Operation Pretty Things - 2023 Partner of the Year

Operation Pretty Things has been loving and empowering

survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2007. 

Watch this 5-minute video to learn about the important impact of OPT.


The Harrelson Center is currently home to 22 nonprofit partners and 17 associate partners that provide centralized humanitarian services to the Wilmington community. Together, our partners have made a measurable impact in the lives of community members in need. 

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A Bike for every child

The mission of A Bike for Every Child is to have our community come together to have every child experience the joy, confidence, and well being of owning and riding a bike. They believe in turning dusty bikes into shiny smiles and supporting our youth to ride into happier, healthier futures!

910.540.8083  |  Suite G2 Lower Level

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cape fear latinos

Mission: To cultivate the advancement of the Latino community in and around New Hanover County, providing social services and developing aid programs. We connect the community to the Centers and Services needed depending on their case.

910.998.0675  |  Suite 450-H

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Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities offers four core programs: Emergency Assistance, Family Support, Disaster Services, Immigration Assistance, and Parish and Community Engagement. Catholic Charities advocates for social and economic justice, as well as addressing immediate needs with emergency resources. 

Immigration Assistance is located in Harrelson Center Suite 450 E&F on Tuesday & Wednesday and at 4280 US Hwy 421 N on Monday & Friday.

910.251.8130 ext. 2703


Coastal BUDS

Coastal BUDS raises awareness and educates the community to help others include and clearly see the value of people with Down syndrome and their families in Southeastern North Carolina.


910.742.5204 | Suite 205

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Family Promise/WIHN (Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network)  delivers case management and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and emergency shelter to homeless families with children; while supplying them with the resources and skills vital to regaining and maintaining financial independence.

910.769.4730 | Suite 440

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Family Support Network

FSN provides parent to parent support and education for families whose child has special needs. Their program strives to: provide one-on-one contact with others who have first-hand experience; promote self-advocacy by parents for their children with special needs; provide family resource information and referral; and promote community awareness and positive collaboration between parents, service provider and the community to advocate for family-centered best practices service delivery.

910.792.6133Suite 209

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Feast down east

Feast Down East strengthens the farming communities in and around the Wilmington area by providing resources, education and distribution opportunities to farmers while addressing equitable food access in communities with the greatest need. Feast Down East envisions a world where sustainable, healthy farms can be passed on to generations to come, and where all have access to affordable, fresh, local, nutritious food. 

910.524.0128 | Suite 222

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foster pantry

The Foster Pantry’s mission is to ease the transitions of children in foster care by cultivating community support and equipping families and children with essential needs and resources.

910.707.4464 | Suite 450-D

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GHA Autism supports

GHA Autism Supports provides quality, community services to meet the unique needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide an array of services and supports for individuals from early childhood through their lifespan. Their commitment is to work collaboratively with individuals, families and stakeholders to support people in achieving their life goals and aspirations. 

Hours of Operation: Port City Academy: Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM

GHA Autism Supports: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM

910.769.1046  |  Suite 300

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Kairos Center

The Kairos Center is founded on the belief that God uniquely created each individual for a distinct and divine purpose. It is their mission to help people discover their passion, purpose and power and to help them embark on the journey to experience their true destiny. Training and practical workshops, along with experiential opportunities, form the foundation of the program.

910.616.0445 | Suite 212

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Legal Aid Second Chance Initiative

Legal Aid of North Carolina is expanding its expungement services to remove a criminal conviction or charge from a person’s record. Such second chance programs allow those who have served their time to be prosperous, law-abiding community members rather than automatically excluded from opportunities and often cycled back into the criminal justice system. We are delighted Legal Aid of NC is bringing their expungement staff to The Harrelson Center, affording our partners’ clients ease of access to these services.  

866.219.5262 x 2659 | Suite 213

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LINC's Local Reentry Council's mission is to reduce recidivism and create a network of organizations assisting returning citizens, maximize the use of existing resources and services, and develop innovative responses to address gaps in resources and services. 

