Helen Wright Center for Women History and Goals

Helen Wright Center for Women History and GoalsHistory

In 1984, The Ark Shelter opened to provide housing for homeless men, and two years later expanded to serve women. In 2000 the shelter was converted to serve women only. In 2002 the shelter was renamed the Helen Wright Center for Women in honor of Sister Helen Wright, the first Director of Urban Ministries of Wake County.


The Helen Wright Center for Women (HWCW) works to reduce homelessness by providing temporary housing and support services to promote independence. This includes:

  • transitional shelter for about 300 homeless women annually
  • offering basic needs and case management to help homeless women move toward independence and permanent housing
  • special programs such as yoga, women’s support group, game nights and workshops for life skills, job readiness, home ownership, self-esteem and health-related issues
  • providing a safe and supportive environment for women in crisis

How You Can Help

  • Your generous cash donations are used to help provide special programs to promote independence, perform ongoing maintenance and repair of the Helen Wright Center for Women, and to purchase basic supplies for the residents.
  • In-kind donations are always greatly appreciated, please view the Wish List
  • Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve shelter meals and assisting clients, please visit our volunteer opportunities


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