Welcome to the Harrelson Center

The Harrelson Center is a nonprofit center that supports and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the Wilmington community. The center works with its partners to meet the needs of the community such as safe and affordable housing, education, employment, health care and family support. The center recognizes the critical needs of others and encourages, uplifts and assists them in rebuilding their lives through the services provided at the center.

Support is provided to our partners through the coordination of collaborative fundraising, education and shared expenses. The Center provides below-market rental rates and paid utilities for its partners. The Center coordinates social and educational opportunities, promotes partner services to the community and provides volunteer recruitment. This synergistic environment allows all of the nonprofits to operate more efficiently and better utilize their funding.

harrelson center's 2016 year in review


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The Help Hub

A few years ago, several churches in the Wilmington area met to discuss the best ways to collaboratively serve people in need. The concept of a centralized emergency outreach center was born and The Help Hub was established. Today it provides short- term or emergency assistance to individuals and families in need of financial help and or guidance to connect them with additional resources. 

The Help Hub was founded by: The Harrelson Center, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. James Episcopal Church in 2015. Other churches have since joined the effort including Holy Cross Episcopal Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Winter Park Presbyterian Church and Wrightsville United Methodist Church. 

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Harrelson Center Celebrates 10 years

September 2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of The Harrelson Center! To celebrate we marked the occasion by "Honoring The Past with New Beginnings" at a special ceremony. Mike Queen and Bobby Harrelson gave a historical perspective, Jerri Holliday sang, and District Attorney Ben David painted a vision of the community and center in years to come. We also inducted our first ten Honorary Board Members during the ceremony. Thank you to everyone who made this event so special!