A group of 13 downtown congregations — Protestant, Catholic and Jewish — formed an organization to address unmet community needs. This organization became Urban Ministries of Raleigh, and later, Wake County. We opened our doors in July 1981 to address the adverse effects of poverty for Wake County residents.
The Ark Shelter opens to serve men who are homeless.
The Open Door Clinic begins serving the uninsured—the earliest free clinic in North Carolina that remains in operation.
The Ark expands to serve women who are homeless.
The Open Door Clinic begins addressing the needs of people with chronic illness.
The Ark Shelter converted to serve women only.
Ark Shelter renamed Helen Wright Center for Women in honor of Sister Helen Wright, our first Director.
Urban Ministries moves to its new location on Capital Boulevard and expands it services to include day and evening medical clinics and an on-site pharmacy.
Urban Ministries celebrates its 30th year of renewing lives and restoring hope.
Dr. Peter Morris, longtime medical director at Wake County Human Services, is named Executive Director, succeeding Anne Burke, who retires after 26 years in the job.
Urban Ministries and Band Together raise $552,000. The Open Door Clinic will treat an additional 420 new patients over the next two years, providing all physician visits, lab work and prescriptions.
Under new leadership, the longstanding description of services, Hunger, Homelessness and Healthcare gets a face lift to show movement toward goals beyond crisis response: Hunger to Nutrition, Healthcare to Health, Homelessness to a path Home.
Partnership program for local businesses initiated, along with planned giving opportunities launched.
Urban Ministries celebrates 35 years, highlighting all the good from the past, along with what’s to come.