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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

Aug 13, 2014

Yesterday, the truck delivered a commercial refrigerator purchased by a generous person from the community to use in our Food Pantry.

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Aug 11, 2014

Ramkrishna Vedanta Society -- “Serving UMD is the best thing that ever happened to this organization.” On May 5, 2013, the Ramkrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina served lunch for the first time and has continued to do so every other month on the first Sunday.

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Aug 08, 2014

Our neighbors from St Philip's Episcopal Church lent a helping hand yesterday morning in the Food Pantry to prepare grocery bags for our very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Aug 07, 2014

Leoneda Inge of North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC writes about the new version of our online game about surviving poverty, SPENT, which plays on tablets and smartphones as well as PCs.

In 2011, a new videogame premiered that not many expected would be a hit.

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Jul 26, 2014

Happy 25th Anniversary to Merge Records, which named this stove at UMD to keep it cookin' with gas for our neighbors.

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Jul 23, 2014

Guess who? A surprise visit from Benson Memorial UMC Church in Raleigh! These youths arrived with over 1,000 lbs of food and re-stocked our Food Pantry shelves, which get dangerously empty this time of year.

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Jul 20, 2014

This group of teenage friends got together on Monday afternoon at one girl's home to write inspirational messages on bags for lunches to be handed out in the UMD Community Cafe.

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Jul 18, 2014

Think about your grocery list and what’s most essential for you and your family: Socks and underwear, breakfast cereal, soap, toilet paper or even feminine hygiene products probably come to mind.

Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jul 10, 2014

Come take part in a cool thing happening now at The Streets at Southpoint center court: 12-year-old Luna, in this video, persuaded Inspire Media to bankroll her project to spread happiness.

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Jul 05, 2014

Renee Corsi, her husband, dog and cat relocated to Durham from Cleveland in 2009.

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Jul 03, 2014

Lauren Goslin and her family were victims of Katrina.

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Jul 01, 2014

It's a season of transitions: Jean Mrosla (striped shirt, middle of front row) "retires" after 16 years volunteering in the UMD Food Pantry with Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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Jun 30, 2014

Exciting! The first packages from our Amazon wish list have begun to arrive -- will you purchase something to keep it going? Here is an update on where we are versus our goals for particular items: girls' size 6 briefs, 2 packages out of 100.

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Jun 25, 2014

We need new underwear.

Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jun 15, 2014

These jammies are unstylish and cozy, just like dad's.

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Jun 14, 2014

Honor your dad for teaching you how to survive a close shave.

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Jun 13, 2014

Did your dad carry a jagged tangle of keys? Honor him by helping a homeless man at UMD get his first -- the key to his own apartment.

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Jun 12, 2014

Name this ladle after dad, and he'll be the quiet hero of Chili Night in the UMD Cafe.

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Jun 11, 2014

Show your dad he gave you the power to help others.

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