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.
News & Needs
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.View this post on Facebook
Dec 09, 2014
At Duke University Chorale 's annual concert, attendees brought food donations on their way in to enjoy the music.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook
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.Vaguely ReminiscentView this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
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.View this post on Facebook
Nov 07, 2014
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Strings Attached of Durham's event.
What are you doing next Friday, Nov.View this post on Facebook
Nov 05, 2014
For the second year in a row you can find UMD in the INDY Week Give Guide and online at http://give.indyweek.com/Nonprofits/Human-Services-and-Social-Action/Urban-Ministries-of-Durham.View this post on Facebook
Nov 03, 2014
This Saturday, like every Saturday, UMD received an abundance of fresh vegetables from Durham Farmers' Market.View this post on Facebook