United Ministries serves and empowers those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency.
What do you do?
We unite the people and resources necessary to transform the lives of those in Greenville who are striving to achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency. We provide compassionate care for those who are in crisis now but go further by offering opportunities for our participants to succeed…because it is our vision that everyone has the ability to thrive in Greenville.
How do you accomplish your mission?
Through three key focus areas:
- Education and Employment – Our Adult Education program helps individuals prepare for the GED Exam with caring one-on-one tutors and a self-paced curriculum. Our Employment Readiness program helps people to find and keep quality employment by providing soft skills and technical job training; assistance with earning certifications; and help with resume writing, interview skills, the job search and removing barriers to employability.
- Crisis Assistance – We offer financial assistance with rent, utilities, food and life-sustaining medications. Families receiving assistance meet with volunteers to discuss their needs and identify solutions.
- Homeless Services – In addition to providing basic services such as showers and laundry, the Place of Hope day shelter provides case management through which the root causes of homelessness are addressed. Our Interfaith Hospitality Network partners with congregations to offer temporary housing and meals for homeless families with children while working with participants to achieve a long term solution to their homelessness.
How many people does United Ministries serve each year?
In 2015 over 6,000 clients benefited from our important work. We prepared nearly 900 students for the GED and assisted participants with acquiring almost 300 new jobs. Over 2,500 families were stabilized with food and over 1,100 received financial assistance with rent or utilities. Our Place of Hope provided almost 5,000 showers. They also helped find homes for 26 formerly homeless people and conducted numerous case management sessions to assist homeless individuals work towards long-term solutions and a path out of poverty.
Is United Ministries state funded?
No. United Ministries does not receive funds through the state of South Carolina. We depend on the support of generous community members, corporations and congregations as well as the United Way, foundation grants and fundraising events and activities to fund our valuable programs.
Why should I feel good about giving to United Ministries?
In addition to transforming the lives of those we serve, our work also results in a significant return for the community through reduced use of public benefits, reduced unemployment, and increased participation in the community’s life and economy. We are also proud to have recently received the highest possible four-star rating from Charity Navigator (CN). This exceptional rating is awarded to organizations that CN deems to be financially healthy, accountable, and transparent based on their extensive rating system.
What does your new logo mean?
The icon represents our three focus areas of Education and Employment, Crisis Assistance and Homeless Services. The integrated and relationship-oriented nature of these services and our role as a catalyst to help people move forward are vividly depicted in our new brand, introduced in September 2016. The connectedness of the logo’s elements conveys how as a leading Greenville nonprofit we unite people, resources and organizations to affect positive change in the lives of others. It also symbolizes how our programs feed into each other, forming a seamless connection through which participants can conveniently access United Ministries’ many essential services.
Our tagline, “Transforming Lives Together,” emphasizes that we cannot make changes for our clients, and perhaps they alone cannot achieve their goals, but that working together, their lives can be transformed.
I was familiar with GAIHN (Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network). Is that now a part of United Ministries?
Yes. In July 2016, United Ministries and GAIHN joined together by merging into one organization, creating greater capacity to serve those striving to achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency.
Do you offer tours of your facility?
Yes! We believe the best way to understand our work at United Ministries is to see it for yourself. We invite you to tour our agency to learn more about our programs, meet some very dedicated staff members and volunteers and learn about the needs of our program participants.
How did United Ministries begin?
In 1970, the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church founded Greenville Urban Ministry (GUM) to coordinate existing inner-city ministries and assist unemployed church members in Greenville’s mill villages. In 1982, our name was changed to United Ministries (UM) to better convey the organization’s ecumenism. Although the organization had previously operated in several locations, in 1984 it settled at Pendleton Street in Greenville’s West End where we continue to serve participants today.
How can I donate to United Ministries?
All gifts are welcome and each is important! We receive donations through several avenues:
- Online at www.united-ministries.org/donate
- By phone at 864.335.2614
- Make checks payable to United Ministries and mail to:
- ATTN: Development 606 Pendleton Street Greenville, SC 29601
- Drop off non-perishable food items for our pantry to 606 Pendleton St., Greenville, SC 29601. Visit our website for a list of items that we place in all food bags provided to our clients.
How can I get more information?
Community support is vital to our work. If you want to help us ensure that all families have the opportunity to participate in Greenville’s prosperity, we invite you to invest in our work by giving or consider becoming a volunteer. For more information visit www.united-ministries.org or contact us at 864-232-6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.