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

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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Oct 30, 2014

A warm thank you for Beth El Synagogue and the leadership of Gary and Beth Berman for hosting the 5th annual What's Not to Like, A Yiddish Songfest to benefit UMD.

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Oct 27, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Sonam Chorus's event.

The Sonam Chorus has chosen Urban Ministries of Durham as the beneficiary for their All Saints Day concert.

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Oct 20, 2014

Heart Of Carolina Chorus has chosen Urban Ministries of Durham as their altruistic partner! They just presented UMD executive director Patrice Nelson with a generous contribution raised at the Bull City A Capella Slam hosted last month, which will offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need.

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Oct 10, 2014

The UPS truck just arrived and delivered a dozen cozy blankets for our Community Shelter residents.

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Oct 09, 2014

Temple Baptist Fish Fry - Huge Success! Thank you to all who cooked, ate and supported the fish fry.

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Oct 08, 2014

The nights are starting to get cooler -- and the UMD Community Shelter needs 100 twin blankets right away.

Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Sep 25, 2014

The Food Pantry is very low on groceries -- would you help us to fill it? We need peanut butter, powdered milk, canned veggies and meats, soups, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and grits.

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Sep 23, 2014

Join Temple Baptist Church, on Sterling Dr., Friday Oct.

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Sep 20, 2014

#TriangleBattle is so much fun.

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