Proud to Partner With United Way
Urban Ministries of Durham is a proud member of the UWGT-funded Coalition to End Family Homelessness in Durham along with four other nonprofits and local government to create an end-to-end system to help families end their homelessness. Thank you to all who contribute through the United Way campaigns at your workplace. You're helping offer food, shelter and a future to homeless families.
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
Nov 06, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Strings Attached of Durham's event.
Look! The first Strings Attached of Durham show of the fall is coming up in two weeks.
The inimitable Kate Campbell returns with her mix of memorable music steeped in deep Deep South images of unforgettable people and places.View this post on Facebook
Oct 29, 2015
Thank you to Bank of America for joining us to fight #hunger and #homelessness here in our community.View this post on Facebook
Oct 26, 2015
UMD is honored to be awarded support again by employees of Duke University and Duke University Health System through their Community Care Fund.View this post on Facebook
Oct 21, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Durham Academy's album.
Durham Academy Middle School had a day of service today, and all the students in this album are doing something to offer their neighbors in need food, shelter and a future.
Durham Academy Middle School is so grateful to Urban Ministries of Durham for allowing us to play a small part in your important work today! We were all struck by how simple it can be to make a difference in another person's life; thank you for the opportunity!
These photos show students creating food care packages and making sandwiches on campus, and we also had the chance to visit the UMD facility.View this post on Facebook
Oct 21, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.
Challah for Hunger is a model for young people to meet, explore their mutual responsibility to heal the world through activism and philanthropy, and engage in community and Jewish tradition.View this post on Facebook
Oct 20, 2015
These staffers from the City of Durham's Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Department stopped by Monday to present a lovely check for proceeds from Durham Seven Stars cornhole tournament.View this post on Facebook
Oct 18, 2015
Urban Minstries of Durham shares this writer's deep concerns that cuts to already meager SNAP benefits by state lawmakers will only harm those experiencing poverty and will increase homelessness, which is expensive to society.
With the Durham CROP Walk’s “End Hunger Games” activities over the past week, we have been given another nudge to get engaged in correcting the injustice of hunger in a land of plenty.Shame is not on poor but on state lawmakersView this post on Facebook
Oct 15, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.
Carin Caves had a very special idea for celebrating her husband, Kevin's, birthday (He's the one with the beard in the Underdog shirt).View this post on Facebook
Oct 01, 2015
It's Socktober, y'all! NCCU student Mariah Perkins is listening to the call of Kid President and taking the lead on collecting 1,000 packs of socks and 500 other needed items for neighbors facing homelessness and poverty and seeking help at Urban Ministries of Durham.
Kid President believes it is time we took back the internet and did something awesome.View this post on Facebook
Sep 24, 2015
Claymakers is one of the amazing pottery groups/guilds that creates hundreds of beautiful, handmade clay bowls for each year's Empty Bowls event.
Check out http://claymakers.org! Claymakers is an arts community dedicated to pottery and the clay arts.Steinfest 2015View this post on Facebook
Sep 18, 2015
The clothing sorting happened here at Urban Ministries of Durham, where Deah had volunteered personally very shortly before his death.
On September 17, 2015 more than 350 UNC School of Dentistry students spread out across the Triangle to do volunteer service in honor of their classmates Deah...View this post on Facebook
Sep 14, 2015
Basic banking services are just one thing that's far more expensive for those living in poverty.
WHEN Ken Martin, a hat-seller, pays his monthly child-support bill, he uses a money order rather than writing a cheque.It’s expensive to be poorView this post on Facebook
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