Marcia Jackson Ministry
Honoring the memory of Marcia Jackson, SMPC members collect empty medicine bottles and fill them with body wash and laundry detergent.
The filled and labeled bottles are donated to Men's Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center. Both organizations give the small containers to the people they serve.
About the Urban Ministry Center:
The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to serving the community’s 7000 homeless and ending homelessness. UMC does this by mobilizing people in the community, building relationships, and providing compassionate, empowering ministries. UMC provides the following services and programs, which help homeless people to meet their basic daily needs while working on long-term lasting solutions to their homelessness:
• Charlotte's largest daily soup kitchen (served 98,000 meals last year)
• Restrooms, showers, laundry, lockers, mail service, fax and phones
• Individual counseling for employment, gaining state-issued ID, food referrals and much more
• Room in the Inn emergency winter shelter (December - March, provided 18,184 beds last year)
• Onsite representatives from Veterans Administration, Department of Social Services, Mecklenburg County Housing and Health departments
• Medical and dental services; prescription co-pays
• Transportation to jobs, medical appointments, Social Security, DMV, etc
• SABER drug treatment program (includes housing and job training)
• Innovative outreach through soccer, gardening, art, choir and advocacy programs
• Permanent supportive housing through Homeless to Homes scattered-site supportive housing and through Moore Place, an 85-unit development for chronically homeless people to open in late 2011.
• "Bridges Out of Poverty" educational community seminars
Volunteers play a critical role at UMC by providing valuable services while engaging with homeless people and coming to deeper understanding of the issue. For more information, please visit www.urbanministrycenter.org
The Marcia Jackson Ministry at work: