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Food, Shelter, Future

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. 

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Emergency shelter for men, women, and families housing-focused case management + workforce development
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3 free meals per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year
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FOOD PANTRY & CLOTHING CLOSET

Groceries and clothing for low-resource households and shelter residents
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Our Yearly Impact

UMD welcomes all neighbors regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or non-faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

4,000 Volunteers

6,000 People served

800 people sheltered

250,000 meals provided

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HOUSING ALL STARTS SMALL

If every person in Durham donates just $15.76, we can house all those affected by homelessness in the city for an entire year
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🎤 Today, Dennis has the mic. Hear his thoughts on the struggle to find affordable housing--and fight stereotypes. 

One of the ways you can help? Buy a brick for our Let's House Durham campaign for $15.76. Check out the campaign website here: https://letshousedurham.org/

Want to learn more? Read last week's posts from Wanda and Cynthia. You can also read the Annual Report on our webpage: 
https://umdurham.org/.../12/UMD_Annual-Report_Digital.pdf
“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.” --Dr. King, Nobel Peace Prize lecture, 1964

This reality is the foundation of UMD's #LetsHouseDurham campaign. 

If every man, woman, and child in Durham gives just $15.76, it represents the cost of paying for every homeless person in our community to be housed for one year. When you look at homelessness this way, Dr. King is right. We have the resources to get rid of it.

Join the campaign--or cover the costs of others--so that we can meet our goal of representing everyone in Durham! Make your gift today at www.LetsHouseDurham.org.
UMD's offices will be closed Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to give staff opportunities to participate in service projects. While the closure will impact Food Distribution on Tuesday, January 17th, all other client services will continue as usual.
🎤 Today, we're passing the mic on to Cynthia. This is what she had to share about the current struggle to get affordable housing. 

One of the ways you can help? Buy a brick for our Let's House Durham campaign for $15.76. Check out the campaign website here: https://letshousedurham.org/

Want to learn more? Read yesterday's post about Wanda. You can also read the Annual Report on our webpage: 
https://umdurham.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/UMD_Annual-Report_Digital.pdf
🎤 For this year's Annual Report, we decided to pass the mic. Sometimes you need the news directly from the people it impacts. Here is Wanda's story.

One of the ways you can help? Buy a brick for our Let's House Durham campaign for $15.76. Learn more here: https://letshousedurham.org/
UMD is re-stocking our shelves for the New Year! That means pressing pause on our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet services next week. But have no fear, we will be to distributing food (Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am at St. Philip's) and clothing (Thursdays, 10am-12pm at our Queen Street entrance) the following week.
Help UMD start off 2023 with a bang! Make your end-of-year gift today. Our neighbors in need are facing an especially challenging time this year. Your monetary donations make a real difference in UMD's ability to get creative to meet the needs of our community.

Go to www.umdurham.org and click the orange "donate" button to make a gift.

You can learn more about the unique challenges clients are facing this year in our  Annual Report. You can find the 2021-2022 Annual Report on our website under "About" "Your Dollars at Work." 

Give Today: https://urbanministriesofdurham-bloom.kindful.com/
The holidays are cheerful and bright for many at UMD thanks to neighbors like you!

Clients staying at UMD have received special gifts that make life a little easier: backpacks, hoodies, warm blankets, water bottles, and winter gloves.

This practical help makes our friends experiencing homeless feel remembered at a sensitive time of year. 

Don't worry--there is still plenty of time to make a big impact. Make a donation to UMD and give the gift of HOPE today. Visit our website and click the orange donate button. Link in bio.
Come and join us tonight at 6pm at the Farmer's Market Pavilion as we remember our neighbors who passed away this year due to homelessness.

This memorial vigil is a touching way to remain centered in our mission as we move through the holidays and into a fresh new year.
Baby, it's cold--and wet--outside! Thankfully the Alpha Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha dropped off 107 coats this week for our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Thank you, ladies for making sure our neighbors stay warm and dry!
This year we are passing the mic. We want you to hear directly from your neighbors. 

