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Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
The Urban Ministry Center opened its doors in December 1994 as a partnership of uptown congregations and businesses to address the needs of the poor and homeless with compassion and tangible help. Founding partners include: Bank of America, First Union, Duke Power, Bell South, TransAmerica, Knight Foundation, Mecklenburg County and Uptown Development Corporation, St. Peter’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian. Our original home was in the old train station building on North Tryon St. The Soup Kitchen founded by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1979 relocated to this building. In 2006, we expanded services and moved into our new building, located directly across from the old train station.
- Respect: We believe each life has dignity. We are all God’s children.
- Compassion: We show our compassion in our ministries of presence.
- Personal attention: We treat people as individuals with unique concerns.
- Empowerment: We assist our neighbors so they can move toward self-sufficiency.
- Hope: We believe that God doesn’t give up on us and we don’t give up on one another.
- Community: Our programs are designed to engage people and build trusting relationships.
- We understand that rich and poor have much to share with each other.
School of Rock Charlotte
For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Founded as a single school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1998, School of Rock has become a growing international franchise, operating 69 schools in the US and Mexico.
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
To date the students of School of Rock have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB’s, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square. They have also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.
Dead End Parking
Dead End Parking is a funk-fusion-jam quartet based out of Charlotte, NC. Their songs are eclectic and span several genres, but the foundation of this band is groove.
The rhythm section of Micah Davidson on bass and Daniel Flynn on drums ensures the groove is felt by everyone with a ticket stub.
Striving to keep every show different, Dead End Parking thrives on musical risk-taking, and looks forward to the unknown on stage. Tony Eltora’s guitar playing transitions seamlessly from melodic-jazz to good ole’ fashioned rock & roll right before your ears, while Nathan Carter adds to the sonic experience with vintage, and synthesized keyboard sounds.
North Carolina is home for this band, as they’ve played from the Smokey’s to the Atlantic, and several cities in between. A little over two years old, Dead End Parking continues to grow musically and professionally, and as always, is committed to the groove.
Little District formed in Charlotte in 2007. They write good old-fashioned Americana, blending country twang, folk style-storytelling and rock and roll attitude.
Lead singer-songwriter Eric Lockwood leads his group of friends as they blend electric rock and roll, folk-style storytelling and good old country twang.
A unique, dynamic, and in your face (but respectful of your boundaries) rock quartet from Lenoir, NC. Yaddatu will capture your heart, melt your face and occasionally creep you out.
Yaddatu is the culmination of acoustic rhythms, electric themes, soulful grooves and a pounding pulse. Stylistically each member brings something different to the table, forming a musical concoction unlike any other. Their unique rhythms and unconventional melodies combine to excite and intrigue, all while creating a sense of familiarity.
Reeve Marie Coobs was born on September 10, 1983 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her father Jack was a luthier, which helped create a guitar-rich environment in which young Reeve began to thrive musically. Her mother Caydea shared her love of diverse music by introducing Reeve to Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan. They both turned her onto The Beatles and other classic groups at a very young age. They even brought her to see one of her favorite acts, Peter, Paul & Mary when she was around 6. She started singing around the age of three and performing on stage a few years later. Her first instrument was piano, and she began taking lessons at age 8. Her interest in songwriting was inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel. Reeve wrote her first song at age 16 after her father built her a guitar.
Reeve has opened for David Bromberg, Tyler Hilton, Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Mallonee, Lucy Kaplansky, Bess Rogers, Catherine Feeny, Lelia Broussard, Devon Sproule, Anais Mitchell, and many other notable artists. After the rain forced the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 race to postpone Reeve was asked to fill in and sing The National Anthem. ”That day was the most terrifying and amazing days of my life. Singing in front of 167,000 people almost made me not do it, but I’m so glad I did because hearing and feeling 167,000 people applaud after you sing is something that I will never forget.”
and more to come!
Poverty Is Real (PIR) is proud to announce its upcoming Charlotte concert event, Beatles vs. Stones — a battle of the bands featuring eight acts performing music by the two greatest rock bands of all time — on Saturday, April 19 at The Double Door Inn, with doors opening at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Urban Ministry Center.
The evening will feature eight bands performing four songs each, covering their favorite works by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Bands currently signed on to play include School of Rock Charlotte, Reeve Coobs, Dead End Parking, Little District, Yaddatu, and Toleman Randall.
Spencer Smith, Executive Director of PIR, says the event’s beneficiary, the Urban Ministry Center, was identified as a key player in the fight against poverty within the Charlotte community. “They are the perfect example of an organization effectively fight poverty on the local level,” said Smith. “We’re thrilled to be supporting such an amazing organization.”
The Urban Ministry Center is a local, interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. The Center serves 500 to 600 homeless individuals in the Charlotte area each day, and provides services including basic aid, permanent supportive housing, temporary shelter, enrichment programs, substance abuse treatment, and community education. For more information, visit urbanministrycenter.org.
Poverty Is Real recently teamed up with Little Shop of Stories and Travis Grubb Properties/Keller Knapp Realty to present the Decatur debut of Wildwood Imperium, the third installation in the Wildwood Chronicles by lead singer of the Decemberists, Colin Meloy and acclaimed illustrator, Carson Ellis. The event featured two readings, one at the Kindezi School, a West End school dedicated to class sizes no larger than 8 per teacher, and one at Kavarna Coffee in Decatur.
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis have gained a considerable following in the Decatur community, most notably as the featured keynote speakers at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
Tickets for the event quickly sold out, allowing Poverty Is Real to donate more than 90 copies of Wildwood Imperium to students of the Kindezi School at an exclusive reading and book signing on February 7. In addition, the event raised $1,500 for the Decatur Education Foundation’s Project Bookshelf. Said Gail Rothman, director of DEF:
We loved working with Poverty is Real on the recent author event with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. It was a fun, well-organized event that gave us great exposure in our community and raised $1,500 to support Project Bookshelf!
Project Bookshelf is a partnership between Renfroe Middle School and The Decatur Education Foundation based on the idea that all kids deserve great books!
Project Bookshelf helps economically challenged students continue to grow as readers even when they’re not at school by providing funds for them to purchase books before each of the breaks from school. By the end of each year, participants have not only grown as readers but their growth has often outstripped that of their wealthier peers. And the best part is they experience the pride that comes from book ownership and participation in the culture of literacy.
Thanks Poverty is Real for supporting our work to make sure every child in our community, regardless of income, has access to great books!
-Gail Rothman, Decatur Education Foundation
Poverty Is Real is proud to support Project Bookshelf, the Kindezi School, and lovers of good books everywhere!