Welcome to the Community!

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.

Services Provided During Covid-19

  • Meals (To Go Meals)
    • 09:15am-10:15am Monday thru Friday 
    • 11:45am-12:45am Monday thru Friday
    • 5:45pm-6:45pm Tuesday thru Thursday
  • Food Pantry and Hygiene Packs 
    • 10:00am-1:00pm Monday thru Friday
    • 10:00am-6:00pm Tuesday thru Thursday
    • Other times by appointment
  • Support Services (including Peer Support and Pastoral Care)
    • By appointment only
    • Meetings will be virtual when possible

*Call 919.263.2907 to schedule an appointment*

Toilets, Showers and Laundry services are available at Oak City Cares – Monday thru Friday from 9am-5pm (snacks, water, and coffee are provided)

Bus 21 route makes stops at Oak City Cares and LoveWins and is a free ride service.

Our Story

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.

What We Do: We listen to stories. We eat together. When available, we offer resources like first-aid supplies, coats, tents, or hygiene products. 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.