• Mike

    Let’s Get Folks Back in a Home

    When I sit down at my kitchen table to eat a meal, share a conversation or review my checkbook, I often reflect on how these everyday activities would be disrupted if I were experiencing homelessness. Add to that challenging health issues, or children — put yourself in that place for a moment. Then consider this: […]

  • Capolita and Harold

    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

    Perseverance

    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 […]

  • WE! Shelters

    Time Limits and Emergency Shelters

    Much has been shared in local media this winter about time limits in Greensboro Urban Ministry’s emergency shelter sites. Please read this background on the purpose of time limits, when and why they are used, and when they are waived. Greensboro Urban Ministry operates emergency shelters for homeless men and women and families at seven […]

  • Howard Coates

    Stephen Ministry

    “We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.” — Paul David Tripp The path to one’s calling in the ministry is rarely smooth and is occasionally found in the most […]

  • Clement

    Poetry in Basketball

    The delighted squeals of children emanate from the parking lot of the Partnership Village Apartment Community, one of the sites of operation for Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Beyond GUM rapid re-housing program, as basketballs make their way through the air to swish through the two temporary basketball hoops set up by Clement Mallory as a part […]

  • Pathways Volunteers

    Serving Others

    Two things these volunteers have in common – a love of singing and a love to serve others. Linda and Spencer Sullivan met Lee Ann Browing while singing in the choir at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church. After Lee Ann was offered a chance opportunity to be a substitute server with the Sullivans at a […]

  • Crystal

    Overcoming Homelessness

    When you meet Crystal, it would never occur to you that her life was anything other than the picture of ideal. Bubbly, outgoing, with a cheerful nature and an obviously strong faith, this young woman has a bright future. Yet, less than a year ago, she found herself homeless, unemployed, and with few prospects. Society […]

  • Emergency Assistance Bags

    Feeding our Community

    Food drives are a popular activity for those in the community looking to do something to help others. But, once the food is collected, where does it go? While Potter’s House Community Kitchen is nearly synonymous with Greensboro Urban Ministry, many erroneously assume the food collected in area food drives is used in the kitchen. […]

  • Bruce

    Changing Lives

    When Bruce Johnson first came to Greensboro Urban Ministry, he was scared. “I had nowhere to go and no one to call,” says Bruce. He had moved to North Carolina just a few months before. He was fleeing Detroit, a city embroiled in social and economic turmoil with little hope or opportunity. The streets of […]

About Us

Mission:

To express the love of God to people in need through practical action in the Greater Greensboro area.

History:

1967: Greensboro Urban Ministry (then Greensboro Inner City Ministry) was founded by members of several downtown faith congregations to provide emergency financial assistance in response to the needs of the poor in the inner city.

1981: Support for the Ministry grows to include 90 congregations, allowing for the opening of Pathways Center to provide temporary shelter to the homeless families.

1982:  Weaver House Singles Shelter and Potter’s House Community Kitchen open.

1984: Project Independence, the predecessor of Partnership Village, opens to provide transitional housing for homeless men, women and families.

1999:  Partnership Village is built through a partnership of several community organizations. The complex is completed in phases to expand housing options for men, women and families. Support services onsite help people transition from shelters successfully.

2008: The program Beyond Pathways, now Beyond GUM, is launched to offer long-term supported housing solutions for individuals and families. The highly successful supported housing model at Partnership Village is the foundation of this program.

Programs:

Greensboro Urban Ministry works with the community to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors through the following program areas:

Greensboro Urban Ministry is a place where ending homelessness begins and is a proud member of Partners Ending Homelessness!

 

Mike

Let’s Get Folks Back in a Home

When I sit down at my kitchen table to eat a meal, share a conversation or review my checkbook, I often reflect on how these everyday activities would be disrupted if I were experiencing homelessness. Add to that challenging health issues, or children — put yourself in that place for a moment. Then consider this: […]

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GUM, IRC: Working Together on Cold Nights

Guilford County is home to one of the two largest pockets of concentrated poverty in North Carolina. Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) and the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) are critical allies stabilizing those in crisis, providing different and essential services. On any given night, there are approximately 900 people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro. This means that […]

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Capolita and Harold

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 […]

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State of the Ministry

As I look back on my final full year serving as Executive Director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, I am very pleased with the progress that is being made in our quest to end homelessness in Guilford County. Many of my friends and acquaintances tell me I am crazy and ending homelessness is impossible. The good […]

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James Massey

Perseverance

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 […]

Learn More
WE! Shelters

Time Limits and Emergency Shelters

Much has been shared in local media this winter about time limits in Greensboro Urban Ministry’s emergency shelter sites. Please read this background on the purpose of time limits, when and why they are used, and when they are waived. Greensboro Urban Ministry operates emergency shelters for homeless men and women and families at seven […]

Learn More