The United Methodist Union provides ongoing or occasional funding for mission centers, Union-created initiatives, and an insurance program in metropolitan Detroit, including:
Urban Methodist Youth Camp
The Urban Methodist Youth Camp (UMYC) is a Christ-centered, affordable, fun, overnight camp for youth that provides life-changing experiences, encourages new friendships, and promotes personal faith explorations among youth.
The three main objectives of the UMYC are to assist youth:
- With spiritual formation and support youth in their faith journeys,
- In developing positive relationships with peers and adults; and,
- In developing and strengthening important life skills.
Cass Community Social Services
A comprehensive urban ministry based out of the Cass Community United Methodist Church in Detroit, Cass Community Social Services is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the diverse populations it serves by providing for basic needs.
Cass Community Social Services offers numerous programs for the community including affordable housing, promoting self-reliance and encouraging community involvement and community improvement.
United Methodist Union Insurance Program
Since 2001, the United Methodist Union has offered a voluntary insurance program providing affordable insurance to congregations in the East and West Districts. Managed by Keith Howard at the Worship Service Company, the insurance program is competitive in coverage and cost.
Keith works closely with trustees and congregations, providing advice for making informed decisions about insurance needs. More information about the insurance programs is available in their brochure (PDF).
Samaritan Counseling Center – A Pastoral Counseling Center:
The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan is a pastoral counseling center, providing counseling and psychotherapy that integrates the best in psychological and psychiatric theory and practice with the resources of the client’s religious/faith tradition. Pastoral counselors utilize a holistic approach in their counseling, giving attention to intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions.
Since 1981, the Baldwin Center has served the community of Pontiac, Michigan providing more than 25 programs for the surrounding neighborhood. Programs include adult and family services, food services, youth services, and day care. The mission of the center is to feed, clothe, educate and empower the men, women, and children of our community.
A joint effort of Central United Methodist Church and Family Services Inc. in Detroit, N.O.A.H (Networking Organizing Advocating for the Health of the Homeless) addresses the health needs of homeless people in the core area of Detroit, providing counseling, education, advocacy and organizing services.
The Joy-Southfield Health and Education Center provides free on-site primary health care to individuals and families without health insurance and who can’t afford the cost of primary health care. Constructed with the aid of the United Methodist Union, the center was the initiative of Second Grace United Methodist Church.
Young Leaders Initiative
Led by program director, Carl Gladstone, Young Leaders Initiative provides transforming inter-cultural Christian experiences for youth and young adults through three programs, Motown Mission, Metro Youth Encounter, and Transforming Leaders.
Metro Youth Encounter engages high school youth in exploring topics of faith, service, mission, justice and community in hands-on monthly meetings. Transforming Leaders is a grassroots, faith-based summer internship providing leadership training and ministry exploration for young adults and college students through local church programs for children, youth and families.
Celebrating 10 years of summer mission opportunity for middle school students, Motown Mission offers a week of service, cultural immersion, and faith-filled reflection in downtown Detroit.
Motown Mission has partnered with 20+ service partners, 43 young adult staffers, 163 local churches, and 2,600 individuals who’ve invested $1.7 million worth of volunteer time and contributions into the communities of the Motor City!