Urban Transformation Ministries
The mission of Urban Transformation Ministries (UTM) is to redeem urban youth, families, and communities with the transforming gospel of Christ. UTM reaches out to approximately 200 disadvantaged youth and young adults within urban Grand Rapids on an annual basis through sports programs, mentoring, Bible studies, summer camping, and employment assistance. Our latest initiative, the ManUP program, is a 2-year residential program that assists fatherless young men become self-sufficient by developing life-skills, financial management, personal goal-setting and employment assistance, while providing spiritual and emotional support through counseling, mentoring relationships, and Bible studies. Raising up urban leaders that reach back into communities of need is UTM’s answer to the violent crime and gang-related killings that plague inner-city Grand Rapids.