Category Archives: Urban Ministries of Wake County

March 18

I am Experiencing My Pulse Every Moment – Kindling Hope ♣ & Happiness Around ♥

“Hands Raised to Serve are More Blissful then Hands Raised to Pray”.

August 22

Can developing governance documents really be fun?

Well, here is a head scratcher for everyone brave enough to still be reading… How in the world can you possibly incorporate fun into a governance system? Let me share my ramblings this morning. During my time here at Urban Ministries, I have been so moved by the people we serve in the clinic and […]

August 08

GEMBA really works

I’ll admit that sitting in a meeting room in RTP hearing about the GEMBA (fancy way of saying “go see what’s going on!”) principle and how to use ADP in my PULSE assignment, I was a bit skeptical. Well, sign me up as the poster person now. This stuff really works! I didn’t tell any […]

August 05

1for3X9=9800 pounds

Don’t panic, I am not attempting some new wacky math. Just reporting on the awesome results of the Christmas in July food drive at Urban Ministries last week! At the nine participating sites in Wake county, over 9,800 pounds of nonperishable food was contributed for the hungry families needing food. Two steamy Carolina days, with […]

FIGS and Dates

Continuing my journey in crisis services, today I want to share about an unbelievable program known as FIGS. (Not the kind that go into the cookies!) FIGS (Filling In the GapS) is an independent volunteer group that raises funds, 100% of which go toward providing emergency prescription assistance for residents of Wake County, NC. Urban […]

July 18

I’m # 12…

As I was getting ready to leave for the evening, one of the ladies at the Helen Wright Center had shared with me that her day planner had “disappeared” and it was hard to keep up with appointments and chores. I asked her name and told her that I would see if I could find […]

July 10

Christmas in July!!!!!

No, the calendar hasn’t gone crazy, the hot Carolina sun hasn’t steamed my brain – Urban Ministries is celebrating Christmas In July with the help of Chick-Fill-A and Systel to collect foods to replenish our empty shelves.  During the summer months children who normally access nutrition programs at school are at home all day and instead […]

July 10

Fill em up!

Week three finds me in Crisis Services, trying to make my way through all that is going on here. Too much to talk about in one blog so I will break it into several. I’ll start with the Food Pantry and share last Thursday,a typical day. On Thursday right at 8:30, the line started forming […]

July 10

Who knew? Already week two…

If I thought week one went fast, this one literally flew. I finished my rotation shadowing/scanning or as we learned in the ADP training, GEMBA, in the Open Door Clinic. Well oiled machine that counts on the synchronization of a marching band. Three shifts a day, volunteer doctors, nurses, phlebotomists,EMT and pharmacists log in downstairs […]

December 20

Health care, a few sights, and a little Grand Prix.

So as my 6-month assignment at Urban Ministries of Wake County winds down, I thought I’d share a few sights and sounds from the Raleigh area. But first (since I said I would), a little bit about healthcare. As I mentioned in prior posts, there are three main arms to the mission of Urban Ministries […]

December 05

36 Stories

About two weeks ago, Urban Ministries of Wake County had their fall event, called Stone Soup (after the old folk tale in which some hungry strangers, and the whole town, are fed after the townspeople each make a small contribution of ingredients). It is their big fundraising event for the fall (there are two events […]

November 27

Not a single monkey

Five months into my PULSE assignment, and let me be perfectly clear about one thing – I haven’t seen a single monkey. Or elephant, for that matter. (As great as Raleigh is, they could really use more monkeys.) So I’ve been quite delinquent in keeping up to date on my blog, I don’t even want […]

August 06

A big fat checkmark

Over the weekend I was able to put a big fat checkmark next to something on my to-do list: redesign a website. Admittedly I do have some prior web design experience, back around the turn of the century. Yes, I realize that makes me sound like a crotchety old man (and some might say I […]

Tip jar July 31

Using Paypal (and WordPress) for Nonprofit Donations

So I apologize in advance – this post is really only for geeked out amateur web designers trying to build websites in WordPress for nonprofits on a budget. Yeah, small audience. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I am working on some major tweaks for Urban Ministries of Wake County’s website, and made some breakthroughs late last week on ways […]

July 11

I’m Famous. (At least to my kids.)

So the Raleigh News & Observer has learned what all my friends already know… that the only thing that outshines my sparkling wit and profound intelligence is my devastating good looks. (Yes, I jest.) You see, they did an article about the GSK PULSE program this past Sunday as the featured article in the Business […]