Augusta Urban Ministries

A ministry of hope to families in need.

Augusta, GA   |  augustaurbanministries.org

Mission

Through the valuable reuse of donated items, Augusta Urban Ministries improves lives by providing quality bicycles for transportation, furniture, and household goods, long-term solutions and resources to underprivileged families transitioning out of homelessness to break the cycle of poverty.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mrs. Melissa D. Wheeler

Main address

P.O Box 14634

Augusta, GA 30919 USA

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EIN

81-1232217

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many under-resourced families struggle to afford basic household necessities for their families. Augusta Urban Ministries (AUM) will provide furniture bank and transportation services to low income and extremely low-income persons that fall in four separate categories: (a) homeless, (b) subject to becoming homeless, (c) burned out of an existing home and (d) departing a local shelter such as Hope House, Hale House, and Safe Homes. Augusta Urban Ministries operates the only free furniture bank in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. Free furniture as provided to low income and extremely low-income clients is an integral component of safe, stable housing – which is, in turn, a vital issue for persons seeking self-sufficiency.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Furniture Bank

The goal of the Furniture Bank is to provide furniture, household items, and appliances at no charge to those transitioning into permanent sustainable housing from homelessness, temporary housing, shelters, and starting over due to fire or other disasters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

An integral initiative in the Furniture Bank, Bike Program provides bicycles as basic transportation to individual's that utilize bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Our target population for the Bike Program program is those who need transportation to work or to find work, in job training programs, students, elderly, disabled, and traffic Court or Drug Court, participants

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

The goal of the VITA program is to provide free electronic federal and state tax preparation for low income and elderly taxpayers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

The goal of this program is to provide food and necessities to parents and toys and clothes to children served by one of our programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Augusta Urban Ministries operates one of only three free furniture banks in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. Free furniture as provided to low income and extremely low-income clients is an integral component of safe, stable housing – which is, in turn, a vital issue for persons seeking self-sufficiency.

Also, a vital component of the Furniture Bank is the BIKE Program. BIKE provides bicycles to individuals who are working and require a bicycle to maintain employment.

AUM, as a whole, operates under an overarching Strategic Plan that establishes operational objectives for each of the program divisions. It is the primary mission of AUM to provide both immediate care and long-term, transformational services. As a part of this plan, each program division, including AUM (applicant), operates under a uniquely designed “Service Outcome Model” whereby the program “inputs” are linked directly to specific program “activities”, which are linked directly to specific program “outputs”, which are finally linked directly to specific program “outcomes”. In this way, each resource utilized by the program is carefully assessed as being directly linked to measurable outputs and long-term, transformational outcomes. In addition, each of our programs will have a support team that works with the Director to identify upcoming opportunities and client needs; to recruit volunteers, financial contributions, and in-kind donations; and to track the number of clients served and the effectiveness of policies and services. The support teams’ propose is to convey policy changes and fundraising projects to the local program board for approval.

The president of AUM is Dave Bolyard. He has been with the agency since its inception and has been the President for three years. The Chief Financial officer, Bryan Adams is a retired certified accountant who has been with AUM for over ten years. Director Melissa Wheeler is a former client and Sociology major at Ashford University who has over fifteen years of experience. Her homeless experience and a dedicated effort to change her life have proven to be a valuable example and encouragement to the homeless clients we serve. Her duties include overseeing the daily operations of all AUM programs (applications and screening) and working closely with board members, volunteers, and donors. AUM partners with local furniture stores and bike shops to aid in meeting the demand for assistance. Families are sent to us by way of Agency Partners that screen recipients in need of our help.

Augusta Urban Ministries began its surplus ministry in March of 1996 modestly serving families and organizations with home and office furnishings. Today, at our new location at 1500 Wrightsboro Road, our ultimate goal is to establish "Augusta Urban Ministries" once again as an outreach ministry organization serving the disadvantaged and poor of our community. After several years of incorporating with Action Ministries based in Atlanta, Georgia, the local Augusta Urban Ministries (AUM) was officially closed by the governing body of AMA in January 2014 accompanied by an unpopular statewide program restructuring. The parent organization was also experiencing severe financial hardship and looking for ways to regain financial stability. Augusta was among the largest of their programs but unfortunately was housed in a crumbling and decaying warehouse that they could not afford to renovate.

We closed our doors for a season but did not go away. Following its official closure, the Board of Directors and AUM's former staff continued to meet and to discuss how the vital programs the organization had offered to disadvantaged individuals and families for over 40 years could be continued, independent of Action Ministries. Thanks to the generosity of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Easter Seals East Georgia, AUM is able to continue to provide some of its previous services. Donated bicycles are refurbished and provided to low-income and homeless individuals to use as their primary source of transportation. Income Tax Assistance provides free tax preparation during the tax season to the elderly and disabled, "shut-in" as well as others needing assistance filing their income taxes. We received our own 501 c 3 statues in January of 2018.

AUM continues to fully operate our Furniture Bank, Bike, and VITA Tax programs. We have plans to expand our programs to include job training, furniture reupholstery, a youth bike camp and adult bike safety workshop.

Financials

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Operations

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Augusta Urban Ministries

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Virgil Bolyard

Augusta Urban Ministries

Term: 2016 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mrs. La Reno Neidig

Bryan Adams

Dora Nagles

Retired

La Reno Neidig

CLC for Living

Charles Jackson

SRS Retired

Phil Cohen

Chain Reaction Bicycles

Vanessa Stallings

Retired

Charles Whitfield

Oakey Grove Bapt. Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Person without a disability

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