Check out their stories in this year's Annual Report as they share what it is like trying to find affordable housing in Durham.

Once we listen to their voices, we can begin to allow our efforts to snowball to make our community better for everyone. Take a look at the list of ways you can help inside the report.

Annual Report: https://umdurham.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/UMD_Annual-Report_Digital.pdf
Thanks for decking our halls, Lenovo! Each glittery ornament and fluffed-out evergreen helps remind us all that our neighbors in need deserve all of the seasonal beauty we experience in our homes as they wait with hope for a home to call their own.
Check out events from some of our friends to help neighbors in need at UMD.

Drop off food pantry donations between 2-5pm at Five Points Plaza as part of Downtown Durham’s holiday kick-off this Saturday, December 3rd! A team of UMD staff and volunteers will be there to greet you and take your donations. 

Visit Immaculate Conception’s Advent Alternative gift fair to pick up UMD’s Holiday Honor Cards. Purchases can be made immediately following Mass. Mass Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 5:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 4th, at 9:30 and 11:30am. 

If you are shopping at Vaguely Reminiscent between now and December 9th, the store will donate 25% of all clothing and shoe sales to local non-profits of the customer’s choosing. So don’t forget to designate UMD as your charity of choice!

@downtowndurham 
@icdurham 
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This #GivingTuesday, join Urban Ministries of Durham's Let's House Durham campaign!

Let's end homelessness together #brickbybrick
Buy your brick for $15.76 at https://letshousedurham.org/

#endhomelessness 
#durham
It's official...Holiday Honor Cards are on sale now!

Use these cards as your annual greeting cards or as an alternative gift for loved ones. Cards are $5 each and available for from November 28th-December 22nd. Contact Megan Harrison, Donor Services and Database Specialist, by email at mharrison@umdurham.org or by phone at (919) 682-0538 ext. 5282.
While you are preparing for your big feast, can you grab kitchen staples and holiday fare for the food pantry? 

Each Tuesday, hundreds of groceries bags are filled with donations from the public to hand out to food insecure neighbors living in Durham. Nearly 95% of items distributed through UMD’s Food Pantry & Clothing Closet are in-kind donations.
Friends, we have set a record! UMD provided 268 households with Thanksgiving-themed groceries at our weekly food distribution on Tuesday! Our Community Engagement staff and 10 dedicated Food Pantry & Clothing Closet volunteers were supported by a group of 14 employees from Sysco Foods to serve our neighbors waiting in line for food.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this record-setting moment happen! We can’t do it without you!
We’re making our lists, and checking them twice. We gotta have 'em ready—'cause y’all are so nice!

Are you ready to find out how you can support Urban Ministries of Durham this holiday season? Here is how you can help:

#1 Give Money: You can mail a check, donate online, or text JOY2UMD to 53-555.

#2 Order Gifts: Purchase gifts for shelter residents through our Amazon Wishlist. Please do your shopping by December 3rd to shower our residents with cheer at their holiday party.

#3 Donate Food: Give staples and holiday fare to be distributed throughout December to families visiting UMD’s Food Pantry.

#4 Buy Holiday Honor Cards: Use these cards as your annual greeting cards or as an alternative gift for loved ones. Cards will be available for purchase from November 28th-December 22nd. Contact Megan Harrison, Donor Services and Database Specialist, by email at mharrison@umdurham.org or by phone at (919) 682-0538 ext. 5282.

#5 Volunteer: Opportunities will be available on our website through signup.com. November dates are available, and December will be posted soon.

Visit our Help for the Holidays webpage for links, answers to FAQs, and future updates about how to help during the holidays. Need a handout to spread the word—and the merry? We have you covered. You can download it below.

Thank you for remembering your neighbors in need this holiday season!

