Dear Friends,

Last fall, volunteers planted daffodil bulbs outside the renovated Urban Ministries of Durham Resource Center. I loved the idea of them, but all winter, I looked at the icy mulch just having to believe they were down there.

Over the past five years, Jacinta, 31, sat on the street near that flower bed with her partner Fred many hours a day. They occasionally ate in the UMD Café but didn’t stay in the shelter, opting instead for the fringe of society: streets, abandoned buildings, and chronic flux and homelessness. Jacinta kept her head down and covered. She rarely spoke. Though they have two children, an 8-year-old daughter and a baby staying with relatives, it seemed nothing any of us said made a difference.

Then one day, I saw Jacinta inside UMD, in our literacy class! She had decided to work toward a better future. The change was scary, but with her baby about to turn 1, she was tired of how she was living. She’s blooming. In our LIFT employment preparedness program, Jacinta aims to earn her GED by June, get a job and an apartment, and eventually live there with her children.

Oh, happy spring! At Urban Ministries of Durham, daffodils that concealed their potential for a long season beneath the mulch, ice, and mud found their season to sprout and flower.

You'll feel great today if you share a gift through UMD to prepare a place for the next Jacinta to open to her full potential. All eligible gifts, made through May 31st, will be matched by The Stewards Fund. Your gifts are vital to ensure that UMD receives the $70,000 all-or-nothing match.

Will you share a gift now?

Warmly,


 
 
 

Patrice Nelson, executive director


We ended homelessness for 289 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 connect clients with the resources they need to remain stable after getting an apartment of their own. And we compassionately provide emergency essentials like food and clothing to very poor neighbors and connect them with additional help in our community.

How do we help?

Urban Ministries of Durham welcomes more than 6,000 people each year who come seeking food, shelter, clothing and supportive services.

We also welcome representatives of partner agencies, thousands of volunteers, more than 60 diverse communities of faith, groups from every local college and university and many K-12 schools, and civic groups and businesses, large and small.

We connect to create a welcoming, caring environment where people can heal, find hope and rebuild their lives.

Our programs include:

Community Shelter for men, women, and families who need a safe place to sleep in an emergency. We offer case management to all shelter clients, with intensive case management for the most common needs available through our Journey Programs.

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

Food Pantry and Clothing Closet distributes groceries and clothing to the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless.

 


Online game SPENT released for mobile devices!

Urban Ministries of Durham, the nonprofit behind a game about surviving poverty, and its ad agency, McKinney, announce that SPENT can now be played on phones and tablets. Launched in February 2011, SPENT continues to be played by millions of people in hundreds of countries. This and the fact that more and more people worldwide are using Web browsers on their mobile devices warranted an HTML version of the game, which was originally developed using Flash.

Play SPENT now

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Make something ordinary special --

name it after you or a loved one.

Check out NAMES FOR CHANGE, the new immersive online experience from Urban Ministries of Durham. The new website teaches about poverty and homelessness and offers the naming rights to scores of different items UMD uses to rebuild lives.

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.

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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May 20, 2015

Matt Stutzman runs High Strung Violins and Guitars.

One week ago I met Gordon by chance.

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May 19, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Carolina Closets Plus worked hard to upgrade our donation room.

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May 14, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 11 new photos.

Keller Williams Realty - RED DAY - "Give where we live." took over UMD today with more than 50 Realtors and professional landscapers and painters.

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May 08, 2015

Support UMD at Txakolifest, a food and wine festival at Six Plates Wine Bar, Saturday May 16th.

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May 06, 2015

Chronically homeless people come to Urban Ministries of Durham because they have nowhere else to go.

An $11 million plan to put Charlotte’s 516 chronically homeless people into apartments got a needed boost this week from a new UNC Charlotte study that illustrates the millions of tax dollars to be saved from the initiative.

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May 06, 2015

The insightful Elizabeth Poindexter of DurhamCares nails the importance of living-wage jobs for allowing people to be self sufficient through work, that American ideal.

