Mission & History

Mission

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. 

Core values

Urban Ministries of Durham is committed to offering a service environment that is based on:

Respect

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. 

Support

We value supportive programs to advance education, establish more stable living situations, enable job readiness, and strengthen recovery.

Collaboration

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.

History

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

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 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 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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Dec 17, 2014

You can't name London, can't name France.

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 17, 2014

The congregation at Christus Victor Lutheran Church has a lovely tradition: A sock tree.

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Dec 16, 2014

Have you voted for Tree08 today? Log on to http://www.triangletreechallenge.com/ or text "Tree08" to the number 33733.

The Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge is back for a fifth year of holly, jolly prize awarding fun for nonprofits and the companies that support them!

Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge | ' . HOME . 'View this post on Facebook

Dec 12, 2014

The Selective Enforcement Team of the Durham Police Department decided that this year instead of buying gifts for each other, they would buy gifts for their neighbors in need.

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Dec 10, 2014

Helping end homelessness can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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
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