04 Aug
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Deborah Williams-Maske