Hope Mission assistance programs.

Services from Hope Mission can help lower income families that are facing a temporary emergency. The organization and its staff partner with the applicant in an effort to help them exit poverty or to keep their family fed using their Community Kitchen. Or if a client is threatened by homelessness due to an eviction or foreclosure, then the services from the non-profit will help them find an affordable home to live in. So various programs are arranged for income qualified Carteret County residents.

Hope Mission Emergency Shelter serves men from the community. Others, such as parents or guardians accompanied by minor children or by children who have reached age 18, but are currently enrolled in high school can be provided referrals. Adults across Carteret County who are seeking lodging must have legal custody of any minors, and must be present to complete and submit an application, in person. Pregnant women are also welcome to apply for shelter.

Emergency Assistance from Hope Mission of Carteret Outreach Service provides either/or financial and material support on behalf of struggling families (including senior citizens and the disabled) in crisis situations. The focus of any help is on families that are self-sufficient but facing a short term hardship. There may be assistance in the form of homelessness prevention, grants for paying a utility bill or deposit, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs such as to a job interview. Referrals are also made by providing a central information base for community service agencies that can render needed services.

These services provide assistance to families who are in a crisis. For example, if a family is short on their rent, there may be financial help given to them to prevent an eviction. Other money can be used for utility or water bills to prevent a disruption of services and preventing homelessness.

A soup kitchen and food pantry can help feed struggling families. With all too many children facing hunger, and the elderly sometimes unable to get to a store to shop, Hope Mission may be able to assist.

One way they do this is from the community kitchen. The charity can also provide an emergency box of groceries or deliver a meal to a homebound members of the community, including in Beaufort.

  • Every effort will be made to meet USDA guidelines for the food provided.
  • Single parents or new moms can look into free baby formula or other supplies, such as diapers.
  • Special seasonal programs can be provided, such as free Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other holiday meals.
  • Students can receive summer meals when they are out of school.




The Hope Mission pantry will try not to turn anyone away. However applicants should come prepared with proof of income and residency. They may also want to bring their own boxes or grocery bags to use as the food bank is a “client” choice operation.

When it comes the the Community Kitchen, this often serves thousands of free hot meals per year. The guests come from all parts of the county and are different ages, races, and religions. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are offered too. The location is open 6 days per week.

Hope Mission Men’s Assessment program is facilitated by the social service agencies and the government and is focused on those who stayed in the shelter. This process offers homeless, struggling men access to outreach and case management. There are even some resources that are specifically for treatment of a mental illness.

More practical support is arranged. This includes help in applying for social security cards, a job, or advice in securing other identification. Or if more complicated needs are in place, there may be help to address a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Those who enroll must have either been unable to engage in traditional assistance on their own accord.

Workforce Development/Employment Plus provides both free career counseling as well as cutting-edge training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment. Program participants receive one-on-one job coaching to hone their technical skills to increase their marketability to potential employers. Interpersonal skills training is also available.

As far as the technical skills in Carteret County, this ranges from academic course work, computer literacy, résumé writing, mock interviewing, and financial literacy/credit repair. Graduates also work with a job placement coach on their search.

The shelter, and other outreach services from Hope Mission of Carteret County, are based at 1420 Bridges Street, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557. The phone number is (252) 240-2359.



By Jon McNamara

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