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 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, Clients, and more! 

  • "The Harrelson Center is where families, individuals and non-profit organizations come together in our community to meet needs of today and build hope for the future. And they perform their mission with passion and sincerity!! " 

    - Daniel Muldrow

  • "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, 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, StepUp Wilmington Executive Director