“People of Faith Working Together to Meet Human Needs”
2013 State of the Ministry Report
Working in collaboration with Partners Ending Homelessness and other Guilford County agencies, Greensboro Urban Ministry made significant progress last year in implementing strategies to reduce and end homelessness and hunger in our community. By taking steps to prevent homelessness, divert people away from shelters to housing, and rapidly rehouse those who found themselves in our shelters, the number of homeless in our community has decreased, as evidenced by the point-in-time count of the homeless in Guilford County.
This progress was made in the face of many preventable obstacles caused by government decisions. Although the government’s funding decisions have little impact on Greensboro Urban Ministry’s budget, with just over $200,000 of the $4.2 million annual budget coming from government sources, government decisions greatly affect the people we serve. Continued and additional computer glitches with the food stamp program caused our emergency food orders to double. The decision of the state to not extend unemployment benefits on July 1 significantly increased the number of families seeking assistance from our Emergency Assistance Program to help with their rent and utilities in order to avoid homelessness.The state’s decision not to accept federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid forced the HealthServe Medical Clinic to close, leaving many of its patients unable to obtain essential medications without financial and food assistance from GUM. Thankfully, the clinic received approval to become a federally qualified community health clinic and will reopen in early 2014 as Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine-Family Medicine at Eugene.
Despite these hurdles, as well as some unforeseen but significant building repairs, Greensboro Urban Ministry was able to remain a source of hope and support for those struggling with crisis. The generous contributions of time and financial resources from the Greensboro community made that possible. At the beginning of 2013, we called for a “Revival of Compassion” to meet the needs of those in crisis and help them return to stability. By serving meals, donating to food drives, donating financially, and sharing with others the importance of our work, you have helped that revival begin! Still, while one in four children in our area remains hungry, our work is not complete. We welcome you to join us in 2014 to continue the “Revival.”
God bless you!
Rev. Mike Aiken, Executive Director
Fritz Kreimer, Chairperson of the Board