Our Board from left to right: Doreen Trottier, Brandy Vinson, Bill Staton, Sophia Grear, Lynn Chalk, Teresa Carraway, Susan Zachary: Inset Sally Love & Deb Ryals.

Why This Ministry?

Each year almost 100 women and children in Beaufort County are homeless. Either they find themselves completely without shelter of any kind or they live temporarily with neighbors or extended family, frequently moving from one place to another, sleeping on whatever space is available. Sometimes, they wind up sleeping in their cars.

They are among us every day but are often out of our sight. Most of us are blessed to have sufficient means to secure our own housing, provide ourselves with ample clothing and have enough to eat every day. Homeless men can turn to the Zion Shelter for help, while Ruth’s House assists female victims of domestic violence with a safe place to stay. Other women and children who find themselves homeless haven’t had a place that offers care and support. UNTIL NOW!

Our Vision

To have eyes to see and respond to those rendered invisible and excluded, open hearts to reach out in love and mercy to include them, strong hands to help their hurts without judgment and a spirit of gratitude for the opportunity to serve those in need.

OUR OFFICERS from left to right: Doreen Trottier, Brandy Vinson, Bill Staton, & Teresa Carraway.

Who We Are

Open Door Community Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2016 by a group of volunteers representing churches, community service organizations, civic groups and concerned citizens. We are dedicated to the mission of understanding and providing safe shelter to Beaufort County women and children in need Our goal is to create a place that will also provide referrals to services that can help homeless women & children improve their circumstances. We believe the time is right to address this urgent need by reaching out to those who share our vision.

The Open Door Community Center opened its doors in 2019, and since that time we’ve assisted families throughout Beaufort County in the difficult task of transitioning from homelessness.

Families Served

71 Women

43 Children

Kimberly Darlene Oden

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My brother Derrick Oden and I (Angela Oden) wanted to do something very special to honor our late sister Kimberly Darlene Oden who passed away on August 24.

Kimberly would not have wanted a sea of flowers, but would rather see those funds assist a mom and her children.

Kimberly was a married young mom when she had her son. There were struggles to make a living. She knew too well the hardships of providing for the ones she loved.

The struggle became a mission of hers as she went on into the US Navy, completing her undergraduate at Campbell University and graduate at Capella University all with honors.

Kim’s career remained focused on services for veterans and civilians up until the time of her untimely passing.

To honor her friends, colleagues and family, Derrick and I would be delighted if you would give back and pay it forward in memory of our beloved sister.

We truly believe the blessing of helping the families in need would be the greatest gift that she’d smile upon.
Blessings, and remember, you can’t beat Gods giving. Nothing is too small or too large. Every coin and dollar COUNTS.

Thank you all,

Derrick Oden
Angela Oden

ODCC’s continued operation is made possible by these generous organizations:



Open Door Community Center in Washington recently welcomed several new members to sit on their Board of Directors. We would like to thank our entire board and staff for their hours of contribution and their help in fulfilling our mission of helping homeless women and children.

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New major gift

New major gift

Open Door Community Center gratefully accepts a recent donation from Melissa Spain, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation of NC East. This support will enable Open Door Community Center to continue working with homeless women and children as they prepare...

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Our February 22, 2019 Open House

Our February 22, 2019 Open House

February 22, 2019 was cold and rainy, but that didn’t prevent the community from coming out to celebrate Open Door Community Center (ODCC) being open and providing a home for women and their children who otherwise would be out in the rain and cold.  Guests came to see...

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A Generous Gift

A Generous Gift

  ODCC News We Want to Share!   From Washington Daily News: November 2018 Open Door Community Foundation receives generous gift GENEROSITY: The Louise R. Lester Foundation awards a $10,000 grant to Open Door Community Center. Pictured are Barry Robertson,...

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Open Door Community Center

1240 Cowell Farm Road

Washington, NC 27889


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Open Door Community Center