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.

Non-discrimination policy

As a recipient of Federal, State, and local government financial assistance, and as a matter of policy and principle, Urban Ministries of Durham does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any client, volunteer or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Urban Ministries of Durham directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Urban Ministries of Durham arranges to carry out its programs and activities. Urban Ministries of Durham is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

UMD is committed to compliance with all applicable provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91, as well as all applicablestate and local government laws and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination.

News & Needs

Mar 17, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Vert & Vogue's photo.

Shop for a cause! Thanks V&V; in the past few years you and your customers have raised enough money to end homelessness for two people.

✨ Come shop to support your neighbors in need! ✨ On Saturday, March 18th, we are donating 20% of the days total in-store and online sales to UMD.

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Mar 17, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Stop by and shop the latest spring collections at Vert & Vogue tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th and help your neighbors in need.

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Mar 07, 2017

Are you watching the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament today? Much of North Carolina is or wants to -- and that includes homeless men staying in our shelter, a very basic, barracks-style bunkroom.

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Mar 04, 2017

And the Empty Bowls Judges Choice Awards went to: Croasdaile Retirement Village, first place; Bleu Olive, second place; and Mothers & Sons Trattoria, third place.

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Mar 03, 2017

Empty Bowls was a great success.

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Mar 01, 2017

Great story by Anthony Wilson WTVD aired tonight! Check it out and get your tickets: http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

Now in its 11th year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Urban Ministries brings local chefs together in a friendly competition to see who can make Durham's best soup.

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Mar 01, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Anthony Wilson WTVD's video.

Anthony Wilson WTVD takes you behind the scenes of his story that will air this afternoon at 4:30 and 5:30 on ABC 11 about how chefs and potters prepare for Empty Bowls, to be held Thursday, March 2, at Durham Convention Center.

Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:.

Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:View this post on Facebook

Feb 28, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Enjoy chef-made soups, artist-made bowls and festivity to offer neighbors food, shelter and a future.

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Feb 20, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Soups for March 2's RTI International Presents Empty Bowls to Benefit Urban Ministries of Durham have been announced, including selections by Littler Durham, Dashi, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas and 12 others! See the list and buy tickets http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

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Feb 13, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared A Lotta Love's post.

This transformation was remarkable.

Today was another fantastic day for A Lotta Love.

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Feb 13, 2017

Sneak peek at some of the bowls being produced for RTI International Presents Empty Bowls 2017 to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham! Be sure you buy your ticket today for the March 2 event, and select a ticket level that entitles you to one of these beauties.

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Jan 27, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for Empty Bowls, UMD's signature fundraising event March 2 featuring soup from a dozen of Durham's best restaurants and artist-made bowls.

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Dec 30, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Share a financial gift through Urban Ministries of Durham to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need like Kathy House and Anthony Jackson.

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Dec 13, 2016

Can't name London.

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 05, 2016

This plunger helps end homelessness at Urban Ministries of Durham.

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 02, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Urban Ministries of Durham is once again proud to participate in the Triangle Tree Challenge at American Tobacco Campus.

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Dec 02, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

Thank you Cisco Systems @ RTP, for volunteering to decorate the Community Cafe and other spaces at Urban Ministries of Durham in holiday regalia.

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Dec 01, 2016

While Urban Ministries of Durham case workers help a homeless person make a plan to gain income and affordable housing, we provide him or her a safe place to sleep in our Community Shelter.

Click to donate now and shelter a homeless neighbor this holiday season, getting him or her on the road to a sustainable way of life.

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Nov 28, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham doesn't just provide emergency meals and shelter -- we help solve homelessness.

With your holiday contribution, this work can continue.

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Nov 22, 2016

Once again www.NamesForChange.org is offering you the naming rights to dozens of items Urban Ministries of Durham uses to solve 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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Nov 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Indigo Envelope's photo.

Indigo Envelope, a Durham invitations and paper goods company, is donating a fifth of the price of their holiday card sales to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need at Urban Ministries of Durham.

If you're going to purchase holiday cards this year, consider making a donation to help someone who is struggling right now.

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Nov 17, 2016

As you prepare to be thankful with your family, please know Lorie is thankful to everyone who made Urban Ministries of Durham available to her http://tinyurl.com/helpUMD.

The community offered Lorie food, shelter and a future.

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Nov 11, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Thank you, Butterball, for continuing your tradition of donating dozens of whole turkeys and hundreds of pounds of sliced turkey lunchmeat to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving to very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Nov 07, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Thank you Informatica LLC for partnering with Urban Ministries of Durham to benefit from your CAN-STRUCTION competition.

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