In early March, Cocoa Cinnamon became one of the first companies in Durham certified as paying a living wage, thanks to efforts to streamline that process by the Durham Living Wage Project.

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May 05, 2015

This great essay about the themes at Triangle Community Foundation's recent What Matters luncheon is right in line with how UMD is seeking to innovate to address homelessness and poverty in a metro area where success is leaving too many neighbors behind.

By Todd Cohen [Note: This was written for Triangle Community Foundation.] RALEIGH, N.C.

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May 05, 2015

A great story in the N&O about UMD's partner agency, Wheels4Hope! They match people in need, including people who end their homelessness at UMD, with good, reliable used cars that open the door to better (and as with the man in this story, often second) jobs.

Wheels4Hope placed 18 refurbished, used cars with individuals and families in need of transportation during a charity golf event in Raleigh on Monday.

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Apr 29, 2015

For the third year in a row, clothing boutique Vert & Vogue is teaming up with Urban Ministries of Durham to help raise funds, boost community awareness, and stock the Dress for Success closets, which UMD clients rely on when they need office or work wear.

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Apr 28, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

UMD is thrilled to see Bronto Software honored for their corporate commitment to volunteering in the community and rockstar volunteer Bo Glenn receive the governor's award in addition to local honors at the Volunteer Center of Durham's awards banquet.

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Apr 25, 2015

Jump for a good cause! Bring a canned good to Skyzone - Durham,1720 Guess Rd.

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Apr 24, 2015

Come enjoy great music with onsite childcare, and know that proceeds help offer food, shelter and a future to your neighbors in need right on the same block.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter returns for an intimate concert benefiting the work of @[125099621030:274:Urban Ministries of Durham].

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Apr 22, 2015

Thank you to these The Fuqua School of Business students from Duke, who surveyed donors, volunteers and clients of the UMD Clothing Closet and measured its impact on those staying in the UMD shelter and low-income families from the community.

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Apr 15, 2015

Have kids in Durham Public Schools? Hundreds of their classmates are homeless -- 903 homeless kids in public schools right now.

DPS sees substantial growth in homeless students since 2009 Apr.

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Apr 14, 2015

Oh yeah -- Strings Attached show coming up a week from Friday! These are great shows in an intimate, listening-room format at St.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter returns for an intimate concert benefiting the work of @[125099621030:274:Urban Ministries of Durham].

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Mar 31, 2015

Let us know your thoughts about the way privilege and opportunity are discussed in this video.

With a recycling bin and some scrap paper.

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Mar 20, 2015

Today, we're pleased to announce UMD has been awarded a $7,500 grant from BJ's Charitable Foundation of BJ's Wholesale Club! $6,500 will go toward preparing meals in the Community Cafe three times a day to anyone in the community who needs it and $1,000 toward the purchase of bus passes for Journey Program clients staying in the Community Shelter.

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Mar 17, 2015

Saturday, two faith communities, Immaculate Conception Church and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chapel Hill, spent the afternoon working together to sort clothes in the UMD Clothing Closet, which serves 480 families per month! Thank you and all the congregations that help for all your hard work!

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Mar 09, 2015

A great selfie taken by our esteemed soup judges and excellent emcees Lowdown Show having fun at Empty Bowls! Thank you for sharing your time and talent to help your neighbors.

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Mar 06, 2015

Many of you will remember that murdered UNC-CH graduate dentistry student Deah Barakat had volunteered to help homeless people with dental needs at Urban Ministries of Durham shortly before his senseless murder last month.

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Mar 05, 2015

Okay, y'all, don't worry.

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Mar 04, 2015

Empty Bowls is filling up -- Regular Soup+Bowl and soup-only tickets remain available.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

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Feb 27, 2015

Our Empty Bowls event is this Thursday in downtown Durham! This is a Premier ticket bowl, a turned wooden creation by Steve Criscenzo.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

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Feb 23, 2015

Durham's the foodiest small city in the South, and all her finest chefs are making their signature soups for you to try.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

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