Greensboro Urban Ministry remains open and is continuing to serve the increasing needs of our homeless and low-income neighbors of Guilford County while maintaining strict protocols to protect guests, volunteers and staff from Covid-19 and other illnesses. We continue to provide overnight shelter, meals, and groceries for families and a variety of emergency services while taking proactive measures to implement appropriate responses.
“Our staff, volunteers and guests are all pulling together to adjust to the changing landscape,” said Greensboro Urban Ministry Executive Director Myron Wilkins. “Our commitment to our community is to continue to serve our neighbors in need in a safe and sanitary environment.”
The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and visitors are our utmost priority. We have been taking steps recommended by the CDC and Department of Public Health. Additional cleaning measures have been implemented to disinfect all surfaces throughout our facilities. The number of hand sanitization stations have been increased with signage stressing the importance of preventing the possible spread of the virus.
We are making modifications to our programs to minimize gatherings and reduce face to face interactions. To limit the number of individuals in our dining room, we have started serving bagged meals for breakfast and lunch. Staff are monitoring the health of shelter guests and asking all residents to self-report if they have experienced any symptoms of the Coronavirus.
Our work would not be possible without our many loyal volunteers. Our need for volunteers will increase as some of our volunteers are older adults who need to limit their possible exposure to the public. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Services Director Gail Gore-Lewis at 336-553-2642.
With the cancellation of several fundraising events which support our programs, we need financial contributions to help meet the increased needs at this critical time. You can make a secure online donation at our website www.greensborourbanministry.org or by contacting our Development Director Chip Berry at 336-553-2656.
About Greensboro Urban Ministry:
Greensboro Urban Ministry’s mission is to express the love of God to people in need through practical action. We accomplish this work through several essential programs:
- Emergency Assistance: rent, utility and food assistance
- Weaver House: Shelter for 86 men and 14 women; Weaver House Extension (WE) sites: additional winter shelter beds provided through partnerships with local congregations
- Pathways Center: Shelter for 16 families in studio apartments
- Food Distribution: Food Pantry and Potter’s House Community Kitchen (open community lunch daily; breakfast and dinner provided for Weaver House shelter guests)
- Partnership Village: transitional housing community for formerly homeless men, women and families; GUM provides rental subsidies for each unit, case management for residents, referrals for employment and housing services, and the Future Bound program for children
- Care and support: Active Case Management program as well as Chaplaincy/Stephen Ministry