The Harrelson Center is a nonprofit center that supports and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the Wilmington community. The center works with its partners to meet the needs of the community such as safe and affordable housing, education, employment, health care and family support. The center recognizes the critical needs of others and encourages, uplifts and assists them in rebuilding their lives through the services provided at the center.
Support is provided to partners through the coordination of collaborative fundraising, education and shared expenses. The Center provides below-market rental rates and paid utilities for its partners. The Center coordinates social and educational opportunities, promotes its partners services to the community and provides volunteer recruitment. This synergistic environment allows all of the nonprofits to operate more efficiently and better utilize their funding.
Habitat for Humanity
Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry assisting families in the Cape Fear Region towards the purchase of a Habitat home. How do we do that? By building quality homes that we sell at no profit to families in need. As a private, non-profit organization, our interest-free mortgages allow a wider range of lower income families to qualify for home ownership. We work closely with volunteers, sponsors and families in the Habitat for Humanity program to not only construct homes, but to build better lives.
Care Net Counseling
We are a non-profit organization offering counseling services. All of our providers are professionally trained and licensed in the state of North Carolina.
Our goal is for our clients to experience renewal in their lives by promoting psychological, emotional and spiritual health through compassionate, professional counseling. Our therapists also offer faith-integrated counseling.
Christian Women's Job Corps
The purpose of Christian Women's Job Corps and Christian Men's Job Corps is to provide a Christian context in which persons in need are equipped for life and employment; and a missions context in which women help women and men help men.
Domestic Violence Shelter
The Domestic Violence Shelter works toward empowering the increasing number of victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing shelter and on-going support services, as well as public awareness and prevention programs.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
First Baptist Church hosts homeless families assisted by the Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN) four times a year. Faith communities throughout Wilmington collaborate to house and provide meals for these families. On a rotating basis, 13 host congregations provide accommodations and meals for up to four families for one week, four times a year. An additional 25 congregations support the hosts, providing material, human, and financial resources to support the program. Volunteers from the congregations provide meals and support services. Contact Gary Gupton at 371-0033 to join this ministry team.
The WIHN mission is to provide Cape Fear's homeless families with emergency and transitional services that assist them in regaining their independence.
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard serves those who are hungry in the Wilmington area through distribution of emergency food. This service is provided by volunteers in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.
Once a month, any needy individual or family may go to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard to receive a 3-5 day supply of groceries.
Life Line Crisis Pregnancy Center
Life Line Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests, confidential peer counseling, information on abortion alternatives, adoption, parenting, and pregnancy related issues.
A Safe Place
A Safe Place focuses on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking.
Communities in Schools of Cape Fear
CISCF works in partnership with public schools to identify and connect students, many in jeopardy of dropping out, with the community resources they need to stay engaged in school.
CISCF offers programs in area schools and brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers together to help meet students’ needs.
The Help Hub program helps meet the emergency needs of individuals referred by the center's partner organizations and local churches. These needs are often critical in nature and fall outside of the direct mission of the referring partner.
The Help Hub provides consultation to people in need by assisting them with financial needs such as emergency shelter, utility and medical bills and transportation. The Help Hub also connects people with Harrelson Center partners and additional community resources.
Throughout the Gospels Jesus calls his followers to care for their neighbors. We have the opportunity to do just that (literally) with our Activities Center neighbors at Alderman Elementary School. We have begun a partnership with this school that involves many different ministries, from helping with landscaping and painting to providing school supplies for the kids and assistance to the teachers. There are always new needs and projects that deserve our time and resources so that we can make sure that God's love is felt and that the students and teachers know that First Baptist Church cares about them and the Alderman Community. For more information, contact Heather Sutton.
Good Shepherd Ministry
Good Shepherd Ministries offers a day shelter for Wilmington's homeless and near homeless population, providing breakfast, showers, lockers, phone messages, clothing exchange and protection from inclement weather. The soup kitchen provides a hot meal Monday through Friday and bag lunches on Saturday to over 100 men and women daily. The Job Program connects individuals with day labor and longer term work opportunities. The Transitional Housing program helps men and women to stabilize their living situations and to get back on their feet again. For more information on Good Shepherd Ministries, contact Verna Mansfield at 763-4424.