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. 

Core values

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

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.

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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.

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Nov 07, 2014

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

What are you doing next Friday, Nov.

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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.

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Nov 03, 2014

This Saturday, like every Saturday, UMD received an abundance of fresh vegetables from Durham Farmers' Market.

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Oct 30, 2014

A warm thank you for Beth El Synagogue and the leadership of Gary and Beth Berman for hosting the 5th annual What's Not to Like, A Yiddish Songfest to benefit UMD.

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Oct 27, 2014

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Sonam Chorus's event.

The Sonam Chorus has chosen Urban Ministries of Durham as the beneficiary for their All Saints Day concert.

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Oct 20, 2014

Heart Of Carolina Chorus has chosen Urban Ministries of Durham as their altruistic partner! They just presented UMD executive director Patrice Nelson with a generous contribution raised at the Bull City A Capella Slam hosted last month, which will offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need.

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Oct 10, 2014

The UPS truck just arrived and delivered a dozen cozy blankets for our Community Shelter residents.

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Oct 09, 2014

Temple Baptist Fish Fry - Huge Success! Thank you to all who cooked, ate and supported the fish fry.

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Oct 08, 2014

The nights are starting to get cooler -- and the UMD Community Shelter needs 100 twin blankets right away.

Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Sep 25, 2014

The Food Pantry is very low on groceries -- would you help us to fill it? We need peanut butter, powdered milk, canned veggies and meats, soups, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and grits.

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Sep 23, 2014

Join Temple Baptist Church, on Sterling Dr., Friday Oct.

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Sep 20, 2014

#TriangleBattle is so much fun.

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