We ended homelessness for 237 people in one year.
We welcome neighbors in need regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or disability. Our programs end homelessness by giving neighbors emergency shelter and case management to help them overcome such barriers as unemployment, medical and mental health problems, and addiction. We welcome more than 6,000 people each year who come seeking food, shelter, clothing and supportive services through these main programs:
Community Shelter for men, women, and families who need a safe emergency place to sleep. We offer case management to all shelter clients through our Journey Programs.
Community Café serves 3 meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to shelter guests and anyone who is hungry.
Food Pantry and Clothing Closet distribute groceries and clothing to very poor and homeless neighbors.
Play SPENT, our online game about surviving poverty
Gifts that give twice.
Connect yourself and your friends with everyday things that enable food, shelter and a future for our clients. From tampons to teddy bears, drug test urine cups to deodorant, cans of vegetables to caseworkers, naming rights are available at namesforchange.org -- the most interesting and meaningful gift they'll get this year.
Many thanks to McKinney for developing the site.
410 Liberty Street, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 682-0538
News & Needs
May 14, 2016
A recent rainy day in Durham was a beautiful day for Isra Grimes, because it was the day he moved from the Urban Ministries of Durham homeless shelter into his very own apartment.
Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...View this post on Facebook
Apr 25, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.
A big thank you to Christ the King Moravian Church, who brought 30 people to UMD over the weekend to spruce up the grounds with mulch, plantings, and other attention.View this post on Facebook
Apr 20, 2016
UMD needs your help to earn a crucial $65,000 grant from The Stewards Fund to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Apr 01, 2016
Here at UMD, we are seeing people become homeless and have difficulty leaving homelessness because of the lack of affordable housing in Durham -- rents go up, while entry-level wages stay flat.
The city carefully planned its economic revitalization.The Downside of Durham's RebirthView this post on Facebook
Mar 22, 2016
Seasons change, and as you reach toward the spring clothing in your closet, we hope you'll notice some spring items you can share to help homeless men and women at Urban Ministries of Durham -- and poor people from the community who come to our Clothing Closet.View this post on Facebook
Mar 16, 2016
Our friends at Vert & Vogue are again debuting their spring collection in a way that helps offer food, shelter and a future to people who come to UMD seeking assistance.View this post on Facebook
Mar 10, 2016
Durham Academy is a key partner in the work of UMD to offer food, shelter and a future to our neighbors in need.View this post on Facebook
Mar 02, 2016
And here's the pot-making process at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, another valuable Empty Bowls contributor! Love our potter and woodturner friends so much.View this post on Facebook
Feb 26, 2016
Several days before Empty Bowls 2016 (March 3, Durham Convention Center), Premier and Hot Ticket types are already sold out! But at least for now, Soup Only and Soup+Bowl tickets remain available.View this post on Facebook
Feb 22, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added an event.
This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, the most money ever, to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors through Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook
Feb 18, 2016
Get your tickets to come sample as many soups as you want from these chef kitchens preparing soup for Empty Bowls 2016, March 3 at Durham Convention Center: Bleu Olive, Brock Premier Culinary Service, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham Convention Center, Guglhupf Bakery Cafe & Restaurant, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas, The Mad Hatter's Cafe + Bakeshop, Pizzeria Toro, Pompieri Pizza, Saladelia Cafe,
Saltbox Seafood Joint, The Forest at Duke, Toast.View this post on Facebook
Feb 11, 2016
Just picked up dozens of beautiful Empty Bowls from Claymakers, one of the lovely artist communities that makes a gift of their work each year to raise money to help poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Feb 03, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.
It's just a month away -- the 10th annual Empty Bowls to benefit hungry and homeless clients of Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook
Jan 22, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
It seems like we always announce this on a day that's just perfect for soup -- Empty Bowls 2016 tickets are on sale now! On March 3 at Durham Convention Center you'll taste signature soups from more than a dozen top chefs from the Triangle, and can take home a bowl handmade by a local artist.View this post on Facebook
Dec 12, 2015
Naming a toilet plunger in honor of those you love is the perfect holiday gift -- as long as that plunger is helping to end 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.It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook
Dec 08, 2015
If you donate toward the work UMD through INDY Week Give Guide today, you could win one of two great prizes.View this post on Facebook
Dec 04, 2015
Thank you, Bronto Nation Bronto Software for helping decorate our Triangle Tree Challenge entry.View this post on Facebook
Dec 04, 2015
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
Friday and Saturday, if you buy a party tray from Chick-fil-A on Hillsborough Road and mention Urban Ministries of Durham, they will donate a small size of the same tray to UMD to be used during our holiday party for homeless clients on Dec.View this post on Facebook