CROSS Ministry Partners

Please note that we are always in the process of developing relationships with other ministry partners and so your group may have the opportunity to serve at ministry sites not listed below.

ArtWorks 945 – Urban Ministry Center The ArtWorks 945 program is built on a belief that the transformative power of art can be a vehicle for engaging and moving our homeless neighbors towards attaining permanent housing. The program seeks to restore voices and vitality to those who have so often been silenced and stifled. ArtWorks 945 operates a functioning gallery and studio space where neighbors and volunteers participate in 150 classes a year. These classes teach life skills through painting, drawing, print making, photography, crafts and creative writing. CROSS groups will participate in an art class along with the neighbors in the studio space.

Baby Bundles – Baby Bundles seeks to present new and gently used clothing and other baby essentials to underprivileged newborns in the Charlotte area. Baby Bundles will partner with community agencies and local hospitals to identify families in financial need who will receive a bundle of newborn clothing, a book and a toy. CROSS groups will sort baby items in the warehouse and prepare bundles for distribution.

Beds for Kids – A ministry to provide a bed and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte. CROSS groups will assist in the warehouse, sorting, cleaning and perhaps painting items.

Charlotte Family Housing – The only family shelter in Charlotte where men, women and children can all stay together. CROSS groups help with maintenance to the facility/grounds such as lawn mowing, shampooing carpets, etc.

Charlotte Rescue Mission – A free substance recovery program for primarily low-income or homeless men. The 90 day residential program houses 120 men in their facility in uptown Charlotte. CROSS groups will prepare, serve and eat lunch with clients and often play volleyball with the men after the meal. Groups do not need to pack a lunch this day.

Changed Choices – As followers of Christ, Change Choice’s aim is to provide mental, emotional, physical and spiritual assistance to highly motivated women both during their incarceration and as they transition back into society, thus enabling them to make positive changes in their lives and to achieve self-sufficiency. CROSS groups will help with yard work and general maintenance around the home as well as write letters and create cards for women who are currently incarcerated.

Crisis Assistance Free Store Ministry – A wide-reaching ministry that provides rent assistance, medical aid and referrals, free furniture and clothing. CROSS groups help with sorting, folding, and hanging clothes for the store that is free for Crisis’ clients.

Florence Crittenden Services – Florence Crittenden Services of Charlotte, NC promotes Health and Hope for Tomorrow’s Children by providing comprehensive health, educational and social services for single pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents, women and their families. CROSS groups will work on the property and the donation room providing needed assistance to the residents and staff.

Friendship Trays Prepares and delivers food to impoverished and shut-in community members. CROSS groups prepare 750 hot/cold meals and if needed deliver a route of food.

Haven at Highland Creek – The Havens is an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia clients. CROSS groups play bingo, do crafts, read to individuals, sing, and play musical instruments (if gifted in this area).

Hope Haven Inc. – Hope Haven, a foundation of recovery, provides life skills for chemically dependent adults and families within a supportive residential environment leading to independence. CROSS groups will maintain the community garden as well as other property needs. Make sure everyone brings a set of work gloves for this day.

Hospitality House of Charlotte – A non-profit service that enables families to stay close to their loved ones in the hospital without the emotional or financial stress of finding suitable lodging or making long communities. They provide a comfortable bed, hot meals, and a quiet place to relax. CROSS groups assist in maintenance to facility/grounds.

Lifespan Enrichment Center – Lifespan is an adult daycare for mentally disabled seniors and adults. CROSS groups spend time with residents through crafts, singing, music, and dancing. At the location on Kalynne Avenue groups may also help with gardening and painting.

Little Sugar Creek Community Garden – The mission of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Community Garden (LSCG) is to bring the residents of Mecklenburg County together to experience fun and fellowship while learning eco-friendly gardening methods and techniques. CROSS groups will assist in maintaining gardens through weeding, mulching, and harvesting.

Loaves and Fishes – A local food warehouse that collects, sorts, and stores food supplies for 15 local pantries. The pantries provide a full week of food for families in need. CROSS groups sort and organize food in the warehouse in order to be sent out to the pantries in Charlotte.

MedAssist A non-profit pharmacy program providing access to lifesaving prescription medications, client support, advocacy, and other services to poor, vulnerable, and uninsured North Carolina residents. Groups will spend time sorting medications within their downtown location.

