Urban Ministry receives nearly $1M

Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Urban Ministry has received a bequest of nearly $1 million from the estate of Nancy Richmond Hudson that it will use to launch a new housing program for homeless families and create a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

After retiring from the U.S. State Department, Hudson returned to Greensboro and volunteered for Urban Ministry until her death Aug. 18, 2006.

Her bequest will support Beyond Pathways, an initiative Urban Ministry is developing that will focus on moving families into housing quickly and providing case management and support to keep them from becoming homeless in the future.

The goal of the program will be to manage the cases of up to 20 families at a time and serve 40 to 60 additional families a year.

While nearly 250 homeless families applied for shelter at Urban Ministry’s Pathways Center in 2007, up 10 percent from 2006, the agency was able to house only 66
families, which stayed 101 days on average.

Families remain on the waiting list roughly seven weeks on average, and up to 40 families were on the list in the summer months.

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