Durham Ministries

The Durham Ministry Team coordinates our involvement with local ministries tackling important social issues, such as domestic and sexual violence, hunger, homelessness, and unplanned pregnancy. Contact Bo Harrison for more information.

Deep Common Journey Partners

reality-ministriesReality Ministries a community-based non-profit with an emphasis on holistic education and collective transformation. Staff and volunteers are committed to developing meaningful relationships with at-risk youth, as well as teens and adults with cognitive impairments. Twice a month, Blacknall volunteers host Reality participants for a “Pass the Peas” dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Contact: David Sittser

IHN-logoDurham Interfaith Hospitality Network provides temporary housing and assistance to homeless families. The ministry assists up to three families at a time who eat dinner and sleep at participating local churches over the course of three months, to give them time to transition to permanent housing. Each church serves as a host for a week at a time. IHN seeks volunteers to prepare and serve evening meals; eat with families; and stay overnight at the church with another volunteer and the participating families. We need 8-10 volunteers each evening we host. Contact: Brian Averette

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DMD LogoLooking for ways to serve our neighbors in Durham? Come to a Durham Ministry Day (formerly “Great Day of Service”) where we serve alongside one of our ministry partners listed below.  Check our Announcements page for information on the next upcoming Durham Ministry Day.

Affordable Housing

Habitat for Humanity of Durham provides decent, affordable housing to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase a home. Habitat volunteers and partner families build homes together, leveraging donated or low-cost construction materials and land. Homeowners must provide at least 500 hours of “sweat equity” during the building of their home, for which they receive a no-interest mortgage. Habitat has built more than 150 homes in Durham alone. The ministry seeks in-kind donations, financial contributions, land gifts, and the time and expertise of its volunteers. Contact: Bo Harrison


Child Evangelism Fellowship is an international, interdenominational, organization that teaches children about the gospel via year-round Good News Clubs and summer activities. CEF seeks adult volunteers to teach or host Bible Clubs, serve on local committees, participate in correspondence courses (Mailbox Clubs), and host “Reach the Children” parties. Youth age 12 and up are needed to serve as summer missionaries for Christian Youth in Action. Contact: Frank DiSilvestro

Urban Hope is a year-round inner city initiative of the Navigators, focused on bridging spiritual and economic resources to youth and families in the Walltown neighborhood. Urban Hope works to empower Walltown youth by developing their God-given potential through academics, sports, life skills, discipleship, and financial literacy while maintaining a foundation centered in Christ. Contact: Frank DiSilvestro

The WAY is a mentoring program for middle school youth from the Walltown neighborhood. The WAY seeks to integrate a holistic view of personal development–physical, social, academic, and spiritual–with a holistic view of community development–providing basic needs, empowering young leaders, connecting resources, and bridging institutions. Contact: Frank DiSilvestro

Domestic and Sexual Violence

The Durham Crisis Response Center works with the community to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education, support and prevention. DCRC’s services includes a 24-hour, confidential crisis line for victims of domestic and sexual violence; short-term emergency shelter; hospital and court accompaniment; legal clinics with local attorneys; support groups; short-term individual counseling, and referrals for job training, housing, childcare and other community services—all of these services are offered to the community free of charge. We offer educational workshops and professional training for service providers, churches, schools, police, hospitals, civic groups, and other community members. DCRC also operates the Pennies for Change Thrift Store and seeks donations and volunteers to run the store. Contact: Doug Coonley


The Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope (for men) and Good Samaritan Inn (for women, children & families) help homeless individuals as an emergency shelter. The Mission is unique in that it also offers a year-long, Christ-centered, rehabilitation program, which treats drug and alcohol abuse while encouraging bible study, so God can change hearts and lives, This Victory Program provides career education to prepare residents for employment or further education, while VP residents learn job skills at the Mission or one of its three thrift stores or Temps to the Rescue program. Your gifts, as a volunteer, can be put to work in a variety of capacities including interacting with and mentoring specific individual residents to help them return being productive members of society. Contact: volunteers@durhamrescuemission.com

Genesis Home is a transitional housing program which provides a supportive environment for homeless families with children as they work to reconstruct their lives, find educational and employment opportunities, and learn skills for independent living.  Genesis Home also coordinates the Circles of Support program for families that are transitioning into permanent housing.   A group of 4-10 dedicated volunteers is matched with a family and walks alongside the family for 12 months to help them sustain housing and improve their quality of life.  Genesis Home provides training and supervision to the Support Circle throughout the year.   Contact: Peg Franklin

Housing for New Hope strives to assist homeless people and other persons in crisis develop lives characterized by stability, dignity, hope and independence. The program provides transitional housing, job training, and substance abuse recovery programs. Thirty percent of the wages earned by the residents is funneled back into the ministry. The ministry currently seeks committed volunteers who will assist with screening applicants to the program. Contact: Kay Ferguson


Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals to Durham County residents who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. Meals on Wheels works to enhance the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities and others who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves. Contact: Vic Moore

Urban Ministries Center/Community Kitchen serves hot, nutritious meals to anyone in need three times a day. You can help by preparing and serving food at the kitchen any day of the week or by making food at home, freezing it, and bringing it to the kitchen as part of their “Casseroles for the Kitchen” program. The center also seeks donations of items such as towels, washcloths, bed linens for twin beds, soap, socks, and underwear. Contact: Quentin Ruiz-Esparza

Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy Support Services encourages women experiencing unplanned pregnancies to choose life for their babies. The ministry provides counseling, life skills and parenting workshops, information on adoption, and Bible Studies. It operates offices on UNC and NC Central’s campuses. Volunteers are needed as counselors, receptionists, clothing closet helpers, office support staff, and transportation aides. Contact: Mimi Every


Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) works to bring together congregations to promote understanding across boundaries of faith, race and ethnicity and build an inclusive community of justice and peace. Contact: Vic Moore