Shelter Journey Programs

UMD’s Community Shelter has 81 beds for men, 30 for women and nine family rooms with a total of 38 beds for parents and their children, for a total of 149 beds. There are also 25 overflow mats that supplement the bed space when needed, especially during severe weather (including when the temperature is below freezing) known as White Flag nights, for a total of 174 beds. The shelter now seeks to provide every single client not just with food and shelter, but also with a future, offering case management to end their homelesness through our Journey Programs

New Arrivals

Our main check-in for new arrivals is held each Monday morning beginning at 10 a.m. We accept referrals from other agencies and from clergy from supporting faith communities 24 hours per day, seven days a week. New arrivals receive a bed for the next 14 nights and have access to hygiene products and showers, the Clothing Closet, meals in the Café and Bread for the Journey

Journey Programs

During each person's 14-day new arrival period, our staff gets to know him or her and uses assessment tools to pair the person with the best Journey Program case manager to help end their homelessness. In collaboration with his or her case manager, each person makes a Housing Plan, a series of goals that need to be accomplished to leave the shelter for their own apartment. People working toward their Housing Plan goals can stay in the shelter as long as they need, typically one to three months. Case managers offer coordinated referrals to our partner service providers in the community, who help with goals such as finding a job, improving literacy, resolving legal issues, getting health and mental health care, and others. 

There are six Journey Program tracks.

  1. Journey Outreach:  Provides specialized care for those with medical or mental health conditions that present a barrier.
  2. Journey Tech: Designed for people whose primary concerns are underemployment and lack of the stable living conditions. Participants may be newly homeless due to recent job losses or evictions and/or working part-time, in school, or actively seeking employment.
  3. Journey Vets: Tailored to the particular needs of military veterans, this program partners closely with Veterans Affairs.
  4. Journey Recovery: This portion of the Journey Program incorporates UMD’s Hope/Believe Recovery Program and helps up to 70 people a year move from addiction toward recovery and independent living. 
  5. Journey Family: Meets the unique needs of homeless families, including obtaining suitable child care.
  6. Journey Forward: This group is designed to help people with fewer barriers move very quickly into housing -- within 30 days. This track offers classes on formatting a resume, practicing for an interview and managing a budget alongside weekly case management and supportive group sessions.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) and others specializing in meeting the needs of homeless individuals emphasize that rapid intervention with case management, stabilization and re-housing during the early months of homelessness is the most effective way to prevent families and individuals from falling into patterns of chronic homelessness.  (Opportunities for Systems Transformation and Sustainability, April 2009, NAEH) UMD’s Journey Programs take such a housing stability-oriented approach to addressing homelessness in Durham, North Carolina.

UMD collaborates with local partners as part of Durham’s area wide System of Care. One key strategy is the Rehousing Program operated out of the UMD shelter in conjunction with Housing for New Hope. The System of Care enables UMD and each client to draw upon the resources of the entire community.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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