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Charity Navigator Four Star Charity

We are proud to announce that Urban Ministries of Durham has received the highest possible rating, four stars, from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator, ranking charities by evaluating two broad areas of performance: fiancial health and accountability and transparency. Receiving four stars indicates that UMD adheres to good governance and other best practices and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. 

Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant 

Guidestar Gold

Urban Ministries of Durham is a Gold-level Guide Star Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. 

Keeper of the Dream Award

On Janurary 21, 2013 Urban Ministries of Durham was presented the Keeper of the Dream Award by the Durham Community Martin L. King, Jr. Steering Committee. 

The Keeper of the Dream Award is a public recognition of individuals, organizations, or institutions for outstanding leadership and/or service to improve the quality of life for all citizens and work toward racial equality, human rights, peace, and economic justice for all people. 

Women in Business Award

On August 21, 2012 the Triangle Business Journal announced Patrice Nelson, Executive Director of Urban Ministries of Durham, as a winner of the 2012 Women in Business Award.

"This year's Women in Business winners represent a consummate balance of business success and community building," says Bryan Hamilton, publisher, Triangle Business Journal. "These are women who have held themselves to extraordinary goals and have persevered through many obstacles to accomplish them."

Effie Award

Urban Ministries of Durham won two 2012 North American Effie Awards for SPENT in the category of Media Idea and for SPENT in the category of Media Innovation. 

Developed by McKinney, a Durham-based advertising agency, SPENT challenges players to make it through the month on their last $1,000.  Changes in employment, housing, medical costs, and other expenses force the SPENT player to make difficult choices that often compromise the health, safety, or integrity of their families.  Unfortunately, this game is the reality for many of the 6,000 people who come to UMD each year because they have simply run out of options. www.playspent.org

Receiving an Effie Award signifies your work was one of the most effective marketing efforts of last year, incorporating an insightful communications strategy, outstanding creativity, and the market results to prove it worked.  Effie entries go through two rigorous rounds of judging and a small percentage of entering cases emerge as winners.

Business Excellence Award, Non Profit Category, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

On September 15, 2011 the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce presented Urban Ministries of Durham with a Business Excellence Award in the Non Profit Category.

The award is given to recognize non profits that demonstrate superior performance, quality and consistency in the pursuit of its mission, as well as its programmatice offerings to the community and overall non profit management excellence.

W. Deen Mohammed Award for Humanitarian Service

The W. Deen Mohammed Islamic Center of Durham presented the award to Urban Ministries of Durham on May 14th, during the 2011 Promoting Human Excellence Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet.

Imam A. Munir Mohammed announced that the award "[recognizes] citizens and organizations of Durham for their commitment to interfaith dialogue, humanitarian service, and other areas that enrich community life in our great city."

Durham County Commissioners Community Circle Award

The Durham County Board of County Commissioners presented the November 2010 Commissioners Community Circle Award to UMD during the November 22 evening session.

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Father George Mader Award

On November 14, 2009 Urban Ministries of Durham was recognized by the Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS) with the Father George Mader Award.

Since 1988, the award has been given to honor organizations and individuals that encourage men and women to serve others in the United States and abroad.  It is named after Father George Mader of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, who in 1963, together with his sister Patricia Mader Stalker, founded what is today known as the Catholic Network of Volunteer Service.  The group is a national membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs that fosters and promotes full-time national and international service opportunities for people of all backgrounds svenska spel casino, ages and skills.  

Urban Ministries of Durham, founded by volunteers and heavily supported by a vast network of volunteers, is extremely honored gracious for this recognition of achievement.

News & Needs

May 12, 2017

UMD could not offer food, shelter and a future without the help of more than 4,000 volunteers annually.

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Apr 21, 2017

We're excited to be a finalist for Indy Week's Best of the Triangle in the Durham nonprofit category.

Click to give Urban Ministries of Durham the win.

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Mar 17, 2017

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

Shop for a cause! Thanks V&V; in the past few years you and your customers have raised enough money to end homelessness for two people.

✨ Come shop to support your neighbors in need! ✨ On Saturday, March 18th, we are donating 20% of the days total in-store and online sales to UMD.

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Mar 17, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Stop by and shop the latest spring collections at Vert & Vogue tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th and help your neighbors in need.

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Mar 07, 2017

Are you watching the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament today? Much of North Carolina is or wants to -- and that includes homeless men staying in our shelter, a very basic, barracks-style bunkroom.

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Mar 04, 2017

And the Empty Bowls Judges Choice Awards went to: Croasdaile Retirement Village, first place; Bleu Olive, second place; and Mothers & Sons Trattoria, third place.

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Mar 03, 2017

Empty Bowls was a great success.

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Mar 01, 2017

Great story by Anthony Wilson WTVD aired tonight! Check it out and get your tickets: http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

Now in its 11th year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Urban Ministries brings local chefs together in a friendly competition to see who can make Durham's best soup.

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Mar 01, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Anthony Wilson WTVD's video.

Anthony Wilson WTVD takes you behind the scenes of his story that will air this afternoon at 4:30 and 5:30 on ABC 11 about how chefs and potters prepare for Empty Bowls, to be held Thursday, March 2, at Durham Convention Center.

Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:.

Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:View this post on Facebook

Feb 28, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Enjoy chef-made soups, artist-made bowls and festivity to offer neighbors food, shelter and a future.

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Feb 20, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Soups for March 2's RTI International Presents Empty Bowls to Benefit Urban Ministries of Durham have been announced, including selections by Littler Durham, Dashi, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas and 12 others! See the list and buy tickets http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

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Feb 13, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared A Lotta Love's post.

This transformation was remarkable.

Today was another fantastic day for A Lotta Love.

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Feb 13, 2017

Sneak peek at some of the bowls being produced for RTI International Presents Empty Bowls 2017 to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham! Be sure you buy your ticket today for the March 2 event, and select a ticket level that entitles you to one of these beauties.

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Jan 27, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for Empty Bowls, UMD's signature fundraising event March 2 featuring soup from a dozen of Durham's best restaurants and artist-made bowls.

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Dec 30, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Share a financial gift through Urban Ministries of Durham to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need like Kathy House and Anthony Jackson.

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Dec 13, 2016

Can't name London.

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 05, 2016

This plunger helps end homelessness at Urban Ministries of Durham.

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, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Urban Ministries of Durham is once again proud to participate in the Triangle Tree Challenge at American Tobacco Campus.

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Dec 02, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

Thank you Cisco Systems @ RTP, for volunteering to decorate the Community Cafe and other spaces at Urban Ministries of Durham in holiday regalia.

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Dec 01, 2016

While Urban Ministries of Durham case workers help a homeless person make a plan to gain income and affordable housing, we provide him or her a safe place to sleep in our Community Shelter.

Click to donate now and shelter a homeless neighbor this holiday season, getting him or her on the road to a sustainable way of life.

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Nov 28, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham doesn't just provide emergency meals and shelter -- we help solve homelessness.

With your holiday contribution, this work can continue.

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Nov 22, 2016

Once again www.NamesForChange.org is offering you the naming rights to dozens of items Urban Ministries of Durham uses to solve homelessness.

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 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Indigo Envelope's photo.

Indigo Envelope, a Durham invitations and paper goods company, is donating a fifth of the price of their holiday card sales to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need at Urban Ministries of Durham.

If you're going to purchase holiday cards this year, consider making a donation to help someone who is struggling right now.

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Nov 17, 2016

As you prepare to be thankful with your family, please know Lorie is thankful to everyone who made Urban Ministries of Durham available to her http://tinyurl.com/helpUMD.

The community offered Lorie food, shelter and a future.

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