Mission & History
We connect with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need.
Urban Ministries of Durham is committed to offering a service environment that is based on:
We value individual diversity and foster dignity through the belief in each person's abilities.
Because we believe in the inherent dignity of all people, we don't turn away anyone who walks through our doors due to race, gender, religious beliefs or non-belief, sexual or political orientation.
We value supportive programs to advance education, establish more stable living situations, enable job readiness, and strengthen recovery.
We build community partnerships to find long-term solutions toward the goal of eradicating homelessness and extreme poverty.
We are committed to living out our core values in all our interactions with our clients, each other, and the community.
Urban Ministries of Durham has a long history in the downtown Durham Community. With leadership from area faith communities, the Urban Ministries Center was founded in 1983 as a host site for area service organizations. The Durham Community Shelter for HOPE was next door. In 2001, the Durham Community Shelter for HOPE, St. Philip’s Community Cafe, and the United Methodist Mission Society merged to form Urban Ministries of Durham.
Since 2001, UMD has operated as a campus, using both the Resource Center at Liberty and Queen streets and the Community Shelter at Liberty and Dillard streets to comprehensively address the emergency needs of the poor, hungry, and homeless in Durham, North Carolina.
News & Needs
Aug 17, 2015
Big news: After 6 and a half years of taking the work of Urban Ministries of Durham to a new level, Executive Director Patrice Nelson announces her plan to depart for new adventures in early 2016.View this post on Facebook
Jul 31, 2015
Remember how special you felt when you got a note on a napkin in your lunch? Pass on that same feeling by helping decorate lunch bags with kind words or drawings.View this post on Facebook
Jul 26, 2015
It's a race to the end! Let's see if you can fill in the last little bit of orange by Sunday night, getting there will help neighbors get clothes for years to come.View this post on Facebook
Jul 15, 2015
Thank you Six Plates Wine Bar for sharing the mission of UMD at Txokolifest this year and for raising thousands of dollars to meet the needs of your neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Jul 06, 2015
Help Melanie Stolp, UMD's new Food Pantry and Clothing Closet manager, purchase 9 large laundry bins to sort clothing donations and get people clothes more quickly.View this post on Facebook
Jun 15, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.
With temperatures this hot, it's especially dangerous to be homeless.View this post on Facebook
Jun 08, 2015
Go into the week feeling great because you're a part of a community that cares for your neighbors.View this post on Facebook
May 19, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
Carolina Closets Plus worked hard to upgrade our donation room.View this post on Facebook
May 14, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 11 new photos.
Keller Williams Realty - RED DAY - "Give where we live." took over UMD today with more than 50 Realtors and professional landscapers and painters.View this post on Facebook
May 08, 2015
Support UMD at Txakolifest, a food and wine festival at Six Plates Wine Bar, Saturday May 16th.View this post on Facebook
May 06, 2015
The insightful Elizabeth Poindexter of DurhamCares nails the importance of living-wage jobs for allowing people to be self sufficient through work, that American ideal.
In early March, Cocoa Cinnamon became one of the first companies in Durham certified as paying a living wage, thanks to efforts to streamline that process by the Durham Living Wage Project.Elizabeth Poindexter: Look for the orange logoView this post on Facebook
May 05, 2015
This great essay about the themes at Triangle Community Foundation's recent What Matters luncheon is right in line with how UMD is seeking to innovate to address homelessness and poverty in a metro area where success is leaving too many neighbors behind.
By Todd Cohen [Note: This was written for Triangle Community Foundation.] RALEIGH, N.C.Collaboration, flexibility seen key to changeView this post on Facebook
May 05, 2015
A great story in the N&O about UMD's partner agency, Wheels4Hope! They match people in need, including people who end their homelessness at UMD, with good, reliable used cars that open the door to better (and as with the man in this story, often second) jobs.
Wheels4Hope placed 18 refurbished, used cars with individuals and families in need of transportation during a charity golf event in Raleigh on Monday.Wheels4Hope provides freedom to those in needView this post on Facebook
Apr 29, 2015
For the third year in a row, clothing boutique Vert & Vogue is teaming up with Urban Ministries of Durham to help raise funds, boost community awareness, and stock the Dress for Success closets, which UMD clients rely on when they need office or work wear.View this post on Facebook
Apr 28, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.
UMD is thrilled to see Bronto Software honored for their corporate commitment to volunteering in the community and rockstar volunteer Bo Glenn receive the governor's award in addition to local honors at the Volunteer Center of Durham's awards banquet.View this post on Facebook
Apr 24, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Strings Attached of Durham's event.
Come enjoy great music with onsite childcare, and know that proceeds help offer food, shelter and a future to your neighbors in need right on the same block.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter returns for an intimate concert benefiting the work of @[125099621030:274:Urban Ministries of Durham].View this post on Facebook
Apr 22, 2015
Thank you to these The Fuqua School of Business students from Duke, who surveyed donors, volunteers and clients of the UMD Clothing Closet and measured its impact on those staying in the UMD shelter and low-income families from the community.View this post on Facebook