our mission

The mission of DurhamCares is to foster collaboration, develop leaders, and educate the people
of our city to care for their neighbors in holistic ways.

Learn more about how we live out this mission:
Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope, Church Mobilization, Resources, events.

the team

Reynolds Chapman

Reynolds Chapman

Executive Director

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson

Board Director

Georie Bryant

Georie Bryant

Church Mobilization Intern

Gina Chung

Gina Chung

Board Director

Keith Daniel

Keith Daniel

Board Chair

Christina Gonzalez

Christina Gonzalez

Board Director

Tamario Howze

Tamario Howze

Church Mobilization Intern

Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson

Board Director

Joye Speight

Joye Speight

Board Director

Miriam Valle

Miriam Valle

Programs and Operations Assistant

KJ Hill

KJ Hill

Board Director

Desmera Gatewood

Desmera Gatewood

Board Director

Holistic approach

We believe that whole communities with whole people call for holistic care.

There are no simple solutions to the complex challenges our city faces. The gifts our city has to offer are found throughout, even in places that have been overlooked. That is why we take a holistic and community-driven approach modeled off the eight key components of Christian Community Development. We create initiatives for collaboration and teach principles that foster healthy community engagement in a variety of settings.

DurhamCares takes its mission inspiration from the story of the Good Samaritan – the call to love God first and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39). Our vision is the biblical concept of shalom (Jer. 29:7), a comprehensive flourishing for all people. We envision a city where there is peace and justice, where there is nothing missing and nothing broken – where Durham residents love their neighbors.
As a Christian organization we work primarily with churches while affirming, celebrating and collaborating with groups and people of other faiths.

Values

We are motivated and guided by the life and work of Jesus Christ

We listen to all voices, particularly those on the margins

We value collaboration that is inclusive, equitable and holistic

We educate, train and equip others

history

2009-2013

DurhamCares is founded by Henry Kaestner. Mobilizes 800+ residents to volunteer and raises $200k+ for Durham nonprofits.

2013-2016

DurhamCares implements Collaborative Marketing Campaigns to educate Durham residents about issues and inspire action. Reaches over 15 million.

Church Mobilization initiative is launched to foster collaboration and equip churches to implement holistic Christian Community Development ministry. Over 50 churches reached.

2016-2017

Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope is launched – 5 pilgrimages, 70+ participants.

Church Mobilization Network begins place-based quarterly cohort gatherings with 10 churches in East Durham.

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