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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Jul 29, 2015

Thank you to The Parlour for generously donating ice cream to UMD.

Welcome to The Parlour! We make incredible ice cream by hand in downtown Durham, NC.

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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.

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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.

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Jul 10, 2015

So far, so good -- people have shared enough to buy two of the nine bins needed.

Hi – I’m Melanie Stolp, and I really need your help to get this mountain of donated clothes to the people who need them.

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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.

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Jun 15, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

With temperatures this hot, it's especially dangerous to be homeless.

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Jun 08, 2015

Go into the week feeling great because you're a part of a community that cares for your neighbors.

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Jun 01, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham is here to help people live happier lives -- including people like you.

Most people are wrong about the things that will make them happy.

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May 26, 2015

You have to work more than 90 hours a week at minimum wage jobs to earn enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

Affordable housing still ‘out of reach' in the Triangle-area, report says.

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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

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].

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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

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

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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