Center for Urban Missions

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The Center for Urban Missions (TCUM) is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 by Reverend Gerald Austin and his wife Gwen. Its offices are located at the New City Church at 2030 1st Avenue North.

The center's mission is to "equip and inspire urban families to move from a life of dependency to a life of true sufficiency." The center began by working with children at Metropolitan Gardens and currently works with city residents of all ages through tutoring, mentoring, parenting seminars, literacy programs, job training and job placement programs.

In 2004 the Center received a $1.1 million grant from the U. S. Department of Commerce to provide access to technology in eight communities.

Specific programs operated by the Center for Urban Missions include:

  • "STARS" (Skill-building, Training, Achievement, Results and Sufficiency): youth educational development
  • "CURE" (Center for Urban Research and Empowerment): health education, disease prevention and health care access
  • "RAMP" (Reaching and Motivating People): job training and workforce development

The RAMP program, headed by Austin's son Johnathan, currently operates as a for-profit business, refurbishing beverage equipment for Royal Cup and Buffalo Rock.


  • Sherman, Amy (August 26, 1995) "Beyond Social Work: Alabama Outreach Seeks a Transformation of Thinking." World magazine
  • "Inner-city program gets $1.1M for technology." (October 27, 2004) Birmingham Business Journal

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