After School Program
Students flourish when they are in safe, structured, and nurturing environment to live, learn and play.
Our Teen Ministries
Exposing teens to various outing and activities.
Our Daily Bread Community Food Pantry
Helps patrons think about their individual nutritional needs and make choices to better address those needs.
Circle Urban Ministries is working towards the day every neighborhood is considered a great place to live, learn, grow and succeed!
Circle Urban Ministries’ Campus hosted programs to address poverty, housing, hunger, education, drug/alcohol dependency, medical, and legal issues. We have seen God’s love working through our hands and hearts impact thousands of lives. In 2016, our neighborhood transformation teams produced the following impact…
150+ Church Members Each Week
Each week the Circle Campus hosts 150+ members of the Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church.
Over 500 Clients Received Much Needed Help
In 2016 the Circle Campus was home to more than 500 clients who needed compassionate, comprehensive and accessible legal services.
More than 1000 Patients Seen Last Year
In 2016 more than 1000 medical patients come to the Circle Campus for their medical needs each year.
8,000 Pounds Of Food Distributed Each Month
On average, Circle Urban Ministries distributes more than 8000 lbs. of food each month.
520+ Scholars Attended a Tier 1 School
In 2016 Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School hosted over 520 scholars and received a Tier 1 ranking from CPS. More than 95% parental involvement and 96% attendance rate!
8 Out of 10 Seniors Accepted Into College
8 out of 10 students who participated in Circle Urban Ministries’ College Readiness Program were accepted into College. This helped increase Austin’s graduation rate +10%.
After School Program Grew By More Than 25%
Our after-school academic enrichment program grew by more than 25% in the 2016-2017 school year.
96 Beds on Campus
Circle Urban Ministries is home to a 96 Bed Women and Children’s Shelter addressing the homelessness issue in Austin community.
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
James has extensive knowledge in experiential education and child development. He has worked with schools to implement experiential education in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio, Missouri and Michigan. His work with children has been featured in the text book, “Careers in Child Development” (Pearson 2008). Learn more about James
Walter Mendenhall IV
Director of Teen Ministries
Walter went from being diagnosed with a learning disorder at age 5, to graduating with a 3.2 GPA and becoming a professional athlete of the National Football League (NFL). Walter now serves as the Director of Youth Ministries for Circle where he imparts knowledge and wisdom to the teens in the Austin neighborhood. Learn More About Walter
Director or Youth Ministries
Kim comes to Circle Urban Ministries from the Boys and Girls Club at Brunson School where she supervised grant-funded programs. Hired, trained and evaluated employees. As the Director of Youth Ministries she monitors operational performance to ensure alignment with national mission and goals.
Become a Circle of Life Mentor and Change the World!!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Circle Urban Ministries Helps Other Ministries Engage in Urban Ministries
We consult with ministries looking to expand their diversity and outreach. Our consultation areas include: Racial Reconciliation, Race Equity, Asset Based Community Development, Crisis Management, Program Implementation, Youth Ministry Development and After-school Program Implementation.