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UMD Wins Awards for SPENT

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Congratulations to Urban Ministries of Durham for winning two 2012 North American Effie Awards for:

 

  • SPENT in the category of Media Idea
  • SPENT in the category of Media Innovation

 

Receiving an Effie Award signifies your work was one of the most effective marketing efforts of last year, incorporating an insightful communications strategy, outstanding creativity, and the market results to prove it worked.  Effie entries go through two rigorous rounds of judging and a small percentage of entering cases emerge as winners.

SPENT challenges players to make it through the month on their last $1,000.  Changes in employment, housing, medical costs, and other expenses force the SPENT player to make difficult choices that often compromise the health, safety, or integrity of their families.  Unfortunately, this game is the reality for many of the 6,000 people who come to UMD each year because they have simply run out of options.

 

Developed by McKinney, a Durham-based advertising agency, SPENT was originally created as a way to engage new donors and volunteers for UMD.  However, SPENT has crossed all geographic, economic, and social boundaries.  Even educators and employers are using SPENT as an interactive lesson for their students and employees regarding financial literacy and social responsibility.

 

As expressed in the following comments from SPENT players, people from all over the world are finding SPENT to be a valuable tool for understanding how difficult and painful it is to live on the edge of losing everything:

 

“Thanks for drawing attention to the reality of what so many people face. There is a lot of need here too, but I hope you draw national attention to the issue of poverty and unemployment.” – Danette, Africa

 

“Playing this game has shattered how I view the privilege in my life, and increased my empathy and compassion for those who do not have to play a game to understand the hardships of life.” – Christina 

 

“It’s one thing to feel sorry for homeless people; it’s another to be forced into their shoes. ” – The Huffington Post

 

Play SPENT and see how this revolutionary game creates a new, tangible awareness of the struggles of 14 million Americans.

 

www.playspent.org 

 

 

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Mar 04, 2015

Empty Bowls is filling up -- Regular Soup+Bowl and soup-only tickets remain available.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

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Feb 27, 2015

Our Empty Bowls event is this Thursday in downtown Durham! This is a Premier ticket bowl, a turned wooden creation by Steve Criscenzo.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

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Feb 23, 2015

Durham's the foodiest small city in the South, and all her finest chefs are making their signature soups for you to try.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Feb 20, 2015

Come to Empty Bowls, March 5 at Durham Convention Center.

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Feb 19, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham created an event.

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Feb 18, 2015

Today's weather putting you in the mood for some soup? It's the perfect day to buy your tickets to sample 12 by top Triangle chefs the evening of March 5 at Durham Convention Center.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Feb 17, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

The weather outside is downright dangerous, but that only makes the community's efforts to offer food, shelter and a future through Urban Ministries of Durham even more important.

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Feb 06, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham Executive Director Patrice Nelson is featured in the Conversations at Fletcher interview series.

Patrice Nelson, Urban Ministries Durham Nov 25, 2014 http://ajf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Patrice-Nelson-Podcast.mp3 Patrice Nelson, the executive director of Urban Ministries Durham, joins us for an earnest discussion about homelessness.

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Feb 03, 2015

Be a philanthropist and a romantic this Valentine's day and call on Heart Of Carolina Chorus to help neighbors in need and surprise your valentine with a sweet serenade.

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Feb 02, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.

Ooooh -- a sneak peek at beautiful Empty Bowls bowls in progress at Claymakers Arts Community.

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Jan 30, 2015

Can we talk? The New York Times discusses a hard-to-discuss problem we seek to address here at Urban Ministries of Durham: Poor and homeless women's lack of feminine hygiene products, which can cause not just distress but a host of other difficulties, including missing school and work.

For women living in poverty, the cost of feminine hygiene products is yet another burden on an already stretched budget.

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Jan 23, 2015

Soup's on! Our 9th annual Empty Bowls event will be Thursday March 5 at the Durham Convention Center.

Join us to fill empty bowls with hope! Empty Bowls is the signature event for Urban Ministries of Durham, the private, non-sectarian downtown charity that provides food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need, ending homelessness for 289 people in a single year.

United Therapeutics presents Empty Bowls 2015 to benefit Urban Ministries of DurhamView this post on Facebook

Jan 20, 2015

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Jan 06, 2015

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

The Forest at Duke always arrives to volunteer with huge smiles on their faces.

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Jan 05, 2015

Do you like round numbers? Ones like $70,000? As of this post, we're just $141 short of that milestone on namesforchange.org.

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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Jan 02, 2015

The road to ending homelessness requires a driver’s license. Without an ID, you can’t get a job or rent an apartment.

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 31, 2014

Let’s start the year on the right foot.

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 29, 2014

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. On days like this we want to make sure everyone has the right clothing.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

Fight homelessness with this Winter CoatView this post on Facebook

Dec 27, 2014

At Urban Ministries of Durham, we recognize that hard times can fall on anyone.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

Fight homelessness with this Move-Out KitView this post on Facebook

Dec 25, 2014

PJs are the go-to Christmas gift.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

Fight homelessness with these PajamasView this post on Facebook

Dec 23, 2014

So you forgot a present for your second cousin twice-removed and here she is at the Christmas party.

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 21, 2014

Is it four legs and a flat top or is it something more? Important things happen at these tables.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

Fight homelessness with this TableView this post on Facebook

Dec 20, 2014

"A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing." You can't end homelessness by yourself.

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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