Helen Wright Center for Women: Helping with Emergent Issue in Wake County
  • Each year, about 800 single women experience homelessness in Wake County
  • 24 beds were added to our current shelter to meet emergent crisis among this demographic with help of Wake County Commissioners
  • We can now shelter 60 women a night
  • Our new 73-bed shelter will be complete in 2020, but funding is still needed to assist in ongoing increased operations
  • 425 women sheltered and counseled in FY 2018-19
  • 68 left with signed leases and we continue to find housing for the women in our program

Janice is a former guest of Helen Wright Center for Women. See how she turned things around when she found herself homeless and in an unfamiliar place.

The Open Door Clinic: Saving & Improving Lives
  • About 90,000 Wake County residents are uninsured
  • In FY 2018-19, the Open Door Clinic treated 1,826 uninsured neighbors
  • 24 were cured of Hepatitis C with more to be entered into that program
  • Of patients surveyed, 88% said they had fewer ER visits and 95% said their overall health improved
  • Blood pressure and diabetic testing measures beat national standards
  • 44,971 prescriptions were filled in our in-house pharmacy and the cost to our patients was $0
  • We will open the clinic an additional night in 2020
Client Choice Food Pantry: Feeding Neighbors in Crisis with Healthy Food
  • More than 126,000 people in Wake County are food insecure
  • In FY 2018-19 our Client Choice Food Pantry served 29,005 neighbors in need including more than 9,000 children
  • Almost half of the food in the pantry is fresh produce and frozen meat
  • 8,000 pounds of fresh produce is grown and harvested by some of our volunteer doctors in an urban garden near our offices
  • We are Wake County's largest client-choice pantry which means people shop for their food, just like in a grocery store


  • We partner with FIGS to fill nearly 600 prescriptions a year for people waiting on renewals.
  • A chaplain greets our guests and gives out more than 1600 warm referrals to partner agencies for services such as housing, dental, and financial assistance.

how we do it: volunteers

  • In FY 2018-19, 1574 volunteers gave more than 39,000 hours of their time to Urban Ministries of Wake County
  • They work in all of our programs and are dedicated to the mission
  • The total value of their time is more than $1.2 million