University Community Ministries (UCM) is a faith- based IRS- qualified Florida charitable 501c (3) organization established in 1995.UCM offers services to children and youth, the homeless, and the elderly in need of supportive services such as literacy skills, food and clothing distribution, counseling, and community referral to increase individual and family independence and self-sufficiency.
UCM agency mission is to address and meet the spiritual, social and economic needs of the Tampa Bay community. We communicate the message of God’s love of all people, regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or economic status.
To accomplish our mission, we provide opportunities that promote dignity, independence and self-sufficiency in the lives of the
homeless, the elderly, the frail, the disadvantaged, the under-served youth and persons with disabilities.
The agency vision is that all individuals who suffer spiritually, physically, mentally, financially or from some other burden in their lives, may find restored hope, a resiliency to cope successfully with a changing environment, and the strength to live independently and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
UCM has three major and unique programs under its umbrella.
Group that feeds and provides services to the homeless on Saturdays
A ministry to the senior adult community (60+)
Family Literacy Program to instill literacy as a value.
Funding has been provided by:
Burton Family Foundation
The Radiant Group
Rainmaker Music Management
Additional Funding is received from community friends and supporters
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerome Van Gurp, President and Operation Jumpstart Program Director
Stan Strickland, Vice President
America Van Gurp, Secretary
David Ogburn, Treasurer
Molly Cox, Forerunners: West of 60 Program Director
Tony Stewart, Citylife Church Pastor
America Van Gurp
Dr. Natalie Kennedy