Urban
Renewal
Center

 
 
 
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Our Mission is to Awaken Society to its Promised Wholeness

 
 

In the heart of the city with the city at its heart.

The Urban Renewal Center (URC), located in Norfolk, Virginia, is a conceptual center of moral thought, voice, and action. People are the most important part of any city.

 
 
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We are a community development organization.

As a community development organization, the URC cares about the narratives, situations, and conditions of people's lives. The URC carries out its mission though three avenues: Education, Coalition Building, and Social Engagement. The URC sees congregations as an essential part of neighborhoods, communities and city life.

 
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The faith community has a valuable role.

The faith community has a valuable role beyond their walls to advance the quality of life in the city. Developing partnerships is the center's modus operandi. We partner with both congregations and other organizations in the community to pursue several collaborative initiatives. The First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk is the center's launching partner.

 
 

Our Story

Our Research

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Our Mission is to Awaken Society to its Promised Wholeness

See how we’re building coalitions to change Norfolk

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Complex Questions Require Complex Thinking

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Impactful Programs to Empower Norfolk

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See how the URC is helping reimagine Portsmouth

The Urban Renewal Center has partnered with Chosen For Completion in Portsmouth, Virginia to re-vitalize a ministry in the heart of the America’s first planned community.

 
 
 
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The Urban Renewal Center is located on unceded Powhatan Confederacy land.