United Community Ministries is a non-profit organization composed of local religious, governmental and private supporters who are committed to addressing the needs of the homeless and nearly homeless populations in Nash and Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina. United Community Ministries, located in Rocky Mount, N.C., provides the only emergency and transitional shelter for the general homeless population in the Rocky Mount area. Founded in 1977 as an outreach ministry, and incorporated as a community based non-profit organization in 1987, United Community Ministries, in the past 38 years, has served more than 1,000,000 hot meals and given shelter to more than 11,000 individuals and families. In addition to providing food and financial assistance to more than 18,000 households.
The Community Shelter, located at 341 McDonald Street, in Rocky Mount, NC provides services to homeless and food insecure individuals. The shelter provides assessment, referrals, counseling and employment assistance to over 400 individuals in 2013-2014, and the adjoining Community Kitchen and Pantry provided nearly 34,000 meals and 500 food baskets to over 300 families in 2013 – 2014, in addition to serving as a storage and distribution point for bulk quantities of food shared with other community agencies. In addition, over 1000 pieces of clothing were distributed out of the clothing closet.
The Bassett Center, located at 916 Branch Street, in Rocky Mount, NC provided outreach services for over 100 homeless and nearly homeless families and children in 2013. Over 1000 people utilized the Bassett Center facilities including but not limited to our Computer Lab, Playroom/Library, Chapel, and Meeting Room. Over 30,000 meals were served to Bassett Center residents, and 100% of Bassett Center residents received intensive case management.
The Permanent Housing Program (PHP) is a one year commitment to living in an apartment with a roommate and working one’s way to self-sufficiency. Adults have to be chronically homeless or disabled to qualify. A person is considered chronically homeless when he/she has experienced at least two episodes of homelessness in the past year of at least 30 days duration each. A person is considered permanently disabled if he/she is receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration. Since program inception, nearly 100 Community Shelter residents have transitioned into UCM’s Permanent Housing Program, of which 85% remain permanently housed today.
CHRIST CENTERED ASSISTANCE NETWORK (CCAN) is UCM’s faith-based ministry offering hope and encouragement for those in crisis.
The program provides various types of assistance with services such as rent, utilities, medication, travel and other crisis situations. In 2013- 2014, CCAN served over 500 households, providing over $32,0000 in assistance.
UCM’s Rapid Re-Housing is a successful community strategy for ending homelessness. The intent is to minimize the length of time an individual or family remains in the limbo of homelessness and to help the household quickly re-establish stability. In the safety and predictability of permanent housing, they are encouraged to choose how, when and where they will address other life problems or goals using mainstream resources. Rapid Re-Housing resolves the crisis of homelessness; the rest is up to the individual or family—and their community support systems. Rapid Re-Housing can provide financial assistance in the form of security/utility deposits, rent/utility payments, rent/utility arrears, and application fees. All assistance is based on individual assessment and case plan. Rapid Re-Housing also provides housing stabalization case management to resolve issues that are barriers to achieving housing stability. in 2013-2014 Rapid Re-Housing provided nearly $40,000 in financial assistance to qualifying adults, children and families.