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 or non-belief, sexual or political orientation.
We value supportive programs to advance education, establish more stable living situations, enable job readiness, and strengthen recovery.
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.
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.