• Capolita and Harold

    A Holiday Gift

    The loss of a spouse alone is devastating. However, how do you cope when the loss of your spouse also leads to the loss of your home? Where do you go? To whom do you turn? These are the questions that plagued Harold Walker when his wife passed. Like many young men from his generation, […]

  • Mike

    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 […]

  • 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

    Why Time Limits for Emergency Homeless Shelters?

    The most important job of Greensboro Urban Ministry staff working at our emergency shelters for homeless individuals (Weaver House Night Shelter and Winter Emergency Shelters) and families (Pathways Family Center) is to move the shelter guests into permanent housing as quickly as possible. This focus on housing, called rapid rehousing, is now the national model […]

  • 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

In response to the growing needs of the poor in the inner city, Greensboro Urban Ministry (then Greensboro Inner City Ministry) was founded in 1967 by representatives of several downtown congregations to provide emergency financial assistance.  By 1981, support for the Ministry had grown to ninety congregations, allowing for the opening of Pathways Center to provide temporary shelter to the homeless families.  The next year both Weaver House Singles Shelter and Potter’s House Community Kitchen opened, followed by Project Independence in 1984.  This would lead to the building of transitional housing complex Partnership Village in 1999.  Recognizing the cost and social benefits of rapid re-housing, the board of Greensboro Urban Ministry approved the implementation of Beyond Pathways, now Beyond GUM, in 2008 for the purposes of diversion and rapid re-housing.

Throughout its forty-five year history, Greensboro Urban Ministry has worked with the community to meet the needs of our most vulnerable and oft-forgotten citizens.  Today, Urban Ministry continues its mission to express the love of God to people in need through practical action in the Greater Greensboro area by offering emergency financial assistance, food assistance, emergency and transitional shelter, and rapid re-housing.

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

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Learn more about the people leading our efforts to end homelessness – our Board of Directors.

We strive for transparency in all that we do, learn more about our financial status.

Interested in working with others who are passionate about what they do?  View our current job openings.

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Capolita and Harold

A Holiday Gift

The loss of a spouse alone is devastating. However, how do you cope when the loss of your spouse also leads to the loss of your home? Where do you go? To whom do you turn? These are the questions that plagued Harold Walker when his wife passed. Like many young men from his generation, […]

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Mike

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 […]

Learn More
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

Why Time Limits for Emergency Homeless Shelters?

The most important job of Greensboro Urban Ministry staff working at our emergency shelters for homeless individuals (Weaver House Night Shelter and Winter Emergency Shelters) and families (Pathways Family Center) is to move the shelter guests into permanent housing as quickly as possible. This focus on housing, called rapid rehousing, is now the national model […]

Learn More
Honor Card

Holiday Honor Card

Eternal Hope Hope is a universal force. It provides the spark that keeps us moving through tough times and helps keep our dreams alive. As we draw near to another Holiday Season I can’t help but reflect on those who are struggling to maintain some remnant of hope. All around us are people whose lives […]

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Feast of Caring Artwork

Feast of Caring

A simple meal of soup and bread. An evening filled with fellowship and love. The spirit of giving. These are the ingredients that make up the Annual Feast of Caring event. This year we celebrate the 23rd annual event of fellowship and support for Greensboro Urban Ministry and the twenty-sixth anniversary of the William Mangum […]

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