Mission & History

Mission

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. 

Core values

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

Respect

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. 

Support

We value supportive programs to advance education, establish more stable living situations, enable job readiness, and strengthen recovery.

Collaboration

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.

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

Jul 26, 2014

Happy 25th Anniversary to Merge Records, which named this stove at UMD to keep it cookin' with gas for our neighbors.

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Jul 23, 2014

Guess who? A surprise visit from Benson Memorial UMC Church in Raleigh! These youths arrived with over 1,000 lbs of food and re-stocked our Food Pantry shelves, which get dangerously empty this time of year.

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Jul 20, 2014

This group of teenage friends got together on Monday afternoon at one girl's home to write inspirational messages on bags for lunches to be handed out in the UMD Community Cafe.

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Jul 18, 2014

Think about your grocery list and what’s most essential for you and your family: Socks and underwear, breakfast cereal, soap, toilet paper or even feminine hygiene products probably come to mind.

Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jul 10, 2014

Come take part in a cool thing happening now at The Streets at Southpoint center court: 12-year-old Luna, in this video, persuaded Inspire Media to bankroll her project to spread happiness.

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Jul 05, 2014

Renee Corsi, her husband, dog and cat relocated to Durham from Cleveland in 2009.

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Jul 03, 2014

Lauren Goslin and her family were victims of Katrina.

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Jul 01, 2014

It's a season of transitions: Jean Mrosla (striped shirt, middle of front row) "retires" after 16 years volunteering in the UMD Food Pantry with Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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Jun 30, 2014

Exciting! The first packages from our Amazon wish list have begun to arrive -- will you purchase something to keep it going? Here is an update on where we are versus our goals for particular items: girls' size 6 briefs, 2 packages out of 100.

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Jun 25, 2014

We need new underwear.

Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Jun 15, 2014

These jammies are unstylish and cozy, just like dad's.

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Jun 14, 2014

Honor your dad for teaching you how to survive a close shave.

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Jun 13, 2014

Did your dad carry a jagged tangle of keys? Honor him by helping a homeless man at UMD get his first -- the key to his own apartment.

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Jun 12, 2014

Name this ladle after dad, and he'll be the quiet hero of Chili Night in the UMD Cafe.

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Jun 11, 2014

Show your dad he gave you the power to help others.

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Jun 05, 2014

People loved the bag lunch examples earlier this week.

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Jun 04, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham shared ABC11 WTVD's photo.

Happy ending -- thanks, Huggies! Many of the stolen diapers were to be shared with Urban Ministries of Durham for our Food Pantry/Clothing Closet clients.

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Jun 03, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham updated their cover photo.

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Jun 03, 2014

The Congregation at Duke Chapel this weekend tried a new idea to help encourage clients of our Community Cafe -- they wrote encouraging messages on these brown paper lunch bags.

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May 28, 2014

Quick quiz: Know what Txakoli is? It's pretty much the perfect summer wine.

TxakoliFest is to Six Plates what St.

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