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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.

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.

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

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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Our Mission

Our mission is to understand and serve the basic needs of women and children in Beaufort County who seek safe shelter and to nurture their bodies, minds, and souls because of the scourge of homelessness and its many causes and consequences.

Open Door Community Center

1240 Cowell Farm Road

P.O. Box 2753

Washington, NC 27889

Contact us to learn more!

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