Last fall, volunteers planted daffodil bulbs outside the renovated Urban Ministries of Durham Resource Center. I loved the idea of them, but all winter, I looked at the icy mulch just having to believe they were down there.
Over the past five years, Jacinta, 31, sat on the street near that flower bed with her partner Fred many hours a day. They occasionally ate in the UMD Café but didn’t stay in the shelter, opting instead for the fringe of society: streets, abandoned buildings, and chronic flux and homelessness. Jacinta kept her head down and covered. She rarely spoke. Though they have two children, an 8-year-old daughter and a baby staying with relatives, it seemed nothing any of us said made a difference.
Then one day, I saw Jacinta inside UMD, in our literacy class! She had decided to work toward a better future. The change was scary, but with her baby about to turn 1, she was tired of how she was living. She’s blooming. In our LIFT employment preparedness program, Jacinta aims to earn her GED by June, get a job and an apartment, and eventually live there with her children.
Oh, happy spring! At Urban Ministries of Durham, daffodils that concealed their potential for a long season beneath the mulch, ice, and mud found their season to sprout and flower.
You'll feel great today if you share a gift through UMD to prepare a place for the next Jacinta to open to her full potential. All eligible gifts, made through May 31st, will be matched by The Stewards Fund. Your gifts are vital to ensure that UMD receives the $70,000 all-or-nothing match.
Patrice Nelson, executive director
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.
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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