The Forgotten Soul Festival

This Thanksgiving were most will be gathered around the table with family and friends, enjoying a festivity of fun, laughter and food, there will be others who will be searching and wishing for a hot meal to eat.  They may be thankful to be alive but would prefer a warm place to lay their head or to be amongst good cheer with their family and friends.  The House of Mtenzi on 1289 will be helping these individuals to at least enjoy a good hot meal, free clothing, prayer and fellowship.  On Thanksgiving Day, UCAN will partner with Cam Mtenzi from the House of Mtenzi, to restore the Dignity in the Homeless Community.

For the past 3 years, UCAN has volunteered to help feed the homeless with Cam at the House of Mtenzi. Good hot food such as green beans, chicken and dressing, corn bread, baked ham, sweet potatoes and potato salad is donated and provided to individuals.  New and gently worn clothes, skull caps, socks, scarves, hand sanitizer, toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, toilet tissue, soap and wash towels are provided.  Pastor from Christian Fellowship church will be there to provide prayer.  Last year Ms. Ruby Wilson was there to offer entertainment as they ate and received free hair cuts.

Volunteers from UCAN, Volunteer Mid-South and Cummins will be helping us be a blessing to the Forgotten Souls.


Models hit the runway for charity

Lights, camera, action all for a great cause at Lily Roze Studios.  Models, shoppers and vendors participated in UCAN’s 2nd Annual Clothes and Cocktails event held Saturday,  November 16 at 3pm.  Clothes and  Cocktails is an annual event to help UCAN’s Dare 2 Dream program for at-risk youth.  Designer clothes, new and gently worn men, women and children items were donated to the cause.  Shoes, purses, coats, dresses, and more were all under $10! This was a great bargain for Siren, one of the customers who shopped at Clothes and Cocktails.   This was her first time shopping with Clothes and Cocktails.  “I bought 2 shirts for my son and 2 vinatage outfits for myself.  This was a great shopping experience that I wish they did more than once a year.”  Lacarrius Thomas of Nikki T Fashions was there as a vendor this year but still had enough time to shop till she dropped! Vashauna was able to find great deals 50% off from Nikki T. Fashions. One father brought his son who said he wanted to shop for his mothers birthday gift.  He won a gift from one of our vendors.

Other great vendors and sponsors included included Tracey Lynn Jewelry,  Mary K Cosmectics, Jenuninely Chic Boutique, Skinny Fiber, Black Celebrity Giving, Evergreen Grill, Lily Roze Studios, Fred’s, Beauty and Beyond, and DMC Cleaners.  A mini fashion show was given by our own administrative assistant Mary and guest teen from the audience.  All proceeds are to benefit UCAN’s Dare 2 Dream program that helps motivate, lead, and teach ettiquette,  college and career readiness,  life skills and building on positive self esteem which includes our Stop Bullying Campaign. All clothes remaining will be donated to Dress for Success, Women Shelters, Feed the Homeless and other organizations.  You can become a volunteer, mentor or sponsor for UCAN by visiting or contacting us at 901-262-8642.

We hope to see you at our Christmas Dinner December 21 at 3pm at Lily Roze Studios.

Make a difference today!
Leshundra Robinson, President

You won’t hold me down

Saturday, November 9, UCAN was a proud participant of the Healing and Prayer Rally at Levitt Shell in Overton Park.  This event was the first of its kind with explosive prayers, dance, pastors from all around and community activists all coming together for a great heal.  Some in attendance include New Direction, Golden Gate Cathedral, Bethel A.M.E Church, Annoited Temple Church, 95.7 and many more!

As you know suicide takes a toll on far to many and now we have bullycide which is a form of bully suicide.  UCAN is rallying for the victims of bullying.  It has to STOP today! Take the action and help heal those that have low self esteem,  those that have been abused and misused,  those that are lost and looking for the right direction and those who are just looking for love.

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