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
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
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].View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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!View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
Feb 18, 2015
Today's weather putting you in the mood for some soup? It's the perfect day to buy your tickets to sample 12 by top Triangle chefs the evening of March 5 at Durham Convention Center.
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.United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook
Feb 17, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.
The weather outside is downright dangerous, but that only makes the community's efforts to offer food, shelter and a future through Urban Ministries of Durham even more important.View this post on Facebook
Feb 06, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham Executive Director Patrice Nelson is featured in the Conversations at Fletcher interview series.
Patrice Nelson, Urban Ministries Durham Nov 25, 2014 http://ajf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Patrice-Nelson-Podcast.mp3 Patrice Nelson, the executive director of Urban Ministries Durham, joins us for an earnest discussion about homelessness.Patrice Nelson, Urban Ministries Durham | A.J. Fletcher FoundationView this post on Facebook
Feb 03, 2015
Be a philanthropist and a romantic this Valentine's day and call on Heart Of Carolina Chorus to help neighbors in need and surprise your valentine with a sweet serenade.View this post on Facebook
Feb 02, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.
Ooooh -- a sneak peek at beautiful Empty Bowls bowls in progress at Claymakers Arts Community.View this post on Facebook
Jan 30, 2015
Can we talk? The New York Times discusses a hard-to-discuss problem we seek to address here at Urban Ministries of Durham: Poor and homeless women's lack of feminine hygiene products, which can cause not just distress but a host of other difficulties, including missing school and work.
For women living in poverty, the cost of feminine hygiene products is yet another burden on an already stretched budget.Helping Women and Girls. Period.View this post on Facebook
Jan 06, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.
The Forest at Duke always arrives to volunteer with huge smiles on their faces.View this post on Facebook
Jan 05, 2015
Do you like round numbers? Ones like $70,000? As of this post, we're just $141 short of that milestone on namesforchange.org.
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
Jan 02, 2015
The road to ending homelessness requires a driver’s license.
Without an ID, you can’t get a job or rent an apartment.
Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.Fight homelessness with this IDView this post on Facebook