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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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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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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.
🎤 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.

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Thank you to the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties for #volunteering to serve lunch today!

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Thank you to Insight Colearning Center for volunteering earlier this week!

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In honor of #MLKDay our lobby will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15. Thank you to the Alpha Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, GlaxoSmithKline, First Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC, New Red Mountain Missionary Baptist Church Relias and any and all other faith partners, sororities, community organizations, and local school groups etc. for participating in weekend and offsite day of service projects in honor of MLK day. We are VERY grateful!

Please help us brighten the holidays for our neighbors in need. https://umdurham.org/donate/ Thank you and happy holidays!

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Thank you, Duke's Fuqua School of Business volunteers for helping out in our clothing closet today!

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The lobby will be closed on Wed., Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

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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. image.png The lobby in the Resource Center will be closed on Thanksgiving day, and back open Friday morning. Have a happy & safe Thanksgiving, one & all!

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