• Potters are key supporters of Greensboro Urban Ministry's Feast of Caring

    Arts groups help potters support Feast of Caring

    We’d like to give a big shout-out to the Art Alliance, the Center for Visual Artists (CVA), and Earthworks Pottery for helping us roll out some fresh opportunities for potters to support Greensboro Urban Ministry’s 25th annual Feast of Caring! What’s new this year Potters can reserve up to 25 pounds of clay through Earthworks […]

  • Volunteers stock the food pantry shelves with nonperishable items to put in emergency assistance food bags.

    Food Insecurity Progress in Greensboro-High Point

    GUM food ministries — emergency food assistance and daily lunch at Potter’s House Community Kitchen — are helping make a difference in food hardship in the Triad. The Greensboro-High Point metro area has dropped from No. 1 in the country in 2014 to No. 9 in 2015, according to the Food Research and Action Center‘s Index […]

  • 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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    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. 

  • Howard Coates

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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.

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Potters are key supporters of Greensboro Urban Ministry's Feast of Caring

Arts groups help potters support Feast of Caring

We’d like to give a big shout-out to the Art Alliance, the Center for Visual Artists (CVA), and Earthworks Pottery for helping us roll out some fresh opportunities for potters to support Greensboro Urban Ministry’s 25th annual Feast of Caring! What’s new this year Potters can reserve up to 25 pounds of clay through Earthworks […]

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Kylie, right, Ansley and Hudson make blessing bags at the kitchen table. The siblings and their parents hand out bags of food with a personal note when they run errands.

Three Ways to Respond to Need

You’ve often asked us what the best thing is to do when you encounter neighbors who are hungry, hurting or even homeless. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a moment – crisis can happen to any one of us, anytime. From this perspective: Engage. Say hello, talk to the person seeking your help. […]

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CROP Hunger Walk 2015

CROP Hunger Walk: Act Locally, Feed Globally

Greensboro Urban Ministry partners with Church World Service each October for the CROP Hunger Walk. This longtime partnership takes on hunger and food insecurity locally and globally — and works to improve the lives of men, women and children who don’t have access to adequate food. You can make a difference by walking, forming a […]

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Southeast Guilford senior Krystal Stevenson works in Potter's House Community Kitchen.

Thank you, Corporate Grant Funders!

We’d like to say thank you to the corporate grant funders that have supported GUM’s work in 2015-16. GUM depends on the generosity of corporations, foundations, clubs, individuals and congregations to provide help, hope and long-term solutions to neighbors in our community in need. Direct corporate grants to GUM provided $67,000 in funding to several programs […]

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The Little Truck That Could

Miss Izzy, GUM’s steadfast box truck, continues to plug away on her routes — despite her 273,000 miles! The 2000 Isuzu has been with Greensboro Urban Ministry for years, and the agency depends on it for daily food pickups at area grocery stores and food collection events. Between its age, its lack of lift gate […]

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Board Arrivals, Retirements

Greensboro Urban Ministry would like to thank the members of the 2015-16 Board of Directors for the time and work they invested to make our agency stronger. Board members serve three year terms, and they are eligible to complete one additional three-year term concurrently. Welcome, members of the incoming Class of 2019, who were nominated by the […]

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Volunteers stock the food pantry shelves with nonperishable items to put in emergency assistance food bags.

Food Insecurity Progress in Greensboro-High Point

GUM food ministries — emergency food assistance and daily lunch at Potter’s House Community Kitchen — are helping make a difference in food hardship in the Triad. The Greensboro-High Point metro area has dropped from No. 1 in the country in 2014 to No. 9 in 2015, according to the Food Research and Action Center‘s Index […]

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Learning the Ropes

Teen residents of Partnership Village spent a recent day 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 […]

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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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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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