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Established in 1983, Urban Ministries of Durham works holistically to end homelessness and meet the emergency needs of very poor and hungry neighbors through its programs and in partnership with other nonprofits. Using donations from the community and with the help of some 4,000 volunteers, UMD connects more than 6,000 people each year to food, shelter and a future.

We're a private, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the community. UMD offers food, shelter and a future to about 6,000 men, women and children annually.

News & Needs

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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Apr 20, 2016

UMD needs your help to earn a crucial $65,000 grant from The Stewards Fund to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Apr 01, 2016

Here at UMD, we are seeing people become homeless and have difficulty leaving homelessness because of the lack of affordable housing in Durham -- rents go up, while entry-level wages stay flat.

The city carefully planned its economic revitalization.

The Downside of Durham's RebirthView this post on Facebook

Mar 22, 2016

Seasons change, and as you reach toward the spring clothing in your closet, we hope you'll notice some spring items you can share to help homeless men and women at Urban Ministries of Durham -- and poor people from the community who come to our Clothing Closet.

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Mar 16, 2016

Our friends at Vert & Vogue are again debuting their spring collection in a way that helps offer food, shelter and a future to people who come to UMD seeking assistance.

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Mar 10, 2016

Durham Academy is a key partner in the work of UMD to offer food, shelter and a future to our neighbors in need.

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Mar 04, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.

Thank you, Durham.

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Mar 02, 2016

And here's the pot-making process at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, another valuable Empty Bowls contributor! Love our potter and woodturner friends so much.

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Feb 28, 2016

Durham Arts Council has been busy making bowls for Empty Bowls.

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Feb 26, 2016

Several days before Empty Bowls 2016 (March 3, Durham Convention Center), Premier and Hot Ticket types are already sold out! But at least for now, Soup Only and Soup+Bowl tickets remain available.

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Feb 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added an event.

This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, the most money ever, to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors through Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Feb 18, 2016

Get your tickets to come sample as many soups as you want from these chef kitchens preparing soup for Empty Bowls 2016, March 3 at Durham Convention Center: Bleu Olive, Brock Premier Culinary Service, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham Convention Center, Guglhupf Bakery Cafe & Restaurant, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas, The Mad Hatter's Cafe + Bakeshop, Pizzeria Toro, Pompieri Pizza, Saladelia Cafe, Saltbox Seafood Joint, The Forest at Duke, Toast.

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Feb 11, 2016

Just picked up dozens of beautiful Empty Bowls from Claymakers, one of the lovely artist communities that makes a gift of their work each year to raise money to help poor and homeless neighbors.

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Feb 03, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

It's just a month away -- the 10th annual Empty Bowls to benefit hungry and homeless clients of Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jan 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

It seems like we always announce this on a day that's just perfect for soup -- Empty Bowls 2016 tickets are on sale now! On March 3 at Durham Convention Center you'll taste signature soups from more than a dozen top chefs from the Triangle, and can take home a bowl handmade by a local artist.

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Dec 12, 2015

Naming a toilet plunger in honor of those you love is the perfect holiday gift -- as long as that plunger is helping to end 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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Dec 08, 2015

If you donate toward the work UMD through INDY Week Give Guide today, you could win one of two great prizes.

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Dec 04, 2015

Thank you, Bronto Nation Bronto Software for helping decorate our Triangle Tree Challenge entry.

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Dec 04, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Friday and Saturday, if you buy a party tray from Chick-fil-A on Hillsborough Road and mention Urban Ministries of Durham, they will donate a small size of the same tray to UMD to be used during our holiday party for homeless clients on Dec.

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Dec 03, 2015

A sincere thank you to everyone who clicks through our interactive experience and donates.

I answered the door.

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