Ship Community Outreach A 501(c)(3) charitable organization


Creating healthy and safe communities that are free of dependencies and capable of producing strong families.

Mission Statement

To be neighbors working for social and economic change to uplift our community.

Core Values

SELFLESSLY SERVE by using our gifts, talents and resources for those in need.

HELP NEIGHBORS who are underserved and under-resourced.

INTENTIONALLY CONNECT with others in our community.

POSITIVELY INFLUENCE many, one person at a time.

Ship Community Outreach meets immediate needs of low-income neighbors, giving them dignity and hope.

Ship Community Outreach provides:

  • Food, clothing and a hot meal at community events
  • Food to partners who expand our reach
  • Food collection, storage and distribution
  • Independent low-cost healthy grocery shopping
  • Job readiness training and career opportunities
  • Health screenings and support
  • Weight training and nutrition counseling to improve self-discipline and self-esteem
Ship Community Outreach accomplishes all of this through donations and volunteers.

Our Story

Chris Jones grew up in Southeast Raleigh. A neighborhood closeby, South Park, is Raleigh’s largest historic African American neighborhood, occupying 30 blocks in downtown Raleigh.

South Park has a per capita income of $18K, which is lower than 98.9% of neighborhoods in the US.
The poor economic condition of South Park made way for crime, gang activity, substance abuse, and loss of hope.

When Chris and his wife, Jaqueline saw many of their neighbors in desperation, their hearts were driven to help. They started Ship of Zion church in 2001 and welcomed the community into their doors with love and compassion.

In 2002, Chris and Jaqueline, with the help of Paul and Kathy Moseley, began “Community Day” at Ship of Zion church. Each month at Community Day, they give large boxes of food, clothing, a hot meal, medical screening, encouragement and hope to their neighbors.

Day by day, year by year, the pastors have earned the trust of the community, helping each person in need, expressing their love through action.

Over the years, other churches in the area saw the impact Ship of Zion was making in their community. Using the resources of Bread of Life, the food collection and distribution arm of Ship Community Outreach, they began their own outreaches to help their communities.

Now, more than 3,000 people are served each month at outreaches throughout the Raleigh, Garner and Wake Forest.

Through our partnerships with Brown Bag Ministry, With Love from Jesus. Wilmington Street Men's Shelter and NC Correctional Institution for Women we are able to impact 21,000 more people each month.

Galley Grocery provides low cost healthy food and essentials in a safe environment in an area in Raleigh, NC that is a food desert, where the closest grocery store is over 6 miles away.
Neighbors move from receiving food from Bread of Life to shopping at Galley Grocery as they become increasingly independent.
Because the Galley Grocery is non-profit, donations from local churches allow us to offer items at low prices.

The Ship Yard

Next door to the Galley Grocery is the Ship Yard, a free weight room, fitness center and gathering place for the local community.

During his visits to the local prison, Chris noticed that inmates used weightlifting and the pursuit of personal fitness and nutrition to help them abstain from drug use.

He believed that if he could provide a way for residents in his neighborhood to work out, eat healthy, and grow strong, they would gain confidence and self discipline, giving them motivation to work and care for their families.

Ship Yard focuses on healthy living, fellowship and crime prevention.
The Ship Yard is open to the community free of charge and offers weight lifting instruction, nutrition counseling, and youth weight lifting camps with competitions.

Transitional Employment Initiative

To enable residents to find jobs, Chris and Jaqueline started the Transitional Employment Initiative to train students in job skills, obtain certifications, and find internships with local business partners willing to give them a chance.

Transitional Employment Initiative (TEI) is an eight-week job readiness and personal enrichment program in which participants gain the discipline, work ethic, confidence and vocational skills needed to become marketable, long-term productive employees.

The TEI program focuses on young people who have been shaped by high rates of poverty, unstable families, school suspensions, exposure to violent and criminal activity and a lack of job opportunities.

Volunteers among the business community teach classes and mentor students to prepare them for their internships and future careers.

Eighty people have successfully completed the TEI program.

Ship Community Outreach desires to continue to serve and uplift the South Park neighborhood and other communities in Raleigh and beyond.

To expand our facilities and to serve more communities, additional resources are critical.

Ship Community Outreach Goals

  • Expand the number of communities served by Bread of Life and replicate Community Day outreaches in more communities.
  • Upgrade the facilities and product offerings of the Galley Grocery Store to better serve the needs of the community.
  • Expand facilities and programs offered at the Ship Yard.
  • Provide Transition Employment Initiative training to more students and increase number of business partners to provide more job opportunities.
  • Provide a community center for the South Park neighborhood for after school programs, tutoring, and community events.
If you would like to help Ship Community Outreach reach these goals, please consider donating your time and resources.



Ship Community Outreach

Anchoring Communities in Hope



105 East Lee Street, Raleigh, NC 27601




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