A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I Need Help

Urban Ministries of Durham provides help to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities or ethnicity.  The program is designed to provide short term assistance and time to gain renewed energy and direction for the next phase in the journey.

If you are hungry, come to the Community Café at one of the posted mealtimes. 

If you need groceries, clothing or need help sorting out the services in the community to help prevent you from becoming homeless, come to the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet at the posted times.

Beginning March 6th we will be signing in visitors to our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet in the Cafe. The line will form in the breezeway outside the door leading to our shelter. Sign up begins at 9am, please wait outside until instructed to come inside to sign in. 

If you are feeling lonely, depressed and in need of support, come to speak to the UMD chaplain at Bread for the Journey, come talk to someone who cares or stop by  to share a meal and perhaps even a laugh with others in the Community Café.

If you are homeless and need shelter, come to the Community Shelter Monday at 9 a.m. to reserve a bed for the week. We accept emergency referrals from affiliated orgainizations any day space is available. Call 919-682-0538 x221 to learn more.

If you are suffering from addiction and want to get serious about recovery, contact Leroy Joyner or learn more about Hope-Believe Recovery.

Urban Ministries does not provide financial assistance to meet emergency needs at this time. For this type of assistance, contact the Department of Social Services at  919-560-8000 or visit their website.

For a more complete listing of social services in the Durham community, visit our Partner Agencies & Community Resources page.

News & Needs

Dec 17, 2014

You can't name London, can't name France.

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

It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook

Dec 17, 2014

The congregation at Christus Victor Lutheran Church has a lovely tradition: A sock tree.

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Dec 16, 2014

Have you voted for Tree08 today? Log on to http://www.triangletreechallenge.com/ or text "Tree08" to the number 33733.

The Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge is back for a fifth year of holly, jolly prize awarding fun for nonprofits and the companies that support them!

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Dec 12, 2014

The Selective Enforcement Team of the Durham Police Department decided that this year instead of buying gifts for each other, they would buy gifts for their neighbors in need.

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Dec 10, 2014

Helping end homelessness can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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

It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook

Dec 09, 2014

At Duke University Chorale 's annual concert, attendees brought food donations on their way in to enjoy the music.

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Dec 08, 2014

On the 13th day of December see 10 lords of leaping and 9 ladies dancing in the student showcase for Ninth Street Dance.

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Dec 05, 2014

This year Urban Ministries of Durham partnered with Housing for New Hope, Genesis Home, and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network to submit one tree in the ATC Triangle Tree Challenge.

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Dec 05, 2014

This week we were visited by Cisco's HR team.

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Dec 04, 2014

That beeping nuisance that won’t stop until you change the fire alarm batteries? Ugh.

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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Dec 02, 2014

Why settle for win-win when we can make today a win-win-win? Naming an item used daily at Urban Ministries of Durham is a victory for you, a homeless neighbor, and whomever you choose to honor with your donation.

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

It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook

Nov 29, 2014

Have you begun your holiday shopping? It's a "Time of Sharing" at Vaguely Reminiscent on Ninth St.

Vaguely Reminiscent has it all! Fabulous women's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, socks, and that perfect gift for just about everyone.

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Nov 28, 2014

Join Motorco Saturday night for "The Thanksgiving Leftovers" and food drive for Urban Ministries of Durham with music by the Dye Wells, The Midnight Gladness Band and others! -$12 at the door.

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Nov 27, 2014

Pie: the delicious cherry on top of any Thanksgiving meal.

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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Nov 25, 2014

Spoiler alert -- this video has a happy ending because of all the caring people who connect with Urban Ministries of Durham.

Urban Ministries of Durham helped each of these four neighbors move from homelessness to safe homes of their own.

Urban Ministries of Durham helped each of these four neighbors move from homelessness to safe homes of their own. UMD, at umdurham.org, offers food, shelter ...View this post on Facebook

Nov 23, 2014

UMD Executive Director Patrice Nelson is featured in today's News & Observer as Tar Heel of the Week for the compassion and innovation she brings to offering food, shelter and a future to those in need.

Under Patrice Nelson’s leadership, Urban Ministries of Durham has moved from helping with temporary housing to a range of services focused on helping fix “broken” people.

DURHAM: At Urban Ministries of Durham, Patrice Nelson arranges broader help for those in need |...View this post on Facebook

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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