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Galveston Urban Ministries

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Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Human Services, Religion, Religion-Related, Youth Development

Mission: Galveston Urban Ministries develops holistic relationships to transform the community we love. Along with our neighbors, we are restoring this community into a place people want to live in ~ rather than leave.

Results: GUM has touched the lives of 1,377 children and adults in the past 12 months. Three of our youth are enrolled in college; they are the first generation in their families to pursue higher education. Nine adults attended our intensive, 24-week Getting Ahead series; former graduates are now enrolled in college, operating their own businesses and successfully employed in living-wage jobs. Our Annual Youth Art Show & Silent Auction drew over 250 guests; the event showcased the hard work & creativity of eight GUM youth. We hosted 94 human service professionals at a two-day Bridges Out of Poverty workshop; the goal was to build working relationships between the agencies tasked with alleviating poverty. Nearly 400 children had a very merry Christmas after their parents shopped with dignity at our Christmas Tree Store; 346 students from K-12 went back to school carrying backpacks filled with supplies purchased by their parents at our School Supply Store. We hosted 521 volunteers from throughout Texas; these volunteers contributed 18,235 hours of time which represents $457,699 to our ministry and our nonprofit partners.

Target demographics: children, youth, adults and families living in poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,377 people across Galveston Island

Geographic areas served: Galveston, Texas

Programs: Student Ministries offering tutoring & life-skills development for children, youth and college students; Getting Ahead, an intensive 24-week life-skills development program for adults; Economic Development Program where we reclaim our neighborhood from urban blight by purchasing & restoring abandoned houses and cleaning trash from our streets; Volunteer & Workgroup Program provides meaningful service opportunities for people of all ages. GUM offers a "hand-up" rather than a "hand-out" to help our neighbors lift themselves out of poverty.

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Rating: 5

Christ Together Galveston has partnered with Galveston Urban Ministries for the past 3 years. It has been an amazing partnership being able to work together in serving the local community. This past year we partnered again in a service outreach called Servolution. We were able to send volunteers who worked together from multiple churches to a project that GUM was actively working on. GUM is having direct impact and transformation in their community!

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KellianneVM We are so blessed to have experienced professionals like yourself volunteering at GUM! Not only do you bring a valuable skillset to the project, you are also a mentor and role model to our younger volunteers. I'm really looking forward to Servolution next year, and hope to see you there!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with GUM’s children’s program during my last semester of nursing school unfortunately. I say unfortunately because I wish I had been with them for longer! What they are doing for they youth of their community is truly a blessing. They way the show the love of Jesus to children who are sometimes hard to love is incredible. Being a volunteer at GUM was one of the highlights of my time in Galveston and I even went back to volunteer a couple of times when I moved away because I loved it so much!

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KellianneVM 10/28/2019

Maya ~ It's wonderful to hear that volunteering with GUM was a highlight of your time on the island! We are blessed that you decided to come back even after moving away. You look great rockin' that GUM shirt and your daughters are beautiful! Maybe they will volunteer too during your next visit to GUM :-) yet it's always sad when y'all leave.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Galveston Urban Ministries has changed my perspective regarding the needs of the people in our community. I’ve realized that most of us have much to learn about ways to love and care for each other. Helping others without hurting them is critical to improving the lifestyles of the families in Galveston.

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KellianneVM 10/28/2019

Ms. Einecke ~ There is indeed much to learn about how we love & care for each other, and I've learned quite a bit by watching you. I appreciate the ways you recognize an achievement, and offer encouragement when one of us is struggling. You have a beautiful way of letting us know we matter, and that you care. And, I am not alone in paying those kindnesses forward :-)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer at GUM and want to give a positive review. They are reaching out to the local neighborhoods and providing tutoring, education, children’s programs, and low
Prices for shopping for Christmas and school, with dignity, yet affordable ! Plus they teach about God’s love and the Bible. They have been transforming the neighborhood and bringing hope for personal growth spiritually, and personally; including job preparation and opportunities !

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KellianneVM 10/22/2019

Faithful, I love your screen name :-) We are so blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers. You all do so much for our neighborhood and it's a joy to serve alongside you! Thank you for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review.

1 Randi Haecker E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Galveston Urban Ministries, affectionately known as GUM to the local community, has been changing lives and transforming the community, one family at a time for several years. The local impact they have is only part of the story, though. GUM partners with churches from all over, to teach others how to share the love of Jesus and love their neighbors as their selves. The work they do has a sort of butterfly effect, one act of kindness or opportunity leading to another, leading to another, leading to another ad infinitum! I have been fortunate enough to partner in the work with GUM on several occasions. I have seen the local impact and the greater impact on the body of believers that partner with them. The work they pour their hearts and lives into is making an amazing difference and setting the example for the rest of us!

Randi Elliott

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KellianneVM 10/19/2019

Randi ~ I love how you describe GUM as having a "butterfly effect." Our great joy is seeing a former program participant reach out and return the kindness to another. Beautiful comment, Randi; thank you!

