• 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.

  • Inspiring Children; Equipping Families; Engaging Partners; and Empowering Communities!

  • 2017 Circle of Hope FORE! Kids Golf Outing

    June 26, 2017

Circle Urban Ministries is working to make the Austin community a better place to live, learn, grow and succeed!

Circle Urban Ministries’ Campus hosts programs to address poverty, housing, hunger, education, drug/alcohol dependency, medical, and legal issues. We have seen God’s love impact thousands of lives. Our 2016 Impact Includes:

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.

Circle Urban Ministries' Mentors Changes Lives

Our mentors inspire their mentee to see their potential future and believe it is achievable!


James Borishade

Executive Director

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

Kim Molenda

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.

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Become a Circle of Life Mentor and Change a Child's World!!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

"My mentor teaches me things about God. During the holidays she always brings me new books to explore!"
My mentor has change my mentality towards work. He's taught me that if somethings hard I should never give up!"
"My favorite thing to do with my mentor is to talk to her about my problems because she give good advice!"