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.
UMD welcomes all neighbors regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or non-faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Sorting donated clothes for distribution is important work. At UMD, we only put out clothing we would be willing to share with our own families. That means clothing without rips, missing buttons, stains, or smells. Our staff and volunteers comb through donations to ensure they fit these standards and then organize them by type and size. Thank you to The Congregation at Duke University Chapel for your hard work on Saturday sorting items for our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet operations! Want to volunteer? Learn more here: https://umdurham.org/volunteer/
We say it a lot. 🎯 Durham needs more affordable housing 🎯 Homelessness does not equal joblessness It's nice to see other providers share the sentiment. 🛏 Do you need shelter? UMD and our partners in the Durham CoC are here to help! 📞 Call Entry Point Durham at 984-287-8313 to schedule an intake. Working with UMD's network will help you find the quickest solution to prevent or end your homelessness. In fact, you may be eligible for "diversion" and not need to sign up for a shelter bed!. Learn more about how UMD and its partners can help at https://umdurham.org/shelter/. 🥰Want to help your neighbors? UMD uses Project ROOF (Removing Obstacles to Occupancy Funds) to cover skyrocketing costs like rental deposits and other fees to try to speed up the housing process. Make a secure online donation now or mail us a check with ROOF in the memo line.
So you might be wondering, why isn't the Big Reveal of our new fundraiser to replace Empty Bowls on UMD's Facebook page? Well, the short answer is a tech problem. We noticed that Facebook was not letting our followers share our posts properly. That's a big problem for a campaign that is built on the idea of viral sharing. We expected that the problem would be fixed quickly. Instead, we've been in communication with Facebook for weeks--and they're still trying to fix it. For now, we will wait to reveal the campaign on Facebook. We're sad about it, but we know it is the best move. We will start to share other content on Facebook until we get the share button fixed. We hope these updates help you feel connected to UMD--even if you can't share it. Fingers crossed--it will be fixed soon!
TONIGHT @ 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Durham NC! All proceeds will benefit Urban Ministries of Durham. Singers of New and Ancient Music (SONAM) is a chorus committed to creating high-quality sacred and secular music and giving back to the community. The concert will feature music about turning sorrow into joy, including works by Byrd, Palestrina, Schütz, Rachmaninoff, and more. Thanks, Sonam Chorus! https://www.facebook.com/events/721797208986688/?active_tab=about
Join UMD for the 48th Annual CROP WALK this Sunday, April 10th! This year the Durham CROP Hunger Walk hopes to raise $180,000 for global hunger relief with Church World Service CWS. 25% of funds raised are donated to local agencies like UMD combatting food insecurity. Sign up to walk at the link below, and meet Team UMD at Duke University Chapel at 2pm. The first 20 registered walkers will receive a free t-shirt! Register here: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/urban-ministries-of-durham
Here's something to smile about: Our friends from the Rotary Club of Durham and Local Start Dental were here this morning passing out dental care bags and conducting screenings for UMD clients in need of dentures. Thanks to an $8,600 grant from the Rotarians, these clients will be eligible for free treatment at Local Start later this week!
No endorsement means more to UMD than those from people we've been able to help support. This week it came in the form of a $25 donation from a former client. It's such an honor to go into our financial database and update their address from residing at our shelter at 410 Liberty Street to their new place! This isn't the first time that former clients have returned to UMD to help their neighbors. When asked why they would give what little they have, the answer is always the same. "I'm living proof that UMD works. I know what homelessness is like, and I want to help end it for others. "