Holiday Webpage: 
https://umdurham.org/help-for-the-holidays/
Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/UAG3EXHLJ8DF/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2
Food Drive Flier: 
https://umdurham.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Food-Drive-2022.pdf
Share the Merry Holiday 2022 Handout: 
https://umdurham.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Help-for-the-Holidays-2022-final.pdf
November Sign-Up: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/55699976039962807/false#/invitation
Do you shop for groceries on the weekends? Use this list to grab holiday essentials for your neighbors in need who visit UMD's Food Pantry. With your help, we can make sure these essential foodstuffs are supplied in time for Thanksgiving! Just drop off your donations at UMD by noon on Saturday, November 13th.

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🎤 Today, Dennis has the mic. Hear his thoughts on the struggle to find affordable housing--and fight stereotypes. One of the ways you can help? Buy a brick for our Let's House Durham campaign for $15.76. Check out the campaign website here: https://letshousedurham.org/ Want to learn more? Read last week's posts from Wanda and Cynthia. You can also read the Annual Report on our webpage: https://umdurham.org/.../12/UMD_Annual-Report_Digital.pdf

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.” --Dr. King, Nobel Peace Prize lecture, 1964 This reality is the foundation of UMD's #LetsHouseDurham campaign. If every man, woman, and child in Durham gives just $15.76, it represents the cost of paying for every homeless person in our community to be housed for one year. When you look at homelessness this way, Dr. King is right. We have the resources to get rid of it. Join the campaign--or cover the costs of others--so that we can meet our goal of representing everyone in Durham! Make your gift today at www.LetsHouseDurham.org.

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UMD's offices will be closed Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to give staff opportunities to participate in service projects. While the closure will impact Food Distribution on Tuesday, January 17th, all other client services will continue as usual.

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🎤 Today, we're passing the mic on to Cynthia. This is what she had to share about the current struggle to get affordable housing. One of the ways you can help? Buy a brick for our Let's House Durham campaign for $15.76. Check out the campaign website here: https://letshousedurham.org/ Want to learn more? Read yesterday's post about Wanda. You can also read the Annual Report on our webpage: https://umdurham.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/UMD_Annual-Report_Digital.pdf

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🎤 For this year's Annual Report, we decided to pass the mic. Sometimes you need the news directly from the people it impacts. Here is Wanda's story. One of the ways you can help? Buy a brick for our Let's House Durham campaign for $15.76. Learn more here: https://letshousedurham.org/

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UMD is re-stocking our shelves for the New Year! That means pressing pause on our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet services next week. But have no fear, we will be to distributing food (Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am at St. Philip's) and clothing (Thursdays, 10am-12pm at our Queen Street entrance) the following week.

2

Help UMD start off 2023 with a bang! Make your end-of-year gift today. Our neighbors in need are facing an especially challenging time this year. Your monetary donations make a real difference in UMD's ability to get creative to meet the needs of our community. Go to www.umdurham.org and click the orange "donate" button to make a gift. You can learn more about the unique challenges clients are facing this year in our Annual Report. You can find the 2021-2022 Annual Report on our website under "About" "Your Dollars at Work." Give Today: https://urbanministriesofdurham-bloom.kindful.com/

3

The holidays are cheerful and bright for many at UMD thanks to neighbors like you! Clients staying at UMD have received special gifts that make life a little easier: backpacks, hoodies, warm blankets, water bottles, and winter gloves. This practical help makes our friends experiencing homeless feel remembered at a sensitive time of year. Don't worry--there is still plenty of time to make a big impact. Make a donation to UMD and give the gift of HOPE today: https://urbanministriesofdurham-bloom.kindful.com/

Come and join us tonight at 6pm at the Farmer's Market Pavilion as we remember our neighbors who passed away this year due to homelessness. This memorial vigil is a touching way to remain centered in our mission as we move through the holidays and into a fresh new year.

1

Baby, it's cold--and wet--outside! Thankfully the Alpha Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha dropped off 107 coats this week for our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Thank you, ladies for making sure our neighbors stay warm and dry!

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