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Urban Ministries of Wake County Commemorates 40th Anniversary

March 2021 – 2021 marks the 40th year of service to our community for Urban Ministries of Wake County. Our first building, The Urban Ministry Center, was dedicated on March 22, 1981. We started out as a small organization, staffed by volunteers from twelve congregations in Raleigh.

UMWC Takes Over Operations for White Flag Shelter

December 2020 – Urban Ministries of Wake County is partnering with Wake County Government to operate a White Flag Emergency Shelter for those experiencing homelessness during the winter months.
White Flag is called when the temperature or wind chill is expected to be 35 degrees or colder. COVID19 restrictions at all local shelters in our area have them running at capacity and prohibit them from adding additional beds on “white flag” nights as they normally would. These emergency white flag beds
will be available now through March 30 when the weather should warm.

Urban Ministries of Wake County Unveils New Look

July 2020 – We are delighted and proud to unveil a new look for Urban Ministries of Wake County. The new logo combines an open hand with an open heart to convey the ideas of guidance and support. We are a welcoming partner, inviting clients into an accepting, non-judgmental place

New Helen Wright Center for Women Opens

June 2020 – A virtual ribbon cutting was held as Urban Ministries of Wake County announced the opening of the new Helen Wright Center for Women. With a 73-bed capacity, this is the county’s largest shelter for adult, single women experiencing homelessness.

Urban Ministries of Wake County Receives $200 from American Trucks’ Positive Payload Program

Urban Ministries of Wake County will receive a $200 donation from the AmericanTrucks Positive Payload Program. We will be entered into a drawing for a one-time grant award of $2000 that would be used toward a new truck for our food pantry. Thank you American Trucks!

Stone Soup Supper 2019
Raleigh, NC – If you are a fan of good food giving back to your community, read about one of the Triangle’s most popular fundraisers, benefiting Urban Ministries of Wake County. Stone Soup Supper, presented by Bank of America, featured 15 local restaurants and celebrity judges Ira David Wood III, Spectrum News Chief Meteorologist Gary Stephenson and Reverend Nancy Petty. This event took place on November 14, 2019.

Cluckin’ For A Cause: Tour D’Coop 2019
Tour D’Coop is the largest chicken coop tour on the east coast. The self-guided tour showcasing hen coops, beehives and urban gardens around Wake County draw thousands of visitors each year. Tour D’Coop was held on June 1, 2019.

Urban Ministries to Dedicate Clinic in Physician’s Honor
Dr. Greenberg worked as the Medical Director of Urban Ministries’ Open Door Clinic for 11 years, volunteering years before his employment. The physician’s contagious joy for volunteering helped to recruit many physicians currently volunteering within the clinic.

Urban Ministries Opens Services to Furloughed Employees
Urban Ministries of Wake County’s Hunger and Nutrition Program will open its services to furloughed government employees. Furloughed employees can receive a week’s worth of groceries from the agency’s food pantry.

Stone Soup Supper Raises More Than $92,000: Tonbo Ramen and Whiskey Kitchen Crowned Soup-erior Chefs
Urban Ministries of Wake County raised more than $92,000 at last Tuesday’s Stone Soup Supper fundraiser. Approximately 800 guests were in attendance at NCSU’s McKimmon Center.

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November 2019 Walter Magazine “Give Local”: 25 Big-Impact Organizations in the Raleigh area worth your money, time and more

November 2019 iHeartMedia |“Around the Triangle” / Stone Soup Supper

Tour D’Coop Preview | May 2019 ABC 11 – Dozens of chicken owners open doors for visitors for Tour D’ Coop to benefit Urban Ministries

Urban Nesting: Tour D’Coop Benefiting Urban Ministries | May 2019 Midtown Magazine-This annual event—the largest chicken coop tour on the East Coast—began in 2005 when a group of neighbors from the Five Points area came together to share stories about their chickens and coops.

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