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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
FREE SHELTER
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community CAFÉ

3 free meals per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year
FREE FOOD
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FOOD PANTRY & CLOTHING CLOSET

Groceries and clothing for low-resource households and shelter residents
FREE GOODS

About Us

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

Our Yearly Impact

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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Please Join Us For

Empty Bowls Elevated Auction Gala & Dinner

Honoring UMD's 40 years of Service

When: Friday April 19th, 6PM
Where: Washington Duke Inn
Address: 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, NC

Register Here
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Can you make it through the month without getting spent? Play the online game by McKinney. It’s easier to become homeless than you might think.

"I’m from Durham and used have played the “Spent” game many times for school, etc. Now I live in Oregon and we are playing it at an all staff in Child Welfare. Thank you for this tool and for the impact it has made across the country."

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Spring cleaning is upon us! Please consider donating your new or gently used clothing/household items starting April 22. 

Thank you all for your continued support! #Share #SpringCleaningDonate
In honor of Good Friday, our lobby will be closed on Friday, March 29th. 🐣 

Good Friday Schedule:
Community Café
Breakfast 8a-9a (lunch bag included)
Dinner 6p-7p
 
The lobby will be open on Saturday, March 30th.
Thank you to everyone who came out today for the Durham CROP Hunger Walk at @dukechapel which helps support Urban Ministries of Durham.
The Durham Alumnae Chapter members of Sigma Gamma Rho will host a Youth Symposium this Sunday at UMD from 2:30p-4:30p.  This event will feature a round table discussion, vision boards and more! 

Please share this information with anyone with youth who can benefit from attending this event. 

Please register with the following link: 
https://bit.ly/3v1DqzF
Special shoutout to our Durham Nativity School volunteers! They come energized and excited every Monday to help package food for our Free Food distribution from 930am-1130am every Tuesday in the St. Philip's parking lot on the corner of Dillard and Main Street. 

We appreciate your service and dedication to fulfilling the UMD mission! @durhamnativity 

 #durhamnativityschool #freefood #volunteerappreciation
Check out our progress!! This month we remodeled the Women/Men dorm rooms and sitting areas for our residents. New beds, mattresses, linen, chairs, and totes were purchased to make this project a great success! We appreciate our generous donors for contributing to our continued impact. #remodel #UrbanMinistries #DurhamStrong
Our lobby at UMD will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of #mlk day. 

Special thanks to @thatpinkandgreen @glaxosmithkline_ @firstpresdurham New Red Mountain Baptist Church, @relias.com_ for volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as well as all the other faith partners, sororities, community organizations, and local schools for participating in weekend and offsite day of service projects.
Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at UMD tomorrow on Thanksgiving day from 6 to 7 p.m. Anyone in need of a meal is invited to dine with us. The dinner is being sponsored by Pleasant Grove Church Cary. A special thank you to UMD's Ms. Doris Walker and Preston Mayo of the Mayo Foundation for preparing the food.
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The lobby in the Resource Center will be closed on Thanksgiving day, and back open Friday morning. Have a happy & safe Thanksgiving, one & all!
Happy Labor Day! Today, many of us get to set aside the day to take a break from our labor...our 9-5 jobs. 

While rest is great, having a job to provide for you and your family is a huge blessing. For most of us, our jobs keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. But that's not the case for everyone. Did you know that often than not, adult clients at UMD come to our homeless shelter already employed? They aren't homeless because they aren't working. A number of our clients have not one job...but 2 to 3! 

Regardless of a person's job status, our Workforce Development team is available to help all UMD residents navigate life in a homeless shelter by finding and keeping their employment. You can help these workers today by making a gift to UMD.

Give here: https://urbanministriesofdurham-bloom.kindful.com/
Today is Women's Equality Day.

We know that there are structural and systematic inequities that limit the ability of women to thrive. But what do pants have to do with it?

Well, according to our Workforce Development Manager, Youngmee Hahn, it is one of the inequalities women at UMD face daily - finding work-appropriate clothing, specifically comfortable & sturdy pants. Retailers often have a smaller selection of women's work pants, and those available are often not built as well as men's workwear. This translates to extra time, money, and valuable resources spent looking for work clothing. It's a challenge that you or the women in your life are familiar with. 

This disparity in selection and quality is another barrier to employment for lower-income women.

