.  It is the idea of a committed group from different sectors coming together with a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Collective impact is […]

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Judy Newlin

Getting Connected

A guest post from longtime volunteer Judy Newlin: I became involved 18 years ago with Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) when the Girl Scout troop I led provided weekly babysitting for a young mother who was a GUM client and a student in nursing school. Our help gave her time to study and ultimately helped her […]

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Food Lion at Greensboro Urban Ministry on March 24

Food Lion feeds 200 households

Food Lion corporate staff and volunteers lined up help and hope outside Greensboro Urban Ministry’s W. Gate City Blvd. location on March 24. The group donated fresh and non-perishable food for 200 households and were on-site to distribute the items in reusable shopping bags for recipients. Special thanks to Food Lion and Second Harvest, who […]

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#FeedGSO, food drive

#FeedGSO Total: 65,268 pounds!

Thank you to for adding to your grocery carts April 8 and 9 to support the Leadership Semi-Annual Food Drive at local grocery stores. The totals are impressive — in fact, our second-largest drive since fall 2013: 65,268 pounds of food and $3,359.72 in cash donations collected! This twice-yearly food drive helps to restock Greensboro Urban […]

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Care Packages

Support the Newly Rehoused

James is getting resettled into his own apartment, after several years of living outside. He has a mental condition that makes it really hard for him to trust that he can be safe around others, but he’s worked hard with his case manager and other supporters to begin to regain his sense of confidence. One […]

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Just Mercy: A Book Study

Join Rev. Frank Dew, chaplaincy program director at Greensboro Urban Ministry, and The Servant Leadership School for a powerful look at our justice system and how we can seek justice for all. Just Mercy: A Book Study begins on Tuesday, January 19, and will run through March 22. The study will meet from 12:30 to […]

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WE site case management

Greensboro Urban Ministry has contracted with local nonprofit agency Turning Point 180 this winter to provide case management services to clients staying in Weaver Extension shelters. Each winter, Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Weaver House shelter program coordinates Weaver Extension (WE) shelter sites with congregational partners to offer additional beds for men and women from December 1 […]

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White Flag Warming Centers

On dangerously cold nights this winter, the Interactive Resource Center, YWCA and Greensboro Urban Ministry will be working with the city to ensure those who are living outside have a safe place to escape the frigid temperatures. For those experiencing homelessness who are not staying in shelters, living outside in places unfit for human habitation […]

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Lowering Barriers

We are building our capacity on our front lines of service. In addition, we are identifying and lowering barriers that can prevent our guests from getting the help they need. Our Board has chosen to invest a significant portion of Greensboro Urban Ministry’s endowment resources to serve our guests better. Our work has focused on […]

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