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

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! 





We ended homelessness for 245 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.


Play our award-winning online game, SPENT

410 Liberty Street, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 682-0538

News & Needs

Apr 21, 2014

It's National Community Development Week in Durham - showcasing positive impacts of federal funding programs.

The City of Durham is joining other communities across the country in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program with a week of events planned to showcase the positive impacts in Durham.

City of Durham - News and Noteworthy DetailsView this post on Facebook

Apr 16, 2014

Several members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Beta Chapter, are sleeping outdoors on the campus of NC Central University this week to better understand, draw attention to and raise support for the needs of their homeless neighbors.

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Apr 15, 2014

A powerful collaboration between Judea Reform, Beth El Synagogue and Kol Haskalah is making a difference in the lives of our poor and homeless neighbors.

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Apr 14, 2014

Bronto shows how companies can help their neighbors and community, all while making for a more satisfying place to work.

I had the pleasure of facilitating a community event between the Bronto Sales team and Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD).

500 Lunch Bags Packed for Urban Ministries of Durham!View this post on Facebook

Apr 11, 2014

Thank you to our friends in Catholic Daughters of the Americas - Court Durham and Immaculate Conception Church for your recent donation of Souper Bowl funds and toiletries for the Food Pantry.

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Apr 08, 2014

What a great honor for to be nominated for the prestigious Webby award.

Vote with me! – April 8th–24th.

Who should win a Webby for Web / Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit? Vote now.View this post on Facebook

Apr 03, 2014

Despite the construction, we continue to make room in our Resource Center building for activities that help shelter clients end their homelessness.

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Mar 28, 2014

It's the good kind of mess! We're doing about $500,000 in high-priority renovations, thanks to the generosity of community partners.

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Mar 25, 2014

Which do you think is more expensive? Paying to house the homeless, or doing nothing? UNC-Charlotte documents that doing nothing is vastly more expensive.

It's cheaper to give homeless men and women a permanent place to live than to leave them on the streets.

It's Actually Cheaper To House The Homeless Than To Leave Them On The StreetsView this post on Facebook

Mar 23, 2014

Help us get this $5,000 grant.

We need your vote...less than 1% separates us from the lead.

Housing for New HopeView this post on Facebook

Mar 20, 2014

It's really close! We need your vote for Housing for New Hope, our partner agency, on this webpage in the Community Development category, to secure $5,000 for rapid rehousing for homeless neighbors.

As part of the What Matters Community Luncheon, we are excited to present four $5,000 awards recognizing innovation in the Triangle region.

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Mar 18, 2014

This New York Times story aptly highlights the difficulty minimum-wage earners have escaping poverty, no matter how hard they might work.

For those at the low end of the hourly wage scale, even meeting basic household needs can be a stretch, and roads out of poverty are scarce.

Low-Wage Workers Finding It’s Easier to Fall Into Poverty, and Harder to Get OutView this post on Facebook

Mar 17, 2014

Great news -- a coalition that UMD is a part of is a finalist for a $5,000 innovation award.

As part of the What Matters Community Luncheon, we are excited to present four $5,000 awards recognizing innovation in the Triangle region.

Triangle Community Foundation | Grants & SupportView this post on Facebook

Mar 17, 2014

Thank you to our great friends at Vert & Vogue for holding UMD Day Saturday to celebrate their spring collection and making a wonderful cash donation to UMD.

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Mar 14, 2014

It's Pi Day 2014! Will you celebrate by putting your name on a piece of pie we'll serve to your poor and homeless neighbors?

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 PieView this post on Facebook

Mar 14, 2014

America knows exactly how to end chronic homelessness, and cities across the U.S.

Ending chronic homelessness seems to be going viral.

Momentum Grows for Ending Chronic HomelessnessView this post on Facebook

Mar 13, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Vert & Vogue's photo.

This spring collection sounds like it goes to 11.

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Mar 12, 2014

Lack of affordable housing in the Triangle is one of the very biggest problems affecting very poor neighbors and one of the biggest obstacles when one of our clients seeks to end his or her homelessness.

Durham city and county officials voted Tuesday on a plan to require at least 15 percent of housing between each transit stop in Durham County along the new Durham-Orange transit line to be affordable housing.

Durham officials approve plan for affordable housing along transit line - Triangle Business JournalView this post on Facebook
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