Urban Ministries of Wake County emergency assistance programs.

The less fortunate and poor in Wake County North Carolina can get help from Urban Ministries. The non-profit advocates on behalf of the low income and they also offer some of their own programs. Examples of resources offered include health care from the Open Door Clinic, shelter from the Helen Wright Center for Women, and a free food pantry for families and children. Referrals are also offered from the Crisis Support Program. The main office is at 1390 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603. Dial 919.836.1642.

A food bank from Urban Ministries is the second largest pantry in Raleigh and Wake County. The pantry offers the community with up to a weeks’ worth of canned goods and groceries. It is for both individuals and families in need. In addition, the charity and its partner serve meals, including to children during the summer month. Seniors from the community can also benefit from these feeding resources.

Urban Ministries harvests food, provide boxes of canned goods, passes out vegetables, and has information on government programs such as SNAP. Staff help people by offering education, advice, and helping them make the right food choices.

Different types of food are available, and that is really driven by donations and volunteers. The demand is high so please be patient and understanding when requesting help or receiving meals from the agency.

Get help in finding and paying for prescription medications. Urban Ministries of Wake County uses funding from partners such as the Filling in Gaps. As a result, they are able to help hundreds of people each year obtain any needed prescription medications that are beyond their financial reach. Not only that, but Urban Ministries also runs one of the only free on-site pharmacies in the region. For those that qualify, the organization may have prescription drugs available at no charge to clients.

Job Link helps underemployed and unemployed job seekers from North Carolina. They can get advice and support with resume and cover letter writing, access to job training and supportive services, and employment readiness skills. Having a decent paying job is very important to breaking the cycle of poverty.





Open Door Community Clinic offers medications, comprehensive primary care and support to hundreds of patients. The low cost or free clinic coordinates access to physicians, specialists, radiology and lab services, and provides expedited enrollment for referrals from partners. The clinic is committed to providing high-quality health care and education to adults in Wake County. It is for people who lack adequate income, that do not have health insurance coverage, and other means to pay medical bills on their own.

The Ark Shelter, also known as Helen Wright Center for Women, can provide short term housing for the homeless in Wake County. The location and its staff work to reduce homelessness by providing support services and temporary housing. The site will promote independence.

What is available includes transitional shelter, basic needs and case management to help homeless women move toward independence and find and pay for permanent housing. Social services include life skills training, job readiness, home ownership, and assistance for health-related issues.





Note that there is normally is a waiting list for any housing or shelter programs. When staying there, guests need to work with a case manager to set goals. They also need to volunteer to help the facility keep running. The center is located at 401 West Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. Call 919.833.1748.

By Jon McNamara

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