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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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3 free meals per day, 7 days a week, 360 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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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
It’s coming…AGAIN! And this time, you’re in the driver’s seat!

On Tuesday, September 20th, we’re going to reveal our Empty Bowls replacement fundraiser on Facebook and Instagram. 

Facebook couldn’t fix our tech problem that would allow this “big reveal” to be shared with a wider audience—so we need YOU! When you see our announcement on Tuesday, please share it widely on your social media feeds! You can help us close the gap in getting the message out. We’re counting on you—and so are our neighbors in need!
Summer is fading fast, but rays of light still shine bright. It’s not just the sun--it’s our fantastic community!

Tomorrow, UMD board member Tarkisha Poole and some of her coworkers from Coastal Credit Union @coastal24 are dropping off 100 bags of non-perishable food that their staff collected over the summer. Their employees are not back to volunteering in-person yet, so they challenged each other to shop for a neighbor in need instead. Such a large donation of groceries will go a long way to re-stock our Food Pantry and Clothing, which provides essential goods to nearly 125 households each Tuesday morning.

But to make that happen—someone has to weigh, sort, and store that donation. Weighing donations is key to calculating the cost of in-kind gifts for UMD’s financial accountability. So, it’s an important job. We are lucky to have 16 friends from the  James Scott Farrin @farrinlaw coming in to help as part of their Day of Service! They will spend a few hours hard at work at UMD, making sure the food is ready to go out quickly to the people who need it most.
Special Delivery! The Carolina Arbors community dropped off 249 pairs of underwear for their neighbors in need at UMD! These sweet friends of ours hold an underwear drive twice a year and then celebrate with something sweet: an ice cream party! 

But do you know who else is celebrating? The residents at UMD. Our staff works really hard to keep our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet stocked with underwear. It's a basic need for hygiene and dignity.

Want to lead a drive? More info can be found on our website on the Donate: Give Stuff page under "What to Give." Link in Bio.
Join our team! Have experience with database management? You might be a great fit! We're currently hiring a full time Donor Services Database Specialist.
Learn more about the opportunity on our website (link in bio). Go to About-->Our Team and scroll to Job Opportunities.
What would it cost to house every homeless person in Durham for a year?
 
It's within our reach and closer than we think.

That answer--and the launch of our new campaign to replace our annual Empty Bowls fundraising event--will be revealed May 18th! So stay tuned and get ready to make an impact!
Here's something to smile about: Our friends from the Rotary Club of Durham and @localstartdental 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.”
Thank you to Unscripted Durham for making our snowy weekend a safe one by providing a few rooms for our frontline workers to spend the night within walking distance to UMD. It kept staff off the icy roads and ready to serve our neighbors in need without disruption. Being fully staffed not only means keeping beds open and hot meals ready for distribution, but it allows greater flexibility to respond to needs as they arise. That meant opening our doors to a few extra community members for white flag night and allowing residents to stay indoors when it's below freezing. Thanks again, Unscripted! Your provision of shelter sure had a snowball effect!
Fill your belly at @bullandbean this weekend (December 18th and 19th). And if you mention your visit with "Tastiest Town Profit Share," 10% of the proceeds will go to UMD! Thanks Bull and Bean and @tastiesttown
Honor your loved ones with a holiday card that gives back! Cards are $5 each. You can pop a card into the mail this year to let your friends and family both far and near know you are thinking about them. Or you can turn it into an alternative gift opportunity to make a larger donation to UMD in honor of your loved ones as a holiday gift. You can pick up cards from 9am-5pm from UMD. Go to the front lobby of our 410 Liberty Street location (look for the purple awning) and ask for Joe or Jennifer. We'll be glad to help you!
Think back to holidays past. The anticipation of opening a brightly-colored package. Oh, wait, it's from your aunt. There she sits beaming. You tear at the paper and half-heartedly offer up, "I wonder what it is?" You know full well what it is. It's the same thing she gives you every year: a six-pack of underwear. And, of course, the worst isn't over, as she prods you, "Hold it up, honey, so everyone can see!" Yikes.

Now, imagine you're homeless. How do you think you'd feel about a gift of underwear? Grateful. Touched. Because it's a gift that affords dignity. We're hoping to package gifts of underwear and other practical items like belts, socks, and warm hats for our residents ahead of Christmas. Can you help us secure these presents through Amazon? 

Holiday Amazon Wishlist: https://tinyurl.com/ShareTheMerry
Today is the day to do what is already in your heart. You want to help people. You want to pay it forward. You want to make a real difference in your community. The hard part is just pushing pause and doing what you already want to do. 

So take a moment today. Press pause. Make a donation. When you give your dollars to  UMD, your neighbors benefit right away with meals, groceries, and emergency shelter. And best of all, your impact can last! With help from our case managers and workforce development team, hundreds of individuals and families end their homelessness at UMD by exiting into permanent housing.

You can put a check in the mail or you can make a quick gift online. Go to our website and click the purple donate now button. Link in bio. #givingtuesday
Whoa! It's already time to Share the Merry at UMD! Check out our new holiday wish list. Add some cheer to your shopping cart for your neighbors in need.
https://tinyurl.com/ShareTheMerry

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Hurricane Ian Update: We will be open for regular services on Friday and Saturday. Stay safe, everyone!

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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!

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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 The Forest at Duke Continuing Care Retirement Community , RTI International , Bart D. Ehrman 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!

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It’s coming…AGAIN! And this time, you’re in the driver’s seat! On Tuesday, September 20th, we’re going to reveal our Empty Bowls replacement fundraiser on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook couldn’t fix our tech problem that would allow this “big reveal” to be shared with a wider audience—so we need YOU! When you see our announcement on Tuesday, please share it widely on your social media feeds! You can help us close the gap in getting the message out. We’re counting on you—and so are our neighbors in need!

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Check it out! Our friends at the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs spent part of their workday assembling 100 hygiene kits for the Community Shelter and Food Pantry & Clothing Closet. Thanks, Duke!

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Summer is fading fast, but rays of light still shine bright. It’s not just the sun--it’s our fantastic community! Tomorrow, UMD board member Tarkisha Poole and some of her coworkers from Coastal Credit Union are dropping off 100 bags of non-perishable food that their staff collected over the summer. Their employees are not back to volunteering in-person yet, so they challenged each other to shop for a neighbor in need instead. Such a large donation of groceries will go a long way to re-stock our Food Pantry and Clothing, which provides essential goods to nearly 125 households each Tuesday morning. But to make that happen—someone has to weigh, sort, and store that donation. Weighing donations is key to calculating the cost of in-kind gifts for UMD’s financial accountability. So, it’s an important job. We are lucky to have 16 friends from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin coming in to help as part of their Day of Service! They will spend a few hours hard at work at UMD, making sure the food is ready to go out quickly to the people who need it most.

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Special Delivery! The Carolina Arbors community dropped off 249 pairs of underwear for their neighbors in need at UMD! These sweet friends of ours hold an underwear drive twice a year and then celebrate with something sweet: an ice cream party! But do you know who else is celebrating? The residents at UMD. Our staff works really hard to keep our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet stocked with underwear. It's a basic need for hygiene and dignity. Want to lead a drive? Find out more here: https://umdurham.org/volunteer/#section-1345-138.

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Every few months, our friends from Old Navy give us a call to schedule special volunteer activities for their staff. As you can see, they have a great time sorting clothing and working on one-time project needs. These "small" jobs make a big impact at UMD. Serving 6,000 people each year means it's all hands on board! Want to lend a hand? Find out more about volunteering on our webpage: https://umdurham.org/

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