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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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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 
@vaguelyreminiscent
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.
Olive & Olive, PA has the distinction of being our first official donor to the Let's House Durham campaign! Their 634 bricks laid the foundation's first layer. It's wonderful to have someone believe so fully in your mission that they are ready to sign up to try something new. Thank you!

Buy your brick today at www.letshousedurham.org
#brickbybrick
#letshousedurham
#endhomelessness
#durham #durm
UMD's Resource Center Building will be closed for 3 hours this Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience.
A special thank you is due to the Bart Ehrman Foundation for donating 1,000 bricks to help kick off our Let's House Durham campaign. UNC professor and author, Bart Ehrman, has mixed his unique skillset and name recognition to generate funds to benefit UMD for over a decade through his foundation. One of his newer ventures, his blog, uses membership fees to help support UMD! It's so nice to have someone as dedicated as Bart in your corner!

Buy your brick today at www.letshousedurham.org
#brickbybrick 
#letshousedurham 
#endhomelessness
#durham #durm
It's a home run! To close out their season, @DurhamSoftball invented an ingenious (and generous) game of cornhole. Donating one can of food to UMD was equal to one bag toss. So what was the final score you ask?  It was a big win for UMD with 201 cans donated! 

Want to start a food drive? Head on over to our website to learn more. https://umdurham.org/give-stuff/
URGENT NEEDS
The weather is beginning to change. UMD is in need of casual clothing for men. Our neighbors are looking for casual pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and jackets. Can you help us stock up?
Thank you RTI International for helping kick off our Let's House Durham campaign!

We are so grateful for the partnership of a company that offers resources and support to our neighbors in need! @rti_intl 

Buy your brick today at www.letshousedurham.org
#brickbybrick 
#letshousedurham 
#endhomelessness 
#durham #durm
We want to give a BIG thank you to @theforestatduke for donating 1,904 bricks to our Let's House Durham campaign in honor of their 30th Anniversary! If you do the math, that's $30,000 to help our neighbors in need!

We're so grateful for our partnership with The Forest at Duke over the years. Thank you for helping to lay the foundation for this campaign! Happy Anniversary! Durham is better because of you!

Buy your brick today at www.letshousedurham.org
#brickbybrick 
#letshousedurham 
#endhomelessness 
#durham #durm
SPECIAL IN-KIND DONATION OPPORTUNITY!

Do you have a minivan you are willing to donate or sell at a reduced price to help your neighbors in need? UMD hopes to secure a vehicle in the next 30 days to shuttle clients to and from work and medical appointments and to view rental units for their housing search. Because the van would be hauling clients throughout the community, we are hoping to find a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles depending on the make and year. If this donation opportunity sounds like something that might be a good fit for you, please contact our Director of Finance, Jonathan Gattis, at jgattis@umdurham.org or 919-251-5135.
Hurricane Ian Update: We will be open for regular services on Friday and Saturday. Stay safe, everyone!
A hurricane might be rolling in, but the Carolina Hurricanes are rolling out the red carpet to help local non-profits. And we couldn’t be more proud that they picked UMD to represent Durham! We’re one of 2 agencies selected as beneficiaries of a charity toiletry drive.

From September 27th to October 4th the Canes are asking fans to drop off hygiene supplies at the VIP entrance of PNC Arena during normal business hours. And if you have gameday tickets for Saturday and Monday, collections bins will be placed at all entrances. So if you’re in the #Raleigh area or you’re a @canes fan, this is a great way to get involved. 

Learn more here: https://www.nhl.com/hurricanes/community/charity-drives
#GoCanes
With a hurricane on the weather radar, it's important to think about disaster preparedness plans. 

Last week we were honored to have the Director of DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Marcus Coleman, and some of his team members from FEMA tour our facility. It was a wonderful opportunity for his team to learn about the on-the-ground needs of emergency shelters and how UMD uses diverse partnerships to help our neighbors in need. UMD learned some key insights on how to better connect to federal resources that could help us if a crisis were to arise. We love building connections!
It’s a small price tag. $15.76.  What can that buy? Well, a lot. 

That’s the cost to house every homeless person in Durham for a year. 

You might be scratching your head, but it’s true. Our friends at @mckinney helped us do the math. If every person in Durham gave just $15.76, there would be enough money to house everyone.

We’re building a movement, and we need YOU! It’s called Let’s House Durham. Buy a brick for $15.76, and then challenge the people around you to do the same.  To represent everyone in Durham, some of us will need to pay it forward and cover the costs of our neighbors. And some of you already have!

Many of our former Empty Bowls sponsors and UMD supporters have already created a strong foundation for this campaign. Leading the way, we have @theforestatduke, @rti_intl, @dr.bartehrman Foundation, Olive & Olive, P.A., and Elms Lane Realty Group. 

Add your brick for $15.76 today by going to http://letshousedurham.org/. Then, spread the word! We're all in this together!

#letshousedurham #brickbybrick #15.76 #endhomelessness #HousingAllStartsSmall #umd #homelessness #durham #raleighdurham

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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, Inc. 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 Church’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!

Light up the face of a child or adult this holiday season by shopping our Amazon Holiday Wishlist. We need some more elves to help UMD secure these gifts by December 3rd. Can you help us spark joy? Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/UAG3EXHLJ8DF/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?blm_aid=40248

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This #GivingTuesday, join Urban Ministries of Durham's Let's House Durham campaign! Let's end homelessness together brick by brick. Buy your brick for $15.76 at https://letshousedurham.org/

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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 [email protected] or by phone at (919) 682-0538 ext. 5282.

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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.

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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 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!

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We can’t think of a better way to observe Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week than Butterball Day! Yesterday morning our friends from @Butterball dropped off 360 turkeys for local non-profits to distribute ahead of Thanksgiving. UMD was supplied with turkeys, cases of turkey bacon, turkey link sausage, and turkey pot roast. Such a donation is certainly worthy of Mayor Elaine O’Neal proclamation of Butterball Day in Durham as shared by City Councilwoman DeDreana Freeman. Learn more about the donation here: https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/durham-county-news/butterball-delivers-360-turkeys-for-durham-families-in-need-of-a-holiday-boost/

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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 [email protected] 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

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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.

Olive & Olive, PA has the distinction of being our first official donor to the Let's House Durham campaign! Their 634 bricks laid the foundation's first layer. It's wonderful to have someone believe so fully in your mission that they are ready to sign up to try something new. Thank you! Buy your brick here: http://letshousedurham.org/ #brickbybrick

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