Agency Purpose and Mission
The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) was established in 1987 and offers specialized services to the homeless and those within our community who are in crisis. VMC’s programs support its two-fold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness.
VMC operates four main programs: The VMC Resource Center, The Bush Family Refuge, Minvilla Manor, and The VMC Dental Clinic. The goal for all clients is housing. Utilizing case management and the ‘Housing First’ approach to ending homelessness, VMC assists individuals into permanent, supportive housing and provides the resources necessary to maintain housing. Once housing is achieved, the case management relationship continues until a level of self-sufficiency is reached, thus ensuring success.
The Volunteer Ministry Center was founded in 1987 by downtown churches in response to the need for a daytime shelter for the increasing number of homeless persons on the street. In 1991, VMC was joined by the Refuge, a volunteer operated homeless prevention program. In 1992, VMC constructed the Jackson Apartments which offered housing to 16 formerly homeless men. Clinic services were added on a part-time basis in 1998. In 2007, VMC began an emphasis on offering permanent solutions to homelessness rather than simply offering emergency care. In March of 2009, VMC relocated from its original building downtown to a new facility at 511 N. Broadway. In November 2010, the Jackson Apartments were replaced by Minvilla Manor, a 57 unit rent subsidized permanent supportive housing facility. Clinic services were expanded as VMC welcomed Cherokee Health Systems to offer medical and mental health services; VMC retains the dental clinic function. All services are offered on-site.
First Presbyterian Church has several Good Humor Teams who prepare and serve meals each month on a rotating basis.