Advent Lutheran Church

Love God, Serve Neighbor

Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center has partnered with congregations of faith to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte.
Approximately 100 congregations and colleges participate in the program, with 10 - 15 sites being open each night from December through March.

Advent, partnering with neighboring churches, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and University Hills Baptist, recently celebrated our 10th year of participation in this ministry.

In the 2010-11 winter season, we provided food and shelter for 14 guests on a total of 17 nights. That is a total of 238 beds. Add to that the two additional days during January's snow and ice storm when we hosted 20 men for more than two days. Total volunteer hours for this season exceeded 1000 hours. Multiply that number by 10 years.....
This season we saw fewer children than in previous years and we helped several people with very significant medical issues. In spite of various transportation problems, including the ongoing ailments of University Hills' aging van, we were able to pick up and deliver neighbors each Monday night and Tuesday morning. (But we REALLY look forward to adding another church, with a van, into our partnership!)

Overall, it was another very successful season and we all look forward to beginning the 2011 - 12 season in December. Signups for volunteers will begin in October, right after the Greater Charlotte Crop Walk is over.

In the meantime, social ministry is exploring other ways to be involved with our homeless neighbors the remaining eight months of the year.