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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 2,000 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

Feb 23, 2015

Durham's the foodiest small city in the South, and all her finest chefs are making their signature soups for you to try.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Feb 20, 2015

Come to Empty Bowls, March 5 at Durham Convention Center.

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Feb 19, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham created an event.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope.

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Feb 18, 2015

Today's weather putting you in the mood for some soup? It's the perfect day to buy your tickets to sample 12 by top Triangle chefs the evening of March 5 at Durham Convention Center.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Feb 17, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

The weather outside is downright dangerous, but that only makes the community's efforts to offer food, shelter and a future through Urban Ministries of Durham even more important.

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Feb 06, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham Executive Director Patrice Nelson is featured in the Conversations at Fletcher interview series.

Patrice Nelson, Urban Ministries Durham Nov 25, 2014 http://ajf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Patrice-Nelson-Podcast.mp3 Patrice Nelson, the executive director of Urban Ministries Durham, joins us for an earnest discussion about homelessness.

Patrice Nelson, Urban Ministries Durham | A.J. Fletcher FoundationView this post on Facebook

Feb 03, 2015

Be a philanthropist and a romantic this Valentine's day and call on Heart Of Carolina Chorus to help neighbors in need and surprise your valentine with a sweet serenade.

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Feb 02, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.

Ooooh -- a sneak peek at beautiful Empty Bowls bowls in progress at Claymakers Arts Community.

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Jan 30, 2015

Can we talk? The New York Times discusses a hard-to-discuss problem we seek to address here at Urban Ministries of Durham: Poor and homeless women's lack of feminine hygiene products, which can cause not just distress but a host of other difficulties, including missing school and work.

For women living in poverty, the cost of feminine hygiene products is yet another burden on an already stretched budget.

Helping Women and Girls. Period.View this post on Facebook

Jan 23, 2015

Soup's on! Our 9th annual Empty Bowls event will be Thursday March 5 at the Durham Convention Center.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Jan 20, 2015

In addition to the support of the Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority provided us on Monday, other community groups and individuals came together to honor Dr.

MomsRising organized an event at Northgate Mall to teach children about the civil rights movement.

MLK Day event teaches youth about Civil Rights MovementView this post on Facebook

Jan 06, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

The Forest at Duke always arrives to volunteer with huge smiles on their faces.

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Jan 05, 2015

Do you like round numbers? Ones like $70,000? As of this post, we're just $141 short of that milestone on namesforchange.org.

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

Jan 02, 2015

The road to ending homelessness requires a driver’s license. Without an ID, you can’t get a job or rent an apartment.

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

Fight homelessness with this IDView this post on Facebook

Dec 31, 2014

Let’s start the year on the right foot.

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

Fight homelessness with this Interview OutfitView this post on Facebook

Dec 29, 2014

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. On days like this we want to make sure everyone has the right clothing.

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

Fight homelessness with this Winter CoatView this post on Facebook

Dec 27, 2014

At Urban Ministries of Durham, we recognize that hard times can fall on anyone.

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

Fight homelessness with this Move-Out KitView this post on Facebook

Dec 25, 2014

PJs are the go-to Christmas gift.

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

Fight homelessness with these PajamasView this post on Facebook

Dec 23, 2014

So you forgot a present for your second cousin twice-removed and here she is at the Christmas party.

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 21, 2014

Is it four legs and a flat top or is it something more? Important things happen at these tables.

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

Fight homelessness with this TableView this post on Facebook

Dec 20, 2014

"A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing." You can't end homelessness by yourself.

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 19, 2014

What if you had to eat dinner in the dark? A light bulb is only a thing until you don’t have it.

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

Names for Change | Light BulbView this post on Facebook

Dec 19, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

We wish you were here to see it! This week people staying in the Community Shelter and other neighbors were able to come to UMD to pick out gifts for each other and their families, wrap them, and write holiday cards to family and friends which were then mailed by volunteers.

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