Using a Mind, Body, and Spirit approach, we provide day shelter, hot meals and peer support for people experiencing homelessness in Raleigh, North Carolina. And we couldn’t do it without you.
Our story began as a program of Love Wins Ministries, where we started by sharing food in the park in 2007, which eventually grew into the formation of a hospitality house, where PB&J, coffee, and love was (and is, still!) always available. Our work drew national attention in 2013, when we were threatened with arrest for sharing food with our friends who lived outside.
In early 2016 the Community Engagement Center was spun off as an independent organization, with a separate board and budget, and in June of 2017 we were granted 501 (c)(3) status by the IRS.
Despite the changes, our daily operations are much the same. Stop by. Share a cup of coffee and get to know us.
What We Believe: We believe that homelessness is, at its core, a relationship issue. People who have deep, intimate relationships and a broad spectrum of social contacts don’t end up chronically homeless. The opposite of homelessness isn’t being housed, it is community. We think relationships have the power to change a life, and ultimately, the world. If we want to change the world, we have to do it together.
Who We Are Not: We are not a homeless agency. We are not a soup kitchen. We are not a job-training program. We are not fighting homelessness, but we are fighting the loneliness accompanying homelessness.
What We Do: We listen to stories. We eat together. When available, we offer resources like first-aid supplies, coats, tents, or hygiene kits. We celebrate births. We mourn deaths. We garden. We like to think we’re a little (okay, maybe a lot) like a family. It’s as simple – and as messy – as that.