The evening of March 3: Tickets onsale now!

It's the tenth anniversary of Empty Bowls our signature special event, and this year, our goal is to raise $100,000, the most money ever, to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors through Urban Ministries of Durham. You'll have the chance to sample soups prepared by more than a dozen local chefs (restaurants to be announced in February) and vote for your favorites. Local artists and artisans are making hundreds of hand-crafted bowls, and you can choose a ticket that allows you to select one to take home. The family-friendly evening (kids 6 and under admitted free for soup only) lets you have a great time with friends and learn a little bit more about the work UMD to feed, clothe and shelter your neighbors. Learn more and buy your tickets right now!


Your doorbell rings. A man needs your help. Will you answer?


We ended homelessness for 237 people in one year.

We welcome neighbors in need regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or disability. Our programs end homelessness by giving neighbors emergency shelter and case management to help them overcome such barriers as unemployment, medical and mental health problems, and addiction. We welcome more than 6,000 people each year who come seeking food, shelter, clothing and supportive services through these main programs:

Community Shelter for men, women, and families who need a safe emergency place to sleep. We offer case management to all shelter clients through our Journey Programs.

Community Café serves 3 meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to shelter guests and anyone who is hungry.

Food Pantry and Clothing Closet distribute groceries and clothing to very poor and homeless neighbors.


You can now play SPENT, our online game about surviving poverty, on phones and tablets


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Gifts that give twice.

Connect yourself and your friends with everyday things that enable food, shelter and a future for our clients. From tampons to teddy bears, drug test urine cups to deodorant, cans of vegetables to caseworkers, naming rights are available at namesforchange.org -- the most interesting and meaningful gift they'll get this year.

Many thanks to McKinney for developing the site. Now, please do your part: use it and share your certificate of naming rights, like this one, where everyone can see it! 

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Feb 03, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

It's just a month away -- the 10th annual Empty Bowls to benefit hungry and homeless clients of Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jan 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

It seems like we always announce this on a day that's just perfect for soup -- Empty Bowls 2016 tickets are on sale now! On March 3 at Durham Convention Center you'll taste signature soups from more than a dozen top chefs from the Triangle, and can take home a bowl handmade by a local artist.

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Dec 12, 2015

Naming a toilet plunger in honor of those you love is the perfect holiday gift -- as long as that plunger is helping to end homelessness.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

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Dec 08, 2015

If you donate toward the work UMD through INDY Week Give Guide today, you could win one of two great prizes.

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Dec 04, 2015

Thank you, Bronto Nation Bronto Software for helping decorate our Triangle Tree Challenge entry.

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Dec 04, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Friday and Saturday, if you buy a party tray from Chick-fil-A on Hillsborough Road and mention Urban Ministries of Durham, they will donate a small size of the same tray to UMD to be used during our holiday party for homeless clients on Dec.

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Dec 03, 2015

A sincere thank you to everyone who clicks through our interactive experience and donates.

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Dec 01, 2015

Offer food, shelter & a future to your neighbors in need like Larry Murden this #GivingTuesday by sharing through Urban Ministries of Durham.

This is a great cause! Join me in my efforts to support them.

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Nov 30, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham is recognized as the community’s key, nonsectarian safety net for homeless individuals and families in Durham County.

Information about openings in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations in the Triangle area and opportunity to sign up for job announcements.

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Nov 30, 2015

Even if you can’t always say yes to helping a neighbor, you can make sure that UMD always does.

I answered the door.

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Nov 28, 2015

Your doorbell rings.

I answered the door.

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Nov 27, 2015

A man comes to your door, hungry, and you have a fridge full of leftovers.

I answered the door.

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Nov 26, 2015

Your Thanksgiving table is set and family is about to sit down when the doorbell rings.

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Nov 22, 2015

Your doorbell rings.

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Nov 20, 2015

Your doorbell rings.

I answered the door.

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Nov 18, 2015

Grab a cup of coffee and take a moment to read this beautiful piece in Our State magazine about how Urban Ministries of Durham's Community Cafe extends the North Carolina table to those who are hungry.

In line or behind the counter, the souls at Urban Ministries of Durham defy stereotypes.

A Daily Slice of Life at Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Nov 17, 2015

It's great to be part of INDY Week Give Guide again this year, where donors get rewards for sharing to help UMD and other great nonprofits.

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Nov 06, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Strings Attached of Durham's event.

Look! The first Strings Attached of Durham show of the fall is coming up in two weeks.

The inimitable Kate Campbell returns with her mix of memorable music steeped in deep Deep South images of unforgettable people and places.

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Oct 29, 2015

Thank you to Bank of America for joining us to fight #hunger and #homelessness here in our community.

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Oct 26, 2015

UMD is honored to be awarded support again by employees of Duke University and Duke University Health System through their Community Care Fund.

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Oct 23, 2015

Happening now: Our State Magazine features the Community Cafe at Urban Ministries of Durham in its November issue, just out, on the North Carolina table.

Join Our State magazine and the Urban Ministries of Durham as we lend a hand to those in need in the Durham community with a food drive.

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