Urban Mission news — jellybeans, JOSHUA, scholarships

A variety of programs are under way through Urban Mission Ministries in Steubenville, which is one of the largest charities in the Upper Ohio Valley, offering food, shelter and other essential services to low-income families.

It is located at 301 N. Fifth St., Steubenville. The phone number is (740) 282-8010, and the fax number is (740) 282-8514. The e-mail is mail@urbanmission.org and the website is www.urbanmission.org. Here is a look at some of them in progress, according to the Rev. Ashley Steele, the mission’s executive director.



JOSHUA, an acronym for Journeys of Service Helping Upper Appalachia, is a home repair program available to low-income homeowners.

The program will get under way earlier this year, beginning in May and continuing through the summer.

“We have 15 groups coming in this year,” Steele said. “We are starting in May instead of June to accommodate everybody.”

Local churches are being sought to serve as hosts.

Applications are available to area low-income homeowners in need of minor home repairs. Projects that may be completed include minor home repairs, painting, yard work and building wheelchair ramps for the handicapped. The program does not replace roofs, furnaces or windows.

In order to be eligible, applicants must own their own home and provide proof of income and ownership. Projects are not completed on a first-come, first-served basis, but rather by the abilities of the work groups and the repairs needed.

The application deadline is May 1. Interested homeowners are directed to contact Kevin Williams at (740) 282-8010 for an application.



Are you in need of an eye exam or new glasses? The mission’s vision care program can help qualified low-income individuals – children and adults – receive an exam and/or glasses free of charge. Contact Lisa Thomas at (740) 282-8010 or stop at the mission for an application.


Applications for the Robert E. Hutton Memorial Scholarship are available for low-income students of any age pursuing higher education.

The scholarship is named in memory of Hutton, who was a past executive director of the mission.

The application deadline is April 1.

For an application, contact the mission at (740) 282-8010.



Mortgage assistance remains available for families residing in Jefferson County who do not live in the city of Steubenville.

The program can help to assist families with bringing their mortgages and utilities up to date.

For information, contact Lisa Thomas at (740) 282-8010.


“Old-Time Pizza Party” will be the theme of the mission’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon that will be held April 11 beginning at noon at the Wintersville United Methodist Church located at 702 Main St., Wintersville.

“This will be an afternoon of great fellowship and good food,” Steele said.

“We also will be honoring our 2013 outstanding volunteers as well as remembering the faithful servants who have passed on during the last year.”

Anyone who volunteered with the mission during 2013 is welcome to attend and can RSVP by calling (740) 282-2911.


At its April food distribution, the mission also will provide a goodie bag filled with treats, including a bag of jelly beans.

The mission needs 1,200 bags of jellybeans which need brought to the mission by April 12.

The jellybean challenge issued by the mission has become popular with Sunday school classes and youth groups.