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 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
Aug 28, 2015
To kick off the new school year Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church lined up five grills in the parking lot to cook hot dogs and hamburgers for the 500 people who came to eat dinner at UMD last night.View this post on Facebook
Aug 17, 2015
Big news: After 6 and a half years of taking the work of Urban Ministries of Durham to a new level, Executive Director Patrice Nelson announces her plan to depart for new adventures in early 2016.View this post on Facebook
Jul 31, 2015
Remember how special you felt when you got a note on a napkin in your lunch? Pass on that same feeling by helping decorate lunch bags with kind words or drawings.View this post on Facebook
Jul 26, 2015
It's a race to the end! Let's see if you can fill in the last little bit of orange by Sunday night, getting there will help neighbors get clothes for years to come.View this post on Facebook
Jul 15, 2015
Thank you Six Plates Wine Bar for sharing the mission of UMD at Txokolifest this year and for raising thousands of dollars to meet the needs of your neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Jul 06, 2015
Help Melanie Stolp, UMD's new Food Pantry and Clothing Closet manager, purchase 9 large laundry bins to sort clothing donations and get people clothes more quickly.View this post on Facebook
Jun 15, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.
With temperatures this hot, it's especially dangerous to be homeless.View this post on Facebook
Jun 08, 2015
Go into the week feeling great because you're a part of a community that cares for your neighbors.View this post on Facebook
May 19, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
Carolina Closets Plus worked hard to upgrade our donation room.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
May 08, 2015
Support UMD at Txakolifest, a food and wine festival at Six Plates Wine Bar, Saturday May 16th.View this post on Facebook
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.Elizabeth Poindexter: Look for the orange logoView this post on Facebook
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.Collaboration, flexibility seen key to changeView this post on Facebook
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.Wheels4Hope provides freedom to those in needView this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
Apr 24, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Strings Attached of Durham's event.
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].View this post on Facebook