Our History

United Way LogoThe Women’s Center of Wake County, Inc. was incorporated in 1977.  The original mission of a small group of volunteers was to serve women re-entering the community from prison.  The ex-offenders needed assistance in obtaining employment, reconnecting with family and friends, and strengthening their self esteem to become active citizens in the community.

In the early 1980’s, the women’s movement catalyzed the evolution of the services to a much broader population of women.  Career development, consciousness raising groups, peer counseling, and support groups were created to meet the new demand.

In the early 1990’s, the Women’s Center relocated to downtown Raleigh.  With that relocation there came a new population of women in need of services – women who were homeless or on the edge of homelessness.  The Women’s Center re-engineered and restructured its programs and services to address these needs.  With the creation of Basic Needs, Support, and Housing Services, we continue to support, educate and advocate to improve outcomes for the women and families we serve.