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

Read the full release


NFC High Chair

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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News & Needs

Dec 12, 2014

The Selective Enforcement Team of the Durham Police Department decided that this year instead of buying gifts for each other, they would buy gifts for their neighbors in need.

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Dec 10, 2014

Helping end homelessness can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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

It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook

Dec 09, 2014

At Duke University Chorale 's annual concert, attendees brought food donations on their way in to enjoy the music.

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Dec 08, 2014

On the 13th day of December see 10 lords of leaping and 9 ladies dancing in the student showcase for Ninth Street Dance.

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Dec 05, 2014

This year Urban Ministries of Durham partnered with Housing for New Hope, Genesis Home, and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network to submit one tree in the ATC Triangle Tree Challenge.

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Dec 05, 2014

This week we were visited by Cisco's HR team.

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Dec 04, 2014

That beeping nuisance that won’t stop until you change the fire alarm batteries? Ugh.

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 02, 2014

Why settle for win-win when we can make today a win-win-win? Naming an item used daily at Urban Ministries of Durham is a victory for you, a homeless neighbor, and whomever you choose to honor with your donation.

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

It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook

Nov 29, 2014

Have you begun your holiday shopping? It's a "Time of Sharing" at Vaguely Reminiscent on Ninth St.

Vaguely Reminiscent has it all! Fabulous women's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, socks, and that perfect gift for just about everyone.

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Nov 28, 2014

Join Motorco Saturday night for "The Thanksgiving Leftovers" and food drive for Urban Ministries of Durham with music by the Dye Wells, The Midnight Gladness Band and others! -$12 at the door.

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Nov 27, 2014

Pie: the delicious cherry on top of any Thanksgiving meal.

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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Nov 25, 2014

Spoiler alert -- this video has a happy ending because of all the caring people who connect with Urban Ministries of Durham.

Urban Ministries of Durham helped each of these four neighbors move from homelessness to safe homes of their own.

Urban Ministries of Durham helped each of these four neighbors move from homelessness to safe homes of their own. UMD, at umdurham.org, offers food, shelter ...View this post on Facebook

Nov 23, 2014

UMD Executive Director Patrice Nelson is featured in today's News & Observer as Tar Heel of the Week for the compassion and innovation she brings to offering food, shelter and a future to those in need.

Under Patrice Nelson’s leadership, Urban Ministries of Durham has moved from helping with temporary housing to a range of services focused on helping fix “broken” people.

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Nov 20, 2014

Our friends from Bank of America stopped by this morning to serve a hot breakfast to 250 hungry and cold men, women and children.

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Nov 10, 2014

Honor cards are holiday greeting cards that let your coworkers, family members, friends and all those on your holiday card list know you've made a donation in their honor, to help very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Nov 07, 2014

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

What are you doing next Friday, Nov.

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Nov 05, 2014

For the second year in a row you can find UMD in the INDY Week Give Guide and online at http://give.indyweek.com/Nonprofits/Human-Services-and-Social-Action/Urban-Ministries-of-Durham.

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Nov 03, 2014

This Saturday, like every Saturday, UMD received an abundance of fresh vegetables from Durham Farmers' Market.

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