Neighbor to Neighbor


(35.252712,-80.82777)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

2435 Lucena StCharlotte, NC 28206


About

Our Mission

The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time.

Our Outcomes

Health

Increase access to mental and physical health care and reduce substance abuse

Housing

Increase access to and retention of housing with support

Income

Increase access to income

Community Engagement

Increase community engagement around issues of homelessness

The Urban Ministry Center is looking for passionate, empathetic individuals to join our HousingWorks volunteer family as a Neighbor to Neighbor volunteer. Volunteers are matched one-on-one with a HousingWorks resident with similar hobbies and interests. The HousingWorks approach is simple: give individuals what they need most - a safe, stable, affordable home - and then provide the wrap-around support to help them remain housed and foster lives of wellness and dignity. Volunteering with HousingWorks allows you to give back to the community, help those most in need, and transform your life.

Neighbor to Neighbor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a resident through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Share and learn new talents and skills
  • Encourage positive self-esteem and self-sufficiency
  • Set personal goals together and support each other to achieve those goals
  • Participate in community volunteer opportunities together

Time Commitment

  • Six months to one year
  • We encourage participants to meet at a minimum of once a month.
  • Maintain weekly communication with your match (and Social Worker as needed)
  • Attend an initial one hour program orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator and an additional one hour orientation with your match and their Social Worker
  • Attend optional training courses with our partner organizations (free of charge) with opportunities to earn certifications

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be interested in working with formerly chronically homeless individuals
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments you and your match have agreed to
  • Attend additional training opportunities as needed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff
  • Have your own vehicle or be willing to use public transportation if going offsite

Application and Matching Process

  • Submit online application
  • Fill out a hobbies/interests questionnaire
  • Fill out an availability time sheet
  • Provide a copy of your driver's license
  • Attend two one hour orientations

Desirable Qualities

  • Active and reflective listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Open-minded and tolerant of socio-cultural differences

Benefits

  • Decreases social isolation and form a friendship
  • Gain a better understanding of Charlotte's homelessness crisis
  • Certification opportunities
  • Ongoing support by staff
  • Become an advocate for affordable, permanent supportive housing

Currently our residents are interested in:

  • Crocheting
  • Game shows/board games
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Poetry
  • Fishing
  • Wellness
  • Bowling
  • Politics
  • GED prep

How Do I Get Involved?

Visit our HousingWorks page to learn more
http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/helping-the-homeless/ways-we-help/housing-for-homeless/

You may also fill out an individual application form
https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=621968135


The HousingWorks approach is simple: give individuals what they need most - a safe, stable, affordable home - and then provide the wrap-around support to help them remain housed and foster lives of wellness and dignity.

Skills

  • Mentoring
  • Elder care
  • People Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Mental Health
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

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