A Community Jam to Fight Poverty

They say one act of giving gives way to subsequent acts of kindness. In Rich Lerner’s case, that age-old saying held true. The local musician decided to start Groove Jam — an annual music festival showcasing local bands and benefitting Greensboro Urban Ministry – after attending fellow musician Warren Haynes’ own music festival in Asheville […]

Frazier Elementary’s Penny Drive against Poverty

Frazier Elementary School showed that a penny may be small, but pennies – plural – can be powerful … and heavy. From March to May of this year, students in Frazier’s ACES (Afterschool Care Enrichment Services) program enthusiastically collected coins as part of a penny drive for the homeless. Each student made a personal bank […]

Swarming Together to Serve Greensboro

The Greensboro Swarm recently kicked off its Swarm Summer of Service at Greensboro Urban Ministry. Swarm staff members served lunch, helped stock the pantry and brought items out to food pantry customers. “People are supporting us on the court. We want to support them off the court,” said Kat Kienle, the Greensboro Swarm’s manager of […]

Angel’s Revival

Angel Baptist came to Greensboro Urban Ministry after facing the challenges of substance abuse and unhealthy relationships. She is a resident at Partnership Village, a community where women, men and families with children who have experienced homelessness can find support, structure and community as they get back on their feet. “At Partnership Village, I’m learning to […]

Miss Thelma’s Last Thursday

Longtime volunteer Thelma Stevenson

Thelma J. Stevenson, known around GUM affectionately as Miss Thelma, cooked her last lunch today in Potter’s House Community Kitchen. After 30 years, she’s hanging up her apron and retiring. Miss Thelma started cooking in her home and delivering food for our guests in the 1980s. When GUM’s building at 305 W. Gate City Blvd. […]

Pottery Pop-Up @ GUM: 12/12-12/16

That beautiful N.C. pottery created and donated for the annual Feast of Caring is back by popular demand! Greensboro Urban Ministry will host a Pottery Pop-Up @ GUM next week at the agency’s administrative offices, 305 W. Gate City Blvd. The event will open Monday, Dec. 12, and run through Friday, Dec. 16 — or […]

Share Hope for the Holidays

William Mangum Honor Card

The William Mangum Honor Card for 2016, “Hope in Front of Me” is now on sale and is a terrific way to offer help and hope — and honor friends and family this holiday season! Read more here about the card’s inspiration and find a list of stores and congregations selling the Honor Card. As […]

Thank you, Lincoln Financial!

Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) reduce food insecurity and increase the number of households moving back into permanent housing. The foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to GUM to support the Beyond GUM and Food Distribution programs. Beyond GUM provides client-centered case management and financial assistance to individuals and families moving back into […]

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 […]

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 […]