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.

News & Needs

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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Dec 04, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Friday and Saturday, if you buy a party tray from Chick-fil-A on Hillsborough Road and mention Urban Ministries of Durham, they will donate a small size of the same tray to UMD to be used during our holiday party for homeless clients on Dec.

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Dec 03, 2015

A sincere thank you to everyone who clicks through our interactive experience and donates.

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Dec 01, 2015

Offer food, shelter & a future to your neighbors in need like Larry Murden this #GivingTuesday by sharing through Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Nov 30, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham is recognized as the community’s key, nonsectarian safety net for homeless individuals and families in Durham County.

Information about openings in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations in the Triangle area and opportunity to sign up for job announcements.

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Nov 30, 2015

Even if you can’t always say yes to helping a neighbor, you can make sure that UMD always does.

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Nov 28, 2015

Your doorbell rings.

I answered the door.

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Nov 27, 2015

A man comes to your door, hungry, and you have a fridge full of leftovers.

I answered the door.

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Nov 26, 2015

Your Thanksgiving table is set and family is about to sit down when the doorbell rings.

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Nov 22, 2015

Your doorbell rings.

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Nov 20, 2015

Your doorbell rings.

I answered the door.

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Nov 18, 2015

Grab a cup of coffee and take a moment to read this beautiful piece in Our State magazine about how Urban Ministries of Durham's Community Cafe extends the North Carolina table to those who are hungry.

In line or behind the counter, the souls at Urban Ministries of Durham defy stereotypes.

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Nov 17, 2015

It's great to be part of INDY Week Give Guide again this year, where donors get rewards for sharing to help UMD and other great nonprofits.

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Nov 06, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Strings Attached of Durham's event.

Look! The first Strings Attached of Durham show of the fall is coming up in two weeks.

The inimitable Kate Campbell returns with her mix of memorable music steeped in deep Deep South images of unforgettable people and places.

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Oct 29, 2015

Thank you to Bank of America for joining us to fight #hunger and #homelessness here in our community.

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Oct 26, 2015

UMD is honored to be awarded support again by employees of Duke University and Duke University Health System through their Community Care Fund.

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Oct 23, 2015

Happening now: Our State Magazine features the Community Cafe at Urban Ministries of Durham in its November issue, just out, on the North Carolina table.

Join Our State magazine and the Urban Ministries of Durham as we lend a hand to those in need in the Durham community with a food drive.

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