End homelessness through rock 'n' roll Sept. 20th -- pull up your rocking chair to the stage at the American Tobacco Campus.  Purchase tickets HERE to reserve your spot on the lawn.

Urban Ministries of Durham is the benefiting organization at this year's Corporate Triangle Battle of the Bands presented by Nationwide Insurance in partnership with McKinney Advertising.  Read about which companies are battling this year to end homelessness in this Official Announcement by McKinney.


Online game SPENT released for mobile devices!

Urban Ministries of Durham, the nonprofit behind a game about surviving poverty, and its ad agency, McKinney, announce that SPENT can now be played on phones and tablets. Launched in February 2011, SPENT continues to be played by millions of people in hundreds of countries. This and the fact that more and more people worldwide are using Web browsers on their mobile devices warranted an HTML version of the game, which was originally developed using Flash.

Play SPENT now

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NFC High Chair

Make something ordinary special --

name it after you or a loved one.

Check out NAMES FOR CHANGE, the new immersive online experience from Urban Ministries of Durham. The new website teaches about poverty and homelessness and offers the naming rights to scores of different items UMD uses to rebuild lives.

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.

Many thanks to McKinney for developing the site. Now, please do your part: use it and share your certificate of naming rights, like this one, where everyone can see it! 





We ended homelessness for 289 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 connect clients with the resources they need to remain stable after getting an apartment of their own. And we compassionately provide emergency essentials like food and clothing to very poor neighbors and connect them with additional help in our community.

How do we help?

Urban Ministries of Durham welcomes more than 6,000 people each year who come seeking food, shelter, clothing and supportive services.

We also welcome representatives of partner agencies, thousands of volunteers, more than 60 diverse communities of faith, groups from every local college and university and many K-12 schools, and civic groups and businesses, large and small.

We connect to create a welcoming, caring environment where people can heal, find hope and rebuild their lives.

Our programs include:

Community Shelter for men, women, and families who need a safe place to sleep in an emergency. We offer case management to all shelter clients, with intensive case management for the most common needs available through our Journey Programs.

Community Café serves 3 meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to shelter guests and anyone else who is hungry.

Food Pantry and Clothing Closet distributes groceries and clothing to the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless.

410 Liberty Street, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 682-0538

News & Needs

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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Aug 27, 2014

This year’s Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands ends homelessness through the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Aug 25, 2014

Durham is the 10th most caring city in the U.S.

Durham is the tenth most caring city in the U.S., according to real estate blog Movoto.

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Aug 18, 2014

Do you remember our friend Luna and her "acts of kindness" wheel? Well, it's been featured on CBS news! If you look closely you can see UMD's information board in a piece of the segment.

Steve Hartman reconnects with Chris Rosati, a man who has devoted the rest of his life to encouraging others to commit acts of kindness.

ALS patient devotes life to random acts of kindnessView this post on Facebook

Aug 13, 2014

Yesterday, the truck delivered a commercial refrigerator purchased by a generous person from the community to use in our Food Pantry.

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Aug 11, 2014

Ramkrishna Vedanta Society -- “Serving UMD is the best thing that ever happened to this organization.” On May 5, 2013, the Ramkrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina served lunch for the first time and has continued to do so every other month on the first Sunday.

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Aug 08, 2014

Our neighbors from St Philip's Episcopal Church lent a helping hand yesterday morning in the Food Pantry to prepare grocery bags for our very poor and homeless neighbors.

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Aug 07, 2014

Leoneda Inge of North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC writes about the new version of our online game about surviving poverty, SPENT, which plays on tablets and smartphones as well as PCs.

In 2011, a new videogame premiered that not many expected would be a hit.

'SPENT', Hit Game About Money And Resources, Goes MobileView this post on Facebook

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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