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 how their volunteer hours and financial support had come together to transform what was a medical office building into a warm, attractive, safe home.


Catherine Glover, Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director welcomed guests and later conducted the ribbon cutting ceremony on the building’s front steps.  Ms. Glover introduced Michele Mayo, ODCC Board of Directors President who explained the facility’s mission and announced ODCC was serving nine women and their children which is the maximum number allowed by code.  Ms. Mayo then introduced Marcia Norwood, ODCC Executive Director.

Ms. Norwood welcomed guests to the open house and for the opportunity to express appreciation to the honored and deeply appreciated volunteers, whose time, skill, and work have and will continue to change lives for the better.  She spoke also of the women’s appreciation of this opportunity to improve their lives.  Ms. Norwood introduced Rev. Lee Kenny, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, who led in prayer to ask God’s blessing on this home. 

Contractor in Charge – Muriel Moore

Engineer – Curtis McLawhorn

Electrician – Tom Tyrrell

Cypress Landing Blue Hats – Dave Wheelock


And last, but not least Former Senator, Bill Cook, who was gracious enough to get the approval for $100,000 to help with costs at shelter.

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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