Mission & History

Mission

We connect with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need.

Core values

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

Respect

We believe in the inherent dignity and value of all people and believe no one's basic human needs should go unmet. We work to recognize and value each person's strengths and abilities and to welcome and care for people across the diversity of race, gender, religious beliefs and non-belief, and sexual and political orientation.

Collaboration

Recognizing that each person is in charge of their own life, we listen closely, work in partnership and support the ways that those in need help one other. We work in concert with many other organizations to end homelessness and extreme poverty. We believe we all benefit when we use resources efficiently, work as a team, and move forward together.

Accountability

Each person owns the successes and setbacks that result from their choices. We expect each other to live up to the commitments we have made and the goals we have set. We remind everyone in the community of each person's connection to all their neighbors and the duty to make our community more equitable.

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.

Non-discrimination policy

As a recipient of Federal, State, and local government financial assistance, and as a matter of policy and principle, Urban Ministries of Durham does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any client, volunteer or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Urban Ministries of Durham directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Urban Ministries of Durham arranges to carry out its programs and activities. Urban Ministries of Durham is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

UMD is committed to compliance with all applicable provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91, as well as all applicablestate and local government laws and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination.

News & Needs

Aug 15, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Duke Football players came to UMD recently to serve breakfast in the Community Cafe to hungry and homeless neighbors.

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Jul 29, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church found out that the UMD Community Cafe kitchen was limping along with an old food processor in deplorable condition -- and they arrived this morning to surprise Chef Larry with a new commercial model.

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Jun 27, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 8 new photos to the album: What Gabi learned about homeless people.

Githens Middle School student Gabi Overcast-Hawks did this art photography project for school after coming to UMD to speak with people experiencing homelessness.

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Jun 24, 2016

Indy Week did a great story about the new approach to ending homelessness -- which is to help each person do it as quickly as possible -- that Urban Ministries of Durham is part of.

In: rapid rehousing.

Durham Shelters Move Away from the Old Services ModelView this post on Facebook

Jun 03, 2016

Here's the pronunciation first: CHOC-o-lee FEST.

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May 14, 2016

A recent rainy day in Durham was a beautiful day for Isra Grimes, because it was the day he moved from the Urban Ministries of Durham homeless shelter into his very own apartment.

Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...

Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...View this post on Facebook

Apr 25, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.

A big thank you to Christ the King Moravian Church, who brought 30 people to UMD over the weekend to spruce up the grounds with mulch, plantings, and other attention.

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Apr 20, 2016

UMD needs your help to earn a crucial $65,000 grant from The Stewards Fund to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Apr 01, 2016

Here at UMD, we are seeing people become homeless and have difficulty leaving homelessness because of the lack of affordable housing in Durham -- rents go up, while entry-level wages stay flat.

The city carefully planned its economic revitalization.

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Mar 22, 2016

Seasons change, and as you reach toward the spring clothing in your closet, we hope you'll notice some spring items you can share to help homeless men and women at Urban Ministries of Durham -- and poor people from the community who come to our Clothing Closet.

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Mar 16, 2016

Our friends at Vert & Vogue are again debuting their spring collection in a way that helps offer food, shelter and a future to people who come to UMD seeking assistance.

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Mar 10, 2016

Durham Academy is a key partner in the work of UMD to offer food, shelter and a future to our neighbors in need.

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Mar 04, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.

Thank you, Durham.

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Mar 02, 2016

And here's the pot-making process at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, another valuable Empty Bowls contributor! Love our potter and woodturner friends so much.

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Feb 28, 2016

Durham Arts Council has been busy making bowls for Empty Bowls.

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Feb 26, 2016

Several days before Empty Bowls 2016 (March 3, Durham Convention Center), Premier and Hot Ticket types are already sold out! But at least for now, Soup Only and Soup+Bowl tickets remain available.

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Feb 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added an event.

This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, the most money ever, to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors through Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Feb 18, 2016

Get your tickets to come sample as many soups as you want from these chef kitchens preparing soup for Empty Bowls 2016, March 3 at Durham Convention Center: Bleu Olive, Brock Premier Culinary Service, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham Convention Center, Guglhupf Bakery Cafe & Restaurant, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas, The Mad Hatter's Cafe + Bakeshop, Pizzeria Toro, Pompieri Pizza, Saladelia Cafe, Saltbox Seafood Joint, The Forest at Duke, Toast.

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Feb 11, 2016

Just picked up dozens of beautiful Empty Bowls from Claymakers, one of the lovely artist communities that makes a gift of their work each year to raise money to help poor and homeless neighbors.

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Feb 03, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

It's just a month away -- the 10th annual Empty Bowls to benefit hungry and homeless clients of Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jan 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

It seems like we always announce this on a day that's just perfect for soup -- Empty Bowls 2016 tickets are on sale now! On March 3 at Durham Convention Center you'll taste signature soups from more than a dozen top chefs from the Triangle, and can take home a bowl handmade by a local artist.

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Dec 12, 2015

Naming a toilet plunger in honor of those you love is the perfect holiday gift -- as long as that plunger is helping to end homelessness.

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 08, 2015

If you donate toward the work UMD through INDY Week Give Guide today, you could win one of two great prizes.

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Dec 04, 2015

Thank you, Bronto Nation Bronto Software for helping decorate our Triangle Tree Challenge entry.

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