910-889-1140 | Suite 430

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Operation Pretty things

Operation Pretty Things is devoted to loving and empowering women victimized of domestic violence and sexual assault. By coming alongside domestic violence shelter, and sexual trauma support organizations, OPT is able to provide the necessary tools, gifts, and services to help women take their next steps towards a life free from abuse. Serving the coastal region of NC and beyond, since 2007. “There is always hope…“

missy@operationprettythings.org | Suite 204

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Peer recovery resources

MISSION: "Peers connecting our community through education, hope, and empowerment."  Peer Recovery Resources (formerly RRCI) provides peer-taught classes in wellness recovery topics and one-on-one peer mentoring to older adults, individuals facing homelessness and/or poverty, veterans, businesses, organizations, and the general public.

910.769.7064 | Suite 223

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Philippians 3 Ministries

Philippians 3 Ministries seeks to be a catalyst for positive change. P3 seeks to support, empower, and provide high quality resources to our community in a safe and secure environment. 

910.617.4595 | Suite 100-A

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Restored Souls foundation

RSF’s mission is to glorify God by providing respite in a family oriented atmosphere. Their non-denominational ministry plans to open a B&B style house that offers families with vulnerable children space to vacation and go on respite for free. They want families to be encouraged and have their hope restored after going through difficult situations because self-care is important. 


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THE salvation army

Mission: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

Suite 300   910.762.2070   Learn More

Soaring as eagles

Soaring As Eagles Outreach Ministry, Inc. is dedicated to empowering the families of Title 1 (low performing) schools through education and resources including parenting and life skills classes. 

910.512.9063 | Suite 450-E

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Young Scientist Academy

YSA brings over 20 years of global experience in scientific research and education. We are very passionate at providing experiences in research and nurturing children’s natural interest in the real world through inquiry-based learning.

910.386.1867 | Suite 420

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Young MOgul Development Group

Young Mogul Development Group's mission is to teach and inspire our students to: 

  • Live everyday knowing they have been chosen for a greater purpose
  • Think critically about decisions
  • Maneuver in professional confidence
  • Dream and pursue innovative solutions
  • Relentlessly pursue personal greatness in mind, body, and spirit

Suite 211

associate partners

The Harrelson Center appreciates the work of our local nonprofit network. We work with nonprofits to meet the pressing issues in our community. Associate Partners are nonprofit partners that do not occupy office space, but are often on campus utilizing our event, training, and meeting spaces; participating in networking and educational opportunities; and collaborating with our Partners.

  • A Safe Place

    MissionA Safe Place provides a safe place for victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. They not only meet the physical needs of survivors, like housing and clothing, but also provide a place where girls and women can get medical counseling, mental health services, occupational training and more.

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  • Anthony's Way - The Road to Kindness

    Anthony's Way – The Road to Kindness Foundation was created in memory of our dear son, Anthony, who passed away shortly after his 18th birthday. He had ADHD and with one impulsive act, we lost him.

    Over the past two years we have worked with leading professionals to design a comprehensive  holistic program and approach with a central mission of empowering and helping Kids with ADHD to thrive. To honor Anthony, we’ve made it our Life’s Mission to help kids with ADHD and their families.

    Anthony’s greatest characteristic was his kindness. His kind and loving way helped so many students, friends and families!  Inspired by Anthony’s Kindness, we want to spread kindness throughout the country (in schools, businesses, communities, and everywhere). Learn more.

  • Cape fear collective

    Mission: To scale big data, fundraising, social innovation, and large-scale initiative management to a six-county region. Founded in 2019, CFC is a collective impact and data science nonprofit backbone organization based in Wilmington. 

    910.607.2417 | Learn More

  • cape fear healthnet

    Mission: Connects residents of the Cape Fear region with low or no income to coordinated, quality and affordable healthcare.

    1601 Doctor's Circle, Wilmington, NC 28401

    910.399.2751    Learn More

  • cape fear habitat for humanity

    Mission: Founded in 1987 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Cape Fear Habitat has served more than 200 hard-working families through the construction and rehabilitation of homes throughout Pender, Duplin, and New Hanover Counties. Each year thousands of community members come together as volunteers, donors, and future homeowners to become part of the solution to this region's affordable housing crisis.

    2020 Partner of the Year

    3310 Fredrickson Road , Wilmington, NC 2840 | 910.762.4744

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  • Caridad

    Mission: To empower women to become self-sufficient and independent. To give them all resources needed (education, money, counseling, spiritual guidance, daycare and more) to be able to reach their goal of surviving alone with her family. 

