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

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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Sep 19, 2014

Staff from Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions showed off their gourmet cooking skills in our kitchen Tuesday night.

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Sep 17, 2014

The Triangle's got talent, and it's onstage this Saturday at Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands, beginning 7:30 p.m.

This video gives you a sense of what you'll experience if you attend Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands Saturday, Sept.

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Sep 11, 2014

McKinney staffers literally rock.

Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands http://trianglebattle.com ends homelessness through Rock 'n' Roll.

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Sep 05, 2014

We're tuning up for Battle of the Bands on Sept.

Wool E Bull wants you to come to the Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands Sept.

Wool E Bull wants you to come to the Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands Sept. 20 at American Tobacco Campus to support Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook

Aug 29, 2014

Many thanks to the 4th grade class at Voyager Academy Elementary School for organizing a school-wide food drive for UMD.

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