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

Dec 05, 2016

This plunger helps end homelessness at Urban Ministries of Durham.

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, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Urban Ministries of Durham is once again proud to participate in the Triangle Tree Challenge at American Tobacco Campus.

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Dec 02, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

Thank you Cisco Systems @ RTP, for volunteering to decorate the Community Cafe and other spaces at Urban Ministries of Durham in holiday regalia.

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Dec 01, 2016

While Urban Ministries of Durham case workers help a homeless person make a plan to gain income and affordable housing, we provide him or her a safe place to sleep in our Community Shelter.

Click to donate now and shelter a homeless neighbor this holiday season, getting him or her on the road to a sustainable way of life.

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Nov 28, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham doesn't just provide emergency meals and shelter -- we help solve homelessness.

With your holiday contribution, this work can continue.

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Nov 22, 2016

Once again www.NamesForChange.org is offering you the naming rights to dozens of items Urban Ministries of Durham uses to solve 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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Nov 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Indigo Envelope's photo.

Indigo Envelope, a Durham invitations and paper goods company, is donating a fifth of the price of their holiday card sales to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need at Urban Ministries of Durham.

If you're going to purchase holiday cards this year, consider making a donation to help someone who is struggling right now.

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Nov 17, 2016

As you prepare to be thankful with your family, please know Lorie is thankful to everyone who made Urban Ministries of Durham available to her http://tinyurl.com/helpUMD.

The community offered Lorie food, shelter and a future.

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Nov 11, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Thank you, Butterball, for continuing your tradition of donating dozens of whole turkeys and hundreds of pounds of sliced turkey lunchmeat to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving to very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Nov 07, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Thank you Informatica LLC for partnering with Urban Ministries of Durham to benefit from your CAN-STRUCTION competition.

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Oct 24, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham offers workforce training using our campus as a training ground.

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Oct 06, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Claymakers's post.

Claymakers is one of several great artist communities that contributes the bowls for our Empty Bowls fundraiser each spring.

Five more beauties from the upcoming show! Join us for Steinfest: Opening night - Friday September 30, 2016 6-9 PM at Claymakers.

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Sep 12, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Duke School's photo.

Thank you, Duke School friends for using your Dragon Dash event this year to collect shoes for very poor and homeless neighbors seeking help at Urban Ministries of Durham.

Duke School will be hosting its annual Dragon Dash 5K Walk/Run & Kids Fun Run event on Sunday, September 25, 2016! This event is open to the public, and will be held on Duke School's Cross Country course. REGISTER HERE: http://ow.ly/TEsz3042HSS by September 14, for only $25 per person (5K), and for only $10 per child (Kids Fun Run)! Children and toddlers of all ages are welcome.

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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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