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

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!

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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.

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Dec 09, 2014

At Duke University Chorale 's annual concert, attendees brought food donations on their way in to enjoy the music.

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Dec 08, 2014

On the 13th day of December see 10 lords of leaping and 9 ladies dancing in the student showcase for Ninth Street Dance.

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Dec 05, 2014

This year Urban Ministries of Durham partnered with Housing for New Hope, Genesis Home, and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network to submit one tree in the ATC Triangle Tree Challenge.

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Dec 05, 2014

This week we were visited by Cisco's HR team.

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Dec 04, 2014

That beeping nuisance that won’t stop until you change the fire alarm batteries? Ugh.

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

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Dec 02, 2014

Why settle for win-win when we can make today a win-win-win? Naming an item used daily at Urban Ministries of Durham is a victory for you, a homeless neighbor, and whomever you choose to honor with your donation.

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

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Nov 29, 2014

Have you begun your holiday shopping? It's a "Time of Sharing" at Vaguely Reminiscent on Ninth St.

Vaguely Reminiscent has it all! Fabulous women's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, socks, and that perfect gift for just about everyone.

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Nov 28, 2014

Join Motorco Saturday night for "The Thanksgiving Leftovers" and food drive for Urban Ministries of Durham with music by the Dye Wells, The Midnight Gladness Band and others! -$12 at the door.

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Nov 27, 2014

Pie: the delicious cherry on top of any Thanksgiving meal.

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

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Nov 25, 2014

Spoiler alert -- this video has a happy ending because of all the caring people who connect with Urban Ministries of Durham.

Urban Ministries of Durham helped each of these four neighbors move from homelessness to safe homes of their own.

Urban Ministries of Durham helped each of these four neighbors move from homelessness to safe homes of their own. UMD, at umdurham.org, offers food, shelter ...View this post on Facebook

Nov 23, 2014

UMD Executive Director Patrice Nelson is featured in today's News & Observer as Tar Heel of the Week for the compassion and innovation she brings to offering food, shelter and a future to those in need.

Under Patrice Nelson’s leadership, Urban Ministries of Durham has moved from helping with temporary housing to a range of services focused on helping fix “broken” people.

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Nov 20, 2014

Our friends from Bank of America stopped by this morning to serve a hot breakfast to 250 hungry and cold men, women and children.

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Nov 10, 2014

Honor cards are holiday greeting cards that let your coworkers, family members, friends and all those on your holiday card list know you've made a donation in their honor, to help very poor and homeless neighbors.

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