For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ –Matthew 25: 35-36 (NIV), RUM brochure
Restoration Urban Ministries was established in 1993 by Reverend Ervin T. Williams, Executive Director. The outreach program began by serving food from the back of a truck in 1993. The residential program began the same year in a four-bedroom house. It moved to a small apartment building and grew into a 22-unit motel. It transferred to its current location in 1997 at 1206 and 1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign, IL. In 2004, RUM acquired a 10,000 square foot warehouse at 1208 Parkland Ct. to provide worship, classrooms, childcare, and offices that were previously housed in rented space on Mattis Avenue. Currently three different churches converge in this facility for worship on Sundays.
RUM’s history of technology use varies. In 1999 RUM’s staff operated four Windows computers used for bookkeeping and communications. In 2008, a computer lab was installed on premises for resident use. However, because of abuse of computer rights, public access has been revoked until a monitor can be hired to operate the computer lab. Occasionally, computers have been available as part of an after-school program that meets at RUM. Today RUM provides about 14 Windows XP computers for the staff.
Today RUM operates on a budget of $700,000 a year. Church services are on Sunday at 8 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 6 p.m. On a weekly basis they also offer Sunday school, Bible Studies, and Prayer Group. Substance Support Groups meet three times per week. The food distribution center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at no cost to those receiving food. Free clothing is distributed 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Some appliances and furniture are also available for distribution on a limited basis.