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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, 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

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.

The "Your Brother Underpants of Compassion"View this post on Facebook

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.

It's just stuff -- until you don't have itView this post on Facebook

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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Nov 11, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Thank you, Butterball, for continuing your tradition of donating dozens of whole turkeys and hundreds of pounds of sliced turkey lunchmeat to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving to very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Nov 07, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Thank you Informatica LLC for partnering with Urban Ministries of Durham to benefit from your CAN-STRUCTION competition.

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Oct 24, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham offers workforce training using our campus as a training ground.

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Oct 06, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Claymakers's post.

Claymakers is one of several great artist communities that contributes the bowls for our Empty Bowls fundraiser each spring.

Five more beauties from the upcoming show! Join us for Steinfest: Opening night - Friday September 30, 2016 6-9 PM at Claymakers.

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Sep 12, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Duke School's photo.

Thank you, Duke School friends for using your Dragon Dash event this year to collect shoes for very poor and homeless neighbors seeking help at Urban Ministries of Durham.

Duke School will be hosting its annual Dragon Dash 5K Walk/Run & Kids Fun Run event on Sunday, September 25, 2016! This event is open to the public, and will be held on Duke School's Cross Country course. REGISTER HERE: http://ow.ly/TEsz3042HSS by September 14, for only $25 per person (5K), and for only $10 per child (Kids Fun Run)! Children and toddlers of all ages are welcome.

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Aug 15, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Duke Football players came to UMD recently to serve breakfast in the Community Cafe to hungry and homeless neighbors.

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Jul 29, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church found out that the UMD Community Cafe kitchen was limping along with an old food processor in deplorable condition -- and they arrived this morning to surprise Chef Larry with a new commercial model.

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Jun 27, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 8 new photos to the album: What Gabi learned about homeless people.

Githens Middle School student Gabi Overcast-Hawks did this art photography project for school after coming to UMD to speak with people experiencing homelessness.

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Jun 24, 2016

Indy Week did a great story about the new approach to ending homelessness -- which is to help each person do it as quickly as possible -- that Urban Ministries of Durham is part of.

In: rapid rehousing.

Durham Shelters Move Away from the Old Services ModelView this post on Facebook

Jun 03, 2016

Here's the pronunciation first: CHOC-o-lee FEST.

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May 14, 2016

A recent rainy day in Durham was a beautiful day for Isra Grimes, because it was the day he moved from the Urban Ministries of Durham homeless shelter into his very own apartment.

Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...

Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...View this post on Facebook

Apr 25, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.

A big thank you to Christ the King Moravian Church, who brought 30 people to UMD over the weekend to spruce up the grounds with mulch, plantings, and other attention.

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