The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte – The Uptown Shelter provides safe shelter, meets basic needs, and provides access to transitional services for homeless men in the greater Charlotte area. Their goal is to help homeless men return to self-sufficiency. CROSS groups will prepare and serve an afternoon dessert and then play board games and cards in the dining hall to those interested.

Moore Place, Urban Ministry Center – A Housing First community that recognizes a fundamental right to housing, no matter what a person’s mental health condition or physical disability or addiction may be. The idea is get people into housing first, and then work on the issues that need attention in order to help the person stay housed. Moore Place opened in spring 2011 and serves 85 formerly homeless individuals. Groups will share a social time that may include playing board games or doing arts and crafts or groups may spend time with residents exercising and walking around the neighbourhood on a “CROSS Walk”.

Project 658 – Project 658 is a Christ-centered ministry providing services for at-risk families in Charlotte, moving them toward sustainability, with a key focus on the international and refugee communities. CROSS groups will play games and eat lunch with children in the summer camp program.

QC Family Tree – QC Family Tree works to embody an alternative: a way of life that is centered, whole, and founded on love. This New Monastic community seeks to be kinfolk rooted in discipleship in West Charlotte. CROSS groups will clean, work in the yard, and help maintain the community garden while learning about a new way of life in an urban environment.

RunningWorks-Urban Ministry Center – RunningWorks is a non-profit running program out of the Urban Ministry Center founded to encourage the homeless community to rediscover the power of teamwork, discipline, confidence, and respect for each other one stride at a time. Groups will meet at the Urban Ministry Center to run a 5k loop around Charlotte with neighbors and then discuss and debrief their experience and learning as an entire running team following the run.

Samaritan’s Feet – Samaritan’s Feet shares hope with children in the U.S. and around the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them believe that their dreams can come true. Samaritan’s Feet believe that a new pair of shoes can be a tangible foundation of hope to a person in need. Groups will be spending time with in the warehouse cleaning\preparing shoes for shipment.

Samaritan House – Samaritan House provides recuperative care to the homeless when they are discharged from the hospital. They provide an alternative “haven” when the other choices are to turn these individuals back to the streets, woods, or to the highway underpass. CROSS groups will provide assistance to residents by playing bingo and baking cookies and spending quality time with the residents.

Second Harvest Food Bank – Charlotte’s largest regional food bank affiliated with a nationwide program. Second Harvest serves 16 counties out of its facility. CROSS groups sort salvaged food from grocery stores and other donations.

Time Out Youth Center – Offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 11-20. CROSS groups will participate in a speakers’ bureau and conversation with youth who attend Time Out Youth programs.

Urban Ministry Center – The ministry provides a wealth of resources to people who are experiencing homelessness in Charlotte. The soup kitchen is open 365 days a year. The day shelter also provides showers, laundry, mail, phone, message board, counseling, job advice, art and literacy programs, support groups, NA meetings, etc. CROSS groups will participate in the “Walk in my Shoes” educational simulation program.

Urban Walk Groups participating will use the Charlotte public transportation system to travel from the Outreach Center to Uptown Charlotte to step into the shoes of how people experiencing homelessness may navigate the city in order to find basic resources through some of Charlotte’s non-profit support systems. Many groups will visit Crisis Assistance, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Urban Ministry Center, the public library, among other locations.

YWCA Summer Camp – A summer camp for middle to low children in various areas of Charlotte. CROSS groups will interact with children and help camp counselors with activities, games, and snacks.

24-7 Prayer Room – 24-7 is a fueling station for the city’s spiritually hungry, serves as a resource for churches, and seeks to support fragile inner-city neighborhoods. They use creative & culturally relevant means to instigate movements of prayer, mission, & justice. 24-7 also serves the city’s poor & exploited while apprenticing individuals & organizations in lifestyles integrating social justice among the most marginalized & needy.

100 Gardens- Provides exciting and engaged learning opportunities about sustainability by implementing aquaponics programs in schools, institutions and in communities of need. Aquaponics is the integration of Aquaculture (fish farming) and Hydroponics (soilless plant production). This method produces fish and plants, recycles water, and serves as a hands-on teaching tool.


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July 25, 2016