May 2019
Video: U-Nite 2019 recap (run time 1:25)
U-Nite 2019: An Evening of Connection and Inspiration
Together we make a greater impact.

At the third annual U-Nite, hundreds of people gathered at Upward Hartford to celebrate this exciting truth and the work being done to help people achieve lasting change in their lives through the UA network.

As guests connected with familiar faces and made new acquaintances, they enjoyed a delicious array of food from Harvest Bakery and Cafe. Live latin jazz music by Sam Rodriguez and Willy Perez of House of Restoration Church and Jose Avila of New Dimension Christian Center filled the room as the event exuded an upbeat and unifying vibe that mirrored the smiles on many faces.

After a brief welcome from Urban Alliance's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Russell Jarvis, guest speaker Romanita Hairston of Microsoft, Murdock Charitable Trust and MORE320 captivated the room with her message on the power of unity.

Pastor Ranford Lilly of Faith Ministries Church, Rev. Bryan Bywater of Church Army USA and Rosa McGuire of Urban Alliance and New Dimension Christian Center led a heartfelt time of prayer, followed by worship led by Dan Heermance of Valley Brook Community Church, Jaleith Gary of Urban Alliance and Calvary Fellowship, and Willy Perez of House of Restoration Church.

The event proved to be a memorable night of connection and inspiration. A special thank you to the many volunteers who contributed to a successful evening.

Click here to view the Urban Alliance event calendar.
"It was a very powerful and moving experience."
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Urban Alliance to Launch Podcast

Get ready to tune in to something exciting! Next month, we will be launching a new podcast.

The podcast will cover a range of topics, but will focus on the landscape of need in Greater Hartford and how churches and organizations in the UA network are addressing those needs, in partnership with other churches and organizations and with Urban Alliance support.

Stay tuned for more details!
Volunteers Pack Thousands of Revitalize Outreach Bags
More than 100 volunteers from 15 churches and organizations in the UA network packed 14,000 outreach bags on Friday, May 17 for the Revitalize Community Health Outreach that will take place in Hartford in the coming weeks.

Click here to learn more about Revitalize. Click the button below to visit our Facebook page and see more photos from the Revitalize Packing Party.
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Gathering and Training Recaps
Last month, nine program leaders from six churches and organizations gathered at Urban Alliance for part two of the Financial Literacy Workshop Facilitator Training, where they were equipped to facilitate 11 financial literacy workshops for the people they serve. The training was prepared and presented by staff from the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) and participants received certificates for completing the training.

Programs represented at the trainings are also able to request printed copies of handouts for any of the workshops and may apply for grant funding to offer a workshop.

And, 18 people from 13 churches and organizations participated in the Charis Lay Care and Counseling Training, "A Counseling Model for People in Ministry With Michael Ferris" on May 23.

Michael Ferris, founder of the evangelic ministry "A Journey to the Potter's House," provided training on a practical counseling model for people in ministry, basic counseling skills, session structure and progress, and goal setting for pastors, lay care ministers and small group leaders.
Featured Program
Development Opportunities
Your church or organization can develop stronger community programs with Urban Alliance support through these opportunities:
Offering Individualized Coaching, Case Management or Care
Individualized coaching, case management or care provides personalized support and can be used to help people achieve a variety of outcomes related to physical or emotional health, increased life stability, parenting skills, or youth development.

"UA has taught me how to connect with people in understanding their need and by keeping them encouraged, and building their confidence to handle the situations that life brings."

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Let's Get Stuffed for Good!
Date:  Monday, August 12, 2019

Time:  4:00pm - close

Location: Blue Plate Kitchen,
345 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06117

It's that time again! Get Stuffed for Good is on Monday, August 12 from 4:00-9:00pm at Blue Plate Kitchen and this year—our 5th year we're spicing things up. You won't want to miss it!

Mark your calendars and tell your friends and family to save the date. Click the button below to register!
Partner With UA to Multiply
Your Impact
When Garry set out to run his first full marathon, he partnered with Urban Alliance to multiply his impact.

After meeting with UA's Jaleith Gary , he received the tools he needed to invite his colleagues, friends and family to join him on this journey.

Within his first week, he raised more than half of his goal. In fact, we just increased his goal and he's almost reached that, too !

If you're a runner, cheerleader or anything in between—literally or figuratively—and you want to multiply your impact like Garry, we want to talk with you! Sign up here by clicking the button below.
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Going Above and Beyond to
Fill Bellies and Hearts
Once a month, UAServe volunteer Jeanne Mucci heads to South Church in Hartford to help serve meals to children. Often, her husband joins her, too.

"I am enjoying the connections Urban Alliance helped facilitate last summer," she explained. "I love how gracious and appreciative the students are that we get to serve. It's a good match that we're hoping to continue."

Recently, the Muccis jumped to step in when a need arose.

"Jeanne was cooking our meal and she overheard a conversation about...
3 Ways to Serve This Summer
Looking for ways to give back this summer? Consider becoming a UAServe volunteer!

Here are this month's featured volunteer opportunities:

Want to browse more opportunities? Click the button below.