Durham Ministries

The Durham Ministry Team coordinates our involvement with local ministries tackling important social issues, such as hunger, homelessness, and community development. Contact Bo Harrison for more information.

Deep Common Journey Partners

Reality 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

Families Moving Forward offers a temporary home to families with children in the crisis of homelessness. Working together, we create a path to stability and self-sufficiency through personalized services and ongoing community support. Volunteers are a vital part of this ministry and there are many new and exciting opportunities.Contact: Anne Paulson

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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


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

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