How can you help? There’s two things you can do. 
1) You can donate your new or gently used work-appropriate women's (black) pants to UMD and label them c/o Youngmee. 
2) Or you can contribute toward our general operations which includes funds that UMD uses to hunt down this elusive staple. Donate Here: https://urbanministriesofdurham-bloom.kindful.com/

Thank you, and happy Women's Equality Day!
Happy National Non-Profit Day! 🎉

We are celebrating today by taking a moment to thank all of our Non-Profit Partners that help us serve our mission to provide food, shelter and a future to Durham’s neighbors in need. There are far too many to list, but the non-profit community in Durham is strong and vibrant, and we are lucky to have such a community supported by amazing donors, volunteers, and staff. So, thank you, partners! Have a great day & keep up the amazing work!🙌
We're so thankful to have friends who will go to the mattresses for us--literally! Thank you to Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church and Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation for funding 47 new commercial-grade bunk beds and 65 mattresses. A good night's sleep is so important for our neighbors who stay at UMD--especially since the majority have physically demanding jobs. Thanks, friends!
Thank you to the Annie P. Rogers State Grand Assembly Order of the Golden Circle! The group invited our Director of Development, Joe Daly, to share about UMD’s mission at their annual gathering on Saturday. Their President, Eleanor Dillard, presented a $500 donation on behalf of the organization to help neighbors in need at UMD. 

A Café volunteer with Community Baptist, Eleanor knows first-hand the impact of UMD’s services here in Durham. We are so thankful when friends like Eleanor can use their networks to make their own impact on the community—by making a donation together!
SNAP's emergency COVID funds are set to expire today. The program offered a boosted amount of funds to some 900,000 qualified households receiving food stamps. 

If you need food assistance, UMD is still offering food pantry services on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am in the parking lot of St. Philip's Episcopal Church (403 E. Main Street). Eligibility requirements are temporarily suspended. We simply request that you wear a mask.
Tina Turner wants to know. What's love got to do with it? We would argue it counts for a lot. 

How we welcome our neighbors is one of the ways we can love them well. At UMD, we welcome all neighbors regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or non-faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. 

How is that love, you ask? That love looks a lot like respect--one of our core values. Respecting one another is how we can love others from the core of our humanity to the depths of our individual differences. 

Celebrate love today by making a gift in honor of your neighbors to our Let's House Durham campaign. 

Donate here: http://letshousedurham.org/
🎤 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.

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Spring cleaning is upon us! Please consider donating your new or gently used clothing/household items starting April 22. Thank you all for your continued support! #Share #SpringCleaningDonate

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Please Join Us and Pierce Freelon, son of Nnenna Freelon Nnenna Freelon, City of Durham, NC Government Mayor Leonardo Williams and DeJuan Hoggard on Friday, April 19 at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham's 40th year of providing food, shelter and clothing to those in need. For more info. visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/umdauction

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Please join us Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn for Empty Bowls Elevated Auction Gala, a fancy seated dinner honoring our 40th year of providing food, shelter and a future to our community. https://secure.qgiv.com/event/umdauction

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In honor of Good Friday, our lobby will be closed on Friday, March 29th. 🐣 Good Friday Community Café Schedule: Breakfast 8a-9a (lunch bag included) Dinner 6p-7p The lobby will be open on Saturday, March 30th.

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Thank you to everyone who came out today for the Durham CROP Hunger Walk at Duke University Chapel which helps support Urban Ministries of Durham.

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The Durham Alumnae Chapter members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will host a Youth Symposium this Sunday at UMD from 2:30p-4:30p. This event will feature a round table discussion, vision boards and more! Please share this information with anyone with youth who can benefit from attending this event. Please register with the following link: https://bit.ly/3v1DqzF

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It’s LIVE!! Check out our Empty Bowls Elevated Auction items for this year’s Gala. As we prepare to celebrate 40 years of service please donate and/or share this link to help reach our $200,000 fundraising goal.

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Special shoutout to our Durham Nativity School volunteers! They come energized and excited every Monday to help package food for our Free Food distribution from 930am-1130am every Tuesday in the St. Philip's parking lot on the corner of Dillard and Main Street. We appreciate your service and dedication to fulfilling the UMD mission! Durham Nativity School #durhamnativityschool #freefood #volunteerappreciation

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Check out our progress!! This month we remodeled the Women/Men dorm rooms and sitting areas for our residents. New beds, mattresses, linen, chairs, and totes were purchased to make this project a great success! We appreciate our generous donors for contributing to our continued impact. #remodel #UrbanMinistries #DurhamStrong

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