1 Cheryl S.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Galveston Urban Ministry has helped me and my entire family in many ways and we are extremely Thankful for God who put it on their heart to reach out to this community. Urban Ministry help many family's with Education,Jobs, housing , food,school supplies, Christmas and much more even an Counselor. I know people who went and talk with Josh when they were having a problem and other staff members and they reached out to them with an open ear and arms. This is an wonderful non-profit organization that helps out everyone in Galveston County and I'm truly grateful for them and all that they do for our community. Thank you Galveston Uban Ministry and May God Countinue to bless you all to countinue to help this community. I love you and and very grateful for this Ministry.

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KellianneVM 10/19/2019

I certainly share your respect for Josh and the GUM staff. They model humility, kindness and God's love every single day. What a blessing it is to be a member of the GUM family. Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your thoughtful comments!

1 China S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Galveston Urban Ministries has had such a positive impact on our family! The relationships we have gained, the opportunities to get involved, and the way they work to develop our community is amazing! The staff is truly so caring and hardworking and the organization itself is full of integrity, transparency, and love for the community it works in!

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KellianneVM 10/19/2019

China ~ thank you for sharing your thoughts about GUM. To be considered an organization that models integrity, transparency and love is an honor. We hope we have the privilege to live & work in this community for many years to come.

2 Camie T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Grateful for this ministry that is making an impact in Galveston and beyond. Solid leadership, empowering those in the community to have opportunities to serve and to raise up the next generation to do the same. They have great integrity and use every dollar wisely. So thankful GUM!

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KellianneVM 10/17/2019

Camie, what a beautiful comment; thank you. We are humbled by donors like you, and deeply appreciate every gift. It's an honor to use our donors' dollars with integrity and discernment.

2 Ruth R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were wonderful to me! I am 72 and the Galveston Historical Society gave me about 100 days to paint my fence. The house needs a lot of exterior repairs but I am on a fixed state pension; we have not received a COLA in 20 years so I can't afford them. I had started painting my fence but broke a couple of fingers, got an infection in my hand, & lost all my nails. I was trying my best to get it painted but still had a long way to go. My contractor, Jon Charon, contacted GUM and they sent a group of wonderful young volunteers who came out & finished it in about a day and a half. They were absolutely great and I will be forever grateful to them. They got the Historical Foundation off my back for the time being and I got to work w/them painting; they were such a wonderful group. I thank God so much for the help this wonderful group gave me! I LOVE GUM!!!! Ruth Roberts 1828 Church St., Galveston

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KellianneVM 10/17/2019

Ms Roberts, we are pretty fond of you too! I was at GUM when the volunteers came back after completing your fence. The young people were positively joyous. They couldn't wait to tell us all about the day; how they served you and what they learned. It was certainly a special day for all of us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with GUM during their special events however, this year I attended the Youth Art Show & Auction as a patron. What a wonderful evening! I met the student artists and we talked about the inspiration behind their photographs. I watched each student's reaction as guests bid on their photos; they grew more confident as the night went on. By the end of the evening, these young people who had been reserved and quiet only hours earlier, were happily engaging with guests and GUM staff. It was obvious that the whole process of creating photographs and participating in a professional art show had a tremendous impact on each young life. GUM believed in these kids until they could believe in themselves. It was a beautiful sight to behold, and can't wait for next year's show.

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KellianneVM 10/17/2019

gretchen ~ what a thoughtful comment; thank you! We are actually planning the 2020 Youth Art Show & Silent Auction now. Applications to become a student-artist are going out today!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Galveston Urban Ministries continues to makes differences in the community. By serving youth and families - GUM’s impact changes the lives for generations to come. They truly develop holistic relationships to transform the community they love.

GUM makes a difference, Directly and Indirectly.

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KellianneVM 10/17/2019

Steve, volunteers like you bring such passion and joy to our neighborhood! You help us make that impact which "changes the lives for generations to come." Thank you!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have taken our youth group to work with GUM for 7 or 8 years now and have loved it! The way GUM creatively and passionately cares for the community around them has been an inspiration for us. Additionally they work holistically, meeting needs both immediate and long term through training and equipping. We love them!

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KellianneVM 10/17/2019

Workgroups like your's are the heart of GUM; we can't do this work without you! We hope your students return home with a newfound passion to alleviate poverty in their community. Thank you for partnering with us for nearly a decade!!

2 Brooke F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Galveston Urban Ministries continues to blow me away with their genuine desire to meet their community where they’re at. They provide tools, services and events that not only help families confidently stand on their own two feet, but that also create opportunities for those families to then help and serve others as well. They are amazing!!

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KellianneVM 10/16/2019

Brooke, thank you! You are a blessing to GUM and we couldn't do this work without you and people like you.

1 Tisha D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gum has been a positive impact in my family as we under go chemotherapy for my twin daughter who is thirteen. They have prayed with us and even, given us opportunities to be a part of what they are doing in our community. We are now family with Gum!!!

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KellianneVM 10/16/2019

Tisha, you are a testimony of God's love. We are all so blessed to live life with you & your family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Urban ministry is a loving and caring non profit organization that loves it's community and always gives a lending hand they support our youth and help parents to get ahead in life thank you urban ministry for all you have done for my children & Family

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KellianneVM 10/16/2019

VRobles97, we appreciate your comment; thank you! We are blessed to have you as a loving member of the GUM family :-)