Basic Needs Services address survival and safety needs of women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Women’s Center provides the only day shelter for women and families in Wake County. Day shelter insures that women and children have a safe place to be during the day time hours. It also insures that they can get in out of the cold and rain or out of the harsh heat during the summer.
Services include food for improved nutrition, access to transportation (bus tickets), personal hygiene products, emergency food and food referrals, clothing, direct financial assistance, mail and message services, access to a phone, and aid in obtaining an identification card (vital to their ability to access other community services) and a criminal record check. In addition, Basic Needs Services are often the portal of engagement to other support services we provide, such as recovery readiness for substance abusers and engagement for mental health treatment, and/or our housing assistance.
The Supportive Services Program provides case management, financial assistance counseling, homeless prevention, and health education and testing. Case management for individuals can range from an assessment of strengths and needs to full support in attaining and maintaining the client’s goal of self-sufficiency.
Homeless prevention is provided to those who earn at or below 50% of area median income. We assess their homelessness risk and then work with each woman or family to determine goals to be set and financial assistance to be provided to help them maintain their housing. Assistance and support can range from a single occurrence to several months, depending on the needs of the household. This assistance is dependent on the availability of funds.
Health education and services are provided in partnersip with public and private agencies.
We have partnered with Advance Community Health who is providing primary physical and mental health care on site Wednesday from 9 a.m. – noon each week.
Free and confidential HIV/STD / Hepatitis C testing is provided twice a month on site by Wake County Human Services.
Where: Women’s Center of Wake County
112 Cox Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays 12:00-2:00pm
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