Our History

Galveston, Texas
A sand-barrier island on the southeast coast of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston, Texas is about 27 miles long and 3 miles at its widest point. Much of Galveston's modern economy is centered in the tourism, healthcare, shipping and financial industries. The 84-acre University of Texas Medical Branch campus with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students is a major economic force of the city. Galveston is home to six historic districts containing one of the largest and historically significant collections of nineteenth-century buildings with more than 60 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The people of the island (the non-tourists) distinguish each other in two ways: "BOI" (Born On the Island) and "IBC" (Islander By Choice).

The Galveston County Daily News, founded in 1842, is the city's primary newspaper and the oldest continuously printed newspaper in Texas galvestondailynews.com or visit the City of Galveston cityofgalveston.org for more information.

The History of G.U.M.
Begun out of a desire to expand replicable models of Christian Community Development and neighboring, in 2005, a group from Waco began exploring different cities in central Texas that were in need and fit certain criteria. With poverty rates more than 25% in this city of 57,000 (before Hurricane Ike), the 2008 Hurricane Ike flooding that destroyed portions of the city, and limited resources to address these issues, it was clear that Galveston would benefit from our targeted, community approach programming.

Armed with a three year startup grant from Christian Mission Concerns and a passion for urban ministry, Josh and Danielle Dorrell (IBC's) moved to Galveston during the summer of 2010 to seek out God's call on their lives to serve the city and begin the non-profit organization.

They have spent a great deal of time asking questions to community leaders and residents and listening to the needs of the community. We have engaged in conversation and relationships with the school district, the housing authority, and local churches, all of which have been very welcoming and supportive of our philosophy of ministry and what we are committed to. While listening to the community, we have come to understand that some of the greatest needs are in children and youth programs that develop students and encourage growth, as well as job training that provides resume building, interview skills, and networking that leads to employment and retention.

Committed to the idea of Christian Community Development and the principles that lovingly empower and transforms communities, we have begun building a non- profit that will serve the needs of the community. We use three concepts to guide our development: 1.) Engaging the community, 2.) Equipping the church and local community to serve, 3.) Empowering programs that are holistic.