Urban Outreach

Embracing Urban Communities

175,000 +

Individual interactions in the community


Individual meals per month


The Urban Outreach Initiative (formerly Vanguard Street Ministry) is foundational to the overall work and success of Urban Alliance. This initiative is our “boots on the ground” efforts to build relationships with individuals in urban communities. In our experience, through building relationships with individuals in the neighborhood we are able to communicate value, build credibility, and assess the needs of our friends in the neighborhood. Urban Outreach Initiative consists of two primary avenues in which we impact the neighborhood; Street Outreach and Community Events.

Street Outreach is our opportunity to meet people exactly where they are and for who they are. The purpose of Street Outreach is to care and love people where they are through their situation. Often the Outreach Team will either post up at a local gathering spot or walk the streets with the purpose of simply engaging in people’s lives. Street Outreach is the best way that we as an organization can build relationships, establish credibility and invite individuals to further enhance their lives through the resources that Urban Alliance offers.

In 2017 the Street Outreach Team developed a process in which we can deeper impact our friends in the community. By engaging in deeper relationships we are able to further understand the situation that each person resides in, the barriers that exist in their lives, and the goals and dreams they have for their future. Through this process we are able to walk alongside individuals and encourage them as they develop the skills and tools necessary to become successful in their life. By understanding barriers that prevent progress and establishing clear goals, individuals will have a plan of action that will direct them towards success in their life. Today Street Outreach happens in Kalamazoo’s Edison, Northside and Eastside neighborhoods.

We have seen in communities where organizations, churches, and businesses have been separated in their efforts to tackle the needs of the community. The purpose of Outreach Events is to cultivate a culture of collaboration so that the neighborhood can grow and thrive in unity. These events also act as an opportunity to build relationships with individuals in the neighborhood and show them that we care. Annual events include a June Summer Kick-off Block Party, a Halloween Trunk or Treat, and a Thanksgiving Dinner.

“They gave me a chance, and that’s all I needed.”

SamanthaUrban Outreach ????? Recipient

The Block Party is fun because there are tons of opportunities to play games and spend time with my family.

DoreishaAge 15

My favorite part of the block party was the fact that everyone was smiling and happy.

KurvonAge 13

I volunteered for the 3rd annual block party because I am new in town and we love to meet new people and spread love.

Ruby & CodyOutreach Volunteer
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