About Urban Ministries of Durham

Our mission is to connect with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter, and a future to neighbors in need.

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Urban Ministries of Durham is the primary point of connection for those who are homeless, hungry, or in need in Durham. With the help of nearly 4,000 volunteers, countless donations from the community, and dedicated staff, we serve some 6,000 people each year who come seeking food, shelter, clothing, and supportive services. We are the primary public homeless shelter in Durham, and we welcome neighbors regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or non-faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. We provide immediate relief to those experiencing chronic or temporary homelessness and work with clients to end their homelessness as quickly and responsibly as possible. Last year, 118 people ended their homelessness at UMD.

community SHelter

Using a housing-first, low barrier approach, UMD offers safe emergency shelter to nearly 850 men, women, and children each year. 

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community CAFÉ

UMD serves 3 meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to shelter guests and anyone who is hungry free of charge.

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Using donations from the community, UMD distributes groceries and gently-used clothing to over 500 homeless or low-resource households each year.
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Core Values


We believe in the inherent dignity and value of all people and believe no one’s basic human needs should go unmet. We work to recognize and value each person’s strengths and abilities and to welcome and care for people across the diversity of race, gender, religious beliefs and non-belief, and sexual and political orientation. 


Each person owns the successes and setbacks that result from their choices. We expect each other to live up to the commitments we have made and the goals we have set. We remind everyone in the community of each person’s connection to all their neighbors and the duty to make our community more equitable.


Recognizing that each person is in charge of their own life, we listen closely, work in partnership, and support the ways that those in need help one other. We work in concert with many other organizations to end homelessness and extreme poverty. We believe we all benefit when we use resources efficiently, work as a team, and move forward together.

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