UrbanPromise is now in our second decade of service in Wilmington. Youth in our programs are graduating high school and entering college at unprecedented rates. The retention, attendance, and growth of our programs are strong. Sharing life in Christ has transformed a large, diverse, and growing corps of volunteers, organizations, businesses, schools, neighbors and families.
1994: Rob Prestowitz volunteers with UrbanPromise Camden to help their struggling microbusiness
1998: UrbanPromise opens its first site, Camp Victory, on the East Side of Wilmington
1999: Staff house is purchased on the East Side; Camp Freedom is added on the North Side
2001: Camp Promise (West Side) becomes UP’s third program site
2002: UrbanPromise School is founded and begins with K4 and K5 classes
2005: UrbanPromise School moves to 2401 Thatcher St.
2006: Thatcher St. Headquarters purchased
2007: Work Group initiative begins; Camp Harmony (Middle School) established
2007: West Side site and staff house and purchased; Camp Hope (Southbridge) launched
2009: James Whitely becomes the first StreetLeader to graduate from college
2010: UrbanPromise Academy high school holds first classes; UrbanTrekkers launched
2011: Sports Ministry Program begins with basketball and ultimate football programs
2012: Camp Amen becomes the sixth camp and 2nd middle school program (South Bridge)