In the early 1980’s a group of parents and concerned clergy members from the United Methodist Church came together in Winston-Salem to form a task force to address the needs of “persons with handicapped needs.” Recognizing that there were insufficient residential programs to help aging parents and foster the independence of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, these pioneers forged partnerships, advocated, and secured funding to start UMAR. The first residential home in High Point was generously donated by Bill Ervin, and now bears his name.   

Across the years, UMAR grew to support adults from all walks of life to LIVE, WORK, and THRIVE in their own communities through group homes, independent and supported living, vocational services and art programs in 11 cities across western North Carolina. Today, with the help of a dedicated community of families, volunteers, businesses, and churches—UMAR continues to empower adults with disabilities to live their best independent life.

Be ALL IN, and join us on the journey!


UMAR is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting community inclusion, independence and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, vocational and cultural enrichment opportunities.



UMAR will pioneer diverse and lifelong supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout North Carolina, serving as the provider of choice for four key stakeholder groups: members and their families, NC DHHS, health plans, and employees.


  • Service quality
  • Supportive environment
  • Person-centered planning
  • Respectability
  • Honesty and trust
  • Church involvement


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UMAR Services, Inc.
5350 77 Center Drive, Suite 201
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
P: 704.875.1328 F: 704.875.9276



Amy Gilliam - Director of Quality Management
704.659.7641 - AmyG@umarnc.org



Andra Eason - Chief Development Officer
704.659.7624 - AndraE@umarnc.org



Charlotte Arts Center
3015 South Tryon Street, Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28217

Lincolnton Arts Center
232 East Main Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Reidsville Arts Center
231 South Scales Street
Reidsville, NC 27320

Tax ID (EIN) | 56-1381671