Our Mission:

To provide a humanitarian services campus of nonprofit organizations that offer hope, opportunity, and empowerment.

The Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation 501c3 (EIN 20-3598248) 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 in areas 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 in the center.

The Center provides its nonprofit partners social and educational opportunities, marketing and promotions, volunteer recruitment and a place of collaboration for them to help those in need in our community. The center supports its partners with below-market rental rates that cover all utilities, parking and security. This synergistic environment allows all the nonprofits to operate more efficiently and better utilize their funding.

Bobby Harrelson said it best in Crazy Like A Fox, an article in Wilmington Magazine. "It's a safe wonderful environment for all those charities to be located in. Our vision was to create a place that could put the charities together that were helping those who wanted to help themselves. We're not a hand-out place; we're a hand-up place."

A place where needs are met, dreams are fostered and hope abounds. 

harrelson center testimonials

From our Partners, Board of Directors, Neighbors, and more! 

  • “The truest measure of love is revealed by how we respond to the needs of others. The desire to give and serve others stems from a place of earnest compassion. People with hearts to serve and love to give….that’s what you will find at the Harrelson Center."

    Missy Bennett, Executive Director, Operation Pretty Things

  • "The Harrelson Center really provides a unique opportunity to serve people holistically. If I'm not the expert in one area, I know already that somebody is within the Harrelson Center. It's an amazing way to provide a warm handoff so that people have all of their needs served." 

    Emilie Hart, Regional Director for the Cape Fear Chapter of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Raleigh

  • "As other partners joined the Center, CIS was able to connect our families to more resources." 

    Louise Hicks, Executive Director, Community In Schools of Cape Fear

  • "We are grateful for the resources and partners the Harrelson Center has introduced to us." 

    Tina Ivins, Executive Director, Coastal BUDS

  • "We value the Harrelson Center for the resources that they give us every day for our community” 

    Diane Brock, Peer Recovery Resources

  • "Since Voyage moved into The Harrelson Center in January, our partnership and combined programming has only strengthened. Together we create higher quality programs, we’re better able to remove barriers, and we have more space to provide instruction with positive adult role models. Here, we have shared resources, funding, and space with the Center just bringing it all together."   

    Genna Wirth. Executive Director, Voyage

    & Dr. Rob Condon, Executive Director, Young Scientists Academy

  • "We have been at the Harrelson Center for 3 years and it's been a dream come true!"

    Cindy Moore, Quality Services Director, GHA Autism Supports

  • "The Center has been such a big part of our growth and development... providing us with a solid home base and a network of valuable partners."

    - Steve Spain, Executive Director, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, 

    2020 Partner of the Year

  • "I truly appreciate the way you assisted me. 

    From start to finish, I was treated with kindness and dignity. I work for a non-profit and it is encouraging to know when I refer clients to you that they will feel cared for and not judged. 

    Thank you for helping me and our community."

    - Linda M.

    Thank you note

    from neighbor receiving assistance and guidance at Help Hub

  • "Being a partner of the Harrelson Center has allowed Soaring As Eagles to soar even higher than before. The collaborations and friendships are blessings to me and to our organization. Through these collaborations, we have been able to extend our reach to help more families in our local community."

    - Kim Ceasar, Executive Director, Soaring As Eagles

  • "The Harrelson Center changes the lives of people in amazing ways. Whether they are seeking financial help, spiritual help, whether they are looking for a job, clothing, food or encouragement, a listening ear or someone to help build them up, people can come here because it is not only in the heart of Wilmington but IS the heart of Wilmington."

    - Jim Everette, Harrelson Center Ex-Officio Board Member

    & Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church

  • “We are all different parts, but part of the same body. Even though every partner is separate, there is cohesiveness. We mesh and balance each other.” 

    - Jerri Holliday, Executive Director, Philippians 3 Ministries

  • “Operating out of our beautiful new space on the 4th floor of the Harrelson Center has contributed to this year’s success, as we have more space to serve our growing number of participants, valued partners nearby and light that brings energy and hope to all! We are so grateful to be a part of the Harrelson Center community.” 

    - Will Rikard, Executive Director, StepUp Wilmington