C-U at Home was founded in 2011 by Melany Jackson. Her passion and commitment to serving the homeless stemmed from a history of helping those in need. Between 2005-2008 she earned her Master of Divinity in Kansas City, in addition to being a leader for Midwestern Evangelism Teams. These groups spent a couple of hours in the downtown core each week ministering to people from every walk of like, which included many who were needy. In 2009, she moved back to Champaign and spent a year serving at Salt & Light, a ministry dedicated to helping those in need with basic food and clothing.

Then, in December of 2010, Melany began going out on the Canteen Run, a ministry of Partnering Against Homelessness and The Salvation Army, dedicated to taking food, clothing, hygiene products and information out on a truck to those who were in need in the community. During this time, she was also reading a book called, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, by David Platt. God was moving in her heart through the book and her time at the Canteen Run. On a very cold, winter night, everything changed when she met someone in need that was showing early signs frostbite. The Canteen Run team prayed for the man, asking God to keep him safe and warm. Melany was shocked when the man asked if he could pray for them, that they would be safe and warm that night. That moment changed everything for her.

In May of 2011, she began liquidating her assets to begin C-U at Home and develop it full-time. She also moved to Restoration Urban Ministries in order to live in a transitional housing setting herself, while leading this effort to serve the homeless population. In April of 2011 Melany was elected to chair the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless. These organizations are all committed to serving the homeless population. In May of 2012, Melany was appointed as the Executive Director of C-U at Home. She served as the Executive Director of C-U at Home for the next six years. Her dream of helping those in need grew to a staff of six people, a day-time drop in center, transitional housing, and a large community awareness event that still continues today.

In May of 2017, Melany announced that she felt called to pursue a time of rest in Colorado Springs. Rob Dalhaus III, the Managing Director, was given the role of Executive Director in her stead.

C-U at Home continues to thrive and grow, always seeking to serve the least of these and remaining a place where anyone is welcome.

Learn more about our history by watching a video from our founder!

The Start of C-U at Home

Opening of The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center

Second Phoenix Location on 34 E. Green

First friend without an address housed!

The Phoenix: Hope is Rising, our documentary is complete!