About UMD

Urban Ministries of Durham connects with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need. Thanks to generous donors and more than 4,000 volunteers, UMD enriches the lives of some 6,000 men, women and children each year. We help those who are struggling with homelessness, hunger and/or poverty through our Community Shelter, Community Café, Food Pantry and Clothing Closet.

OUR 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.

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.

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.

We are committed to living out our core values in all our interactions with our clients, each other and the community.

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