"The halls of UMD are alive with a spirit of hope and renewal." -Anna, UMD Volunteer


There are many ways to get involved at UMD and make a difference in someone’s life.

In a single year, more than 4,000 volunteers work with us to help their neighbors in need: individuals, communities of faith, groups from local colleges and universities and many K-12 schools, civic groups and businesses, large and small.

Together, all of them share in a variety of tasks to help one another and to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment that affirms the dignity of all.

We invite you to come and Share the Journey with us!

Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to serve, celebrate, raise funds, collect, learn, comfort and be comforted as our entire community shares the journey together. 

Volunteer today. Or organize a service project. Both are great ways to help us provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to our neighbors in need. Together we can build a stronger community of support and grow as people of character, humility, and compassion.

News & Needs

Apr 15, 2014

A powerful collaboration between Judea Reform, Beth El Synagogue and Kol Haskalah is making a difference in the lives of our poor and homeless neighbors.

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Apr 14, 2014

Bronto shows how companies can help their neighbors and community, all while making for a more satisfying place to work.

I had the pleasure of facilitating a community event between the Bronto Sales team and Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD).

500 Lunch Bags Packed for Urban Ministries of Durham!View this post on Facebook

Apr 11, 2014

Thank you to our friends in Catholic Daughters of the Americas - Court Durham and Immaculate Conception Church for your recent donation of Souper Bowl funds and toiletries for the Food Pantry.

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Apr 08, 2014

What a great honor for NamesForChange.org to be nominated for the prestigious Webby award.

Vote with me! – April 8th–24th.

Who should win a Webby for Web / Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit? Vote now.View this post on Facebook

Apr 03, 2014

Despite the construction, we continue to make room in our Resource Center building for activities that help shelter clients end their homelessness.

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Mar 28, 2014

It's the good kind of mess! We're doing about $500,000 in high-priority renovations, thanks to the generosity of community partners.

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Mar 25, 2014

Which do you think is more expensive? Paying to house the homeless, or doing nothing? UNC-Charlotte documents that doing nothing is vastly more expensive.

It's cheaper to give homeless men and women a permanent place to live than to leave them on the streets.

It's Actually Cheaper To House The Homeless Than To Leave Them On The StreetsView this post on Facebook

Mar 23, 2014

Help us get this $5,000 grant.

We need your vote...less than 1% separates us from the lead.

Housing for New HopeView this post on Facebook

Mar 20, 2014

It's really close! We need your vote for Housing for New Hope, our partner agency, on this webpage in the Community Development category, to secure $5,000 for rapid rehousing for homeless neighbors.

As part of the What Matters Community Luncheon, we are excited to present four $5,000 awards recognizing innovation in the Triangle region.

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Mar 18, 2014

This New York Times story aptly highlights the difficulty minimum-wage earners have escaping poverty, no matter how hard they might work.

For those at the low end of the hourly wage scale, even meeting basic household needs can be a stretch, and roads out of poverty are scarce.

Low-Wage Workers Finding It’s Easier to Fall Into Poverty, and Harder to Get OutView this post on Facebook

Mar 17, 2014

Great news -- a coalition that UMD is a part of is a finalist for a $5,000 innovation award.

As part of the What Matters Community Luncheon, we are excited to present four $5,000 awards recognizing innovation in the Triangle region.

Triangle Community Foundation | Grants & SupportView this post on Facebook

Mar 17, 2014

Thank you to our great friends at Vert & Vogue for holding UMD Day Saturday to celebrate their spring collection and making a wonderful cash donation to UMD.

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Mar 14, 2014

It's Pi Day 2014! Will you celebrate by putting your name on a piece of pie we'll serve to your poor and homeless neighbors? https://t.co/R2l23YJ0aV.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

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Mar 14, 2014

America knows exactly how to end chronic homelessness, and cities across the U.S.

Ending chronic homelessness seems to be going viral.

Momentum Grows for Ending Chronic HomelessnessView this post on Facebook

Mar 13, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Vert & Vogue's photo.

This spring collection sounds like it goes to 11.

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Mar 12, 2014

Lack of affordable housing in the Triangle is one of the very biggest problems affecting very poor neighbors and one of the biggest obstacles when one of our clients seeks to end his or her homelessness.

Durham city and county officials voted Tuesday on a plan to require at least 15 percent of housing between each transit stop in Durham County along the new Durham-Orange transit line to be affordable housing.

Durham officials approve plan for affordable housing along transit line - Triangle Business JournalView this post on Facebook

Mar 11, 2014

In case you missed it, check out this great piece in the N&O about Jackie Craig, head of an agency that's a great partner of ours, The Green Chair Project.

Working with cluttered homes sparked an idea for Jackie Craig.

RALEIGH: Tar Heel of the Week: Jackie Craig rebuilds lives with donated furniture | Wake County...View this post on Facebook

Mar 11, 2014

The people have spoken, as well, and they have some overlap with the judges.

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