Durham Urban Ministries turns 25

DURHAM, N.C. – Against a backdrop of rising foreclosures and falling employment, Urban Ministries of Durham marked its 25th anniversary Oct. 23-25.

The nonprofit, which helps low-income people meet their basic needs, used the occasion to announce its plans to increase services to meet growing community needs.

The group is gearing up to meet increasing requests for food, shelter and clothing and aims to be able to serve all who seek assistance, Greg Rowland, vice chair of the organization, says in a statement.

Demand already has begun to climb, with distribution of canned goods and clothing and the number of bed-nights in its shelter all up 26 percent since January.

Rowland expects needs to increase as the weather gets colder and the economic crisis drags on.

Urban Ministries is calling on the community to help meet the growing demand and held a series of events to educate the public about how it can help, including a day of service Oct. 25, when volunteers work to spruce up the organization’s shelter.

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