Mission & History
Our mission is to meet emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter; and to help those who are homeless secure a home and the resources to stay there.
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, sexual or political orientation.
We value supportive programs to advance education, establish more stable living situations, prepare for job-readiness, and strengthen recovery.
We build community partnerships to find long-term solutions toward the goal of eradicating 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 very 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 using the entire Urban Ministries Center and the Community Shelter facility next to it, to comprehensively address the emergency needs of the poor, hungry, and homeless in Durham, North Carolina.
News & Needs
Apr 16, 2014
Several members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Beta Chapter, are sleeping outdoors on the campus of NC Central University this week to better understand, draw attention to and raise support for the needs of their homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Apr 15, 2014
A powerful collaboration between Judea Reform, Beth El Synagogue and Kol Haskalah is making a difference in the lives of our poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Apr 11, 2014
Thank you to our friends in Catholic Daughters of the Americas - Court Durham and Immaculate Conception Church for your recent donation of Souper Bowl funds and toiletries for the Food Pantry.View this post on Facebook
Apr 03, 2014
Despite the construction, we continue to make room in our Resource Center building for activities that help shelter clients end their homelessness.View this post on Facebook
Mar 28, 2014
It's the good kind of mess! We're doing about $500,000 in high-priority renovations, thanks to the generosity of community partners.View this post on Facebook
Mar 20, 2014
It's really close! We need your vote for Housing for New Hope, our partner agency, on this webpage in the Community Development category, to secure $5,000 for rapid rehousing for homeless neighbors.
As part of the What Matters Community Luncheon, we are excited to present four $5,000 awards recognizing innovation in the Triangle region.View this post on Facebook
Mar 17, 2014
Thank you to our great friends at Vert & Vogue for holding UMD Day Saturday to celebrate their spring collection and making a wonderful cash donation to UMD.View this post on Facebook
Mar 14, 2014
It's Pi Day 2014! Will you celebrate by putting your name on a piece of pie we'll serve to your poor and homeless neighbors? https://t.co/R2l23YJ0aV.
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 PieView this post on Facebook
Mar 13, 2014
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Vert & Vogue's photo.
This spring collection sounds like it goes to 11.View this post on Facebook