Here at Fayetteville Urban Ministry our focus is transforming lives through FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, and SECURITY. The Find-A-Friend youth program strives to spark FAITH in youth for a brighter tomorrow.The Adult Literacy Program establishes HOPE for a better future through the gift of reading, education, and job preparation.The Emergency Assistance program seeks to LOVE on our neighbors by meeting their basic needs for food, clothing, and crisis support. Finally, The Nehemiah Project builds SECURITY in our community by providing free home repairs to low-income homeowners.
Fayetteville Urban Ministry was organized in 1974 at Hay Street Methodist Church as a project of the local United Methodist District. It began with funds totaling $10,488. The initial ministry was to provide emergency assistance to people in need of food, clothing and other resources. In 1976, an adult literacy program was added.
In the beginning, Urban Ministry was open to the public for a limited number of hours each week. In 1979, when the director trained some volunteers to be office managers, the decision was made to open full time Monday-Friday, on a trial basis. After a short period, the decision was made to make the arrangement permanent, and a community garden coordinator and literacy coordinator were brought on staff. The same year, summer day camp was begun for deprived children. Donations were then solicited for scholarships to Camp Rockfish for three weeks for three groups of children.
In 1980, the Board of Directors decided it was the right time to seek support from all local churches, and voted to become an ecumenical, interfaith agency. Support came slowly but surely from all major denominations, and the number of churches supporting us grew. In going forward and growing FUM needed more funds to operate so grants were applied from the state and federal levels that transitioned the organization into a community assisting and outreach program.
It became evident in 1982 that Urban Ministry needed more room to expand. The Find-A-Friend program had just been launched, which meant that there were more staff members and a large number of volunteers, as well as people who needed all our services. A building at 330 Worth Street Fayetteville, NC was purchased. The very next year, our firewood program began since we had room to collect and cut wood. The building served us well until 1987, then we felt cramped again. An addition was built for EA and some partitioning was done to take care of office space needs.
Due to the growth of the staff, the increased services in each program and the increase in clients served in EA, planning for a new building became crucial in 1995. Property for the new site was purchased at the end of that year. Meetings with staff, board members, architects and builders dominated 1996. By spring of 1997, the lot had been cleared, graded and final changes made for inside and outside the building. The building was ordered. In spring 1998 all programs moved in the new facility at 701 Whitfield Street Fayetteville, NC 28302. Fayetteville Unban Ministry Inc. serves as parent organization to Emergency Assistance (EA), Adult Literacy Program (ALP), Find-A-Friend (FAF), & Nehemiah Project. Fayetteville Urban Ministry operates on an annual budget over $900,000 dollars presently. The growth has allowed the staff to grow to 15 fulltime employees who contribute to impacting several thousands of lives in servicing the community.
can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have
to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make
your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to
know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
Luther King, Jr.
Our Volunteer Board of Directors
person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world."