By: JORDAN HATTAWAY
“Fueled by a vision of how things ought to be…we are positioning ourselves to bring forth restoration.” – Urban Life Charlotte
Urban Life Charlotte is a new non-profit in the heart of Center City Charlotte.
It’s a community of people who’ve moved back into the city from the suburbs to be a part of positive change in Wesley Heights. The need is great. CMS schools in West Charlotte are burdened with the city’s lowest graduation rate at just 51%.
Urban’s goal is to transform the neighborhood through spiritual and strategic relationships. City Director David Gage Hall, encourages people to get involved by saying, “Jesus’ ministry was all about the importance of relationships, especially with the poor and hurting people around us. This is one of the best opportunities to live out that mission.”
Elevation Church is at the heart of this effort as two church staff families will live on site, and Elevation volunteers have been the muscle behind getting the building ready for a fall launch. The location is called “The Summit.” It includes two buildings with twelve units that will house young adults serving in the year-long Urban Life outreach program as well as neighbors transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.