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

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News & Needs

Jul 10, 2014

Come take part in a cool thing happening now at The Streets at Southpoint center court: 12-year-old Luna, in this video, persuaded Inspire Media to bankroll her project to spread happiness.

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Jul 05, 2014

Renee Corsi, her husband, dog and cat relocated to Durham from Cleveland in 2009.

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Jul 03, 2014

Lauren Goslin and her family were victims of Katrina.

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Jul 01, 2014

It's a season of transitions: Jean Mrosla (striped shirt, middle of front row) "retires" after 16 years volunteering in the UMD Food Pantry with Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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Jun 30, 2014

Exciting! The first packages from our Amazon wish list have begun to arrive -- will you purchase something to keep it going? Here is an update on where we are versus our goals for particular items: girls' size 6 briefs, 2 packages out of 100.

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Jun 25, 2014

We need new underwear. Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham. Urban Ministries of Durham: UMD wish listView this post on Facebook

Jun 15, 2014

These jammies are unstylish and cozy, just like dad's.

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Jun 14, 2014

Honor your dad for teaching you how to survive a close shave.

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Jun 13, 2014

Did your dad carry a jagged tangle of keys? Honor him by helping a homeless man at UMD get his first -- the key to his own apartment.

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Jun 12, 2014

Name this ladle after dad, and he'll be the quiet hero of Chili Night in the UMD Cafe.

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Jun 11, 2014

Show your dad he gave you the power to help others.

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Jun 05, 2014

People loved the bag lunch examples earlier this week.

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Jun 04, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham shared ABC11 WTVD's photo.

Happy ending -- thanks, Huggies! Many of the stolen diapers were to be shared with Urban Ministries of Durham for our Food Pantry/Clothing Closet clients.

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Jun 03, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham updated their cover photo.

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Jun 03, 2014

The Congregation at Duke Chapel this weekend tried a new idea to help encourage clients of our Community Cafe -- they wrote encouraging messages on these brown paper lunch bags.

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May 28, 2014

Quick quiz: Know what Txakoli is? It's pretty much the perfect summer wine.

TxakoliFest is to Six Plates what St.

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May 20, 2014

Very nice blog post by Urban Durham Realty's Lou Perron about the firm's contributions through UMD to help very poor and homeless neighbors and build a stronger community.

Part of what we do at Urban Durham Realty is to help support local nonprofits.

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May 15, 2014

Is that a well-worn concert tee underneath your business suit? Does your briefcase go into the backseat next to your guitar case? Battle of the Bands 2014 is your chance to rock the American Tobacco stage under the Lucky Strike tower to give food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors.

Today, McKinney announces the 2014 Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands.

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May 15, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham has received word of our largest single contribution, a bequest of $100,000 from Ben Ward.

We are compiling information about Ben Ward's life.

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