Our History

Greensboro Urban Ministry has been a vital part of the community for over fifty years. We were founded in 1967 by a number of local churches in the city.

They wanted to demonstrate Christ’s love to people who were impoverished and homeless by providing them with emergency assistance of food, shelter, and clothing.

Through the years, our purpose has remained the same:  demonstrate God’s love to our neighbors in need by offering services that effectively meet their immediate needs and identify solutions that promote their long term stability.

Downtown congregations form the organization and the Emergency Assistance Program is launched. The ministry operates out of Grace United Methodist Church at 1007 West Market Street.

The building at 407 N. Eugene is purchased and the GUM offices move there. This would be home for the next 17 years. Discussion of a Pastoral Care & Counseling Program begins and is developed and launched within two years.

90 congregations now support Greensboro Urban Ministry.  Pathways center opens at the old YWCA on Lee Street to provide temporary housing to people while seeking permanent lodging.

Project Independence is helping move families from welfare to independence.  The Night Shelter and Food Bank move into a former grocery store donated by Mr. & Mrs. Herman Weaver on Martin Luther King Drive. Rev. Mike Aiken becomes the fourth director of GUM.

A new building is identified due to rapid growth. Plans are made to build a new facility at 305 West Lee Street. A capital campaign is launched to fund construction and 3.6 million dollars is raised. Construction will start within a year and most of the programs will be housed in the new location.

Partnership Village, a transitional housing community of  68 apartments, begins construction.  Construction also begins on a new Pathways Center. The Greensboro CROP Walk celebrates 20th anniversary.

GUM implements new programs that focus on supporting the clients of GUM as they work on goals that increase their stability and reduce episodes of crisis. This program grows from this year forward and today, case management services are offered to anyone who comes to GUM seeking assistance.

After serving as the Executive Director for 30 years, Rev. Mike Aiken retires.  Rev. Myron Wilkins is hired as the new Executive Director of Greensboro Urban Ministry.