    301-312-3435 | Learn More

  • Child Development center

    Mission: To build the independence of exceptional children through high quality early education and therapeutic servicesCDC is a developmental day center designed specifically to meet the needs of young children with special needs. They employ a diverse, professional staff which collaborates with educators, physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, counselors, and nutritionists to develop individual education plans and therapeutic programs designed to meet the needs and goals of each child. CDC will provide insight and assistance in early education services for local families through the HC and Partners and collaborate to bring comprehensive services to these families. 

    3802 Princess Place Drive, Wilmington | 910-343-4245

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  • church world service Wilmington

    CWS Wilmington is a local resettlement agency welcoming refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers from around the globe into lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity through direct services, advocacy, leadership development, and relationship-building in our community.

    1403 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910-726-3014

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  • Community care lower cape fear

    Mission: The Community Care Team supports patients and providers using innovative health care solutions to deliver whole health care in the communities they serve.


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  • Communities in schools of cape fear

    At Communities In Schools, we work directly inside public schools, supporting vulnerable students and those with the greatest risk of dropping out. We empower more than 1,000 students to stay in school and on the path to graduation each year. Our trained student support specialists do this by partnering with teachers and administration at each school site, mobilizing the community to offer students extra support, and doing whatever it takes to help them succeed. Our unique model works because it’s based on national research, driven by community relationships and supported by local resources.

    1209 Market Street, Wilmington

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  • Eden Village of Wilmington

    EV of Wilmington plans to build 31-tiny homes in a pedestrian only, gated community offering permanent housing for chronically homeless and disabled individuals. A home is an essential component to long-term health care for these individuals and a proven, permanent solution to chronic homelessness.

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  • Helping hands of the community

    Helping Hands of the Community works to advocate and address healthcare disparities for our homeless, aging, disabled and medically at-risk populations in the Cape Fear Region.


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  • Independent works

    IndependentWorks is a non-profit formed in 2019 by several parents of young adults with autism. There are estimated to be about 6,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, in New Hanover County. Most of these individuals live with their families, although studies have shown that the majority would prefer to live more independently. Their mission is "to create a safe, supportive community that promotes interdependent living for adults with autism and other neurodiversities". 

    PO Box 3533, Wilmington NC 28406 |  910-622-3320

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  • Nami Wilmington

    Mission: NAMI Wilmington provides mental health advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families can build better lives.

  • REscue mission of the cape fear

    Mission: RMCF is a Christian, non-denominational service ministry, meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting people in the Cape Fear area so that they might proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring glory to God. 

    The Rescue Mission Thrift Store provides an affordable alternative or a supplement to regular retail shopping as well as a source of free clothing for families in need. Recycling usable goods and helping preserve our environment are two of the ways the Thrift Store attempts to be a good steward.  

    Tuesday through Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm | 502 Castle St., Wilmington | 910.343.0366

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  • united way of the cape fear area

    Mission: United Way of the Cape Fear Area mobilizes resources to empower local people working toward leading self-sufficient, healthy lives.

    5919 Oleander Dr. Suite 115 , Wilmington | 910.798.3900

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  • Voyage

    Voyage operates under the mission of "connecting youth with pathways to success." Voyages goal is to interrupt the cycle of multi-generational poverty in our community by increasing self-sufficiency, social cohesion, collective efficacy, and economic stability. They strive to meet those goals through youth violence reduction, positive social development, and positive youth development activities.

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    507 McRae Street, Wilmington | 910-341-4633

  • Yoga Village

    Mission: Yoga Village works to increase the resilience, personal strength and wellness of our community by providing evidence based yoga and mindfulness practices to our most vulnerable neighbors. Building community one breath at a time. 

    20 N 4th St, Wilmington | 

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Nonprofit organizations are invited to partner with us! Contact our Executive Director, Meade Van Pelt, if your organization would like to be a part of our collaborative community!


• Reduced downtown office rent

• Paid utilities, parking & security

• Collaboration with other nonprofits

• Networking & educational opportunities

• Marketing & promotion of each organization

• Use of event and meeting space

• Volunteer recruitment services

• Priority referral to the Help Hub, our program that provides     
  assistance to those in need

• And much more

Read more about our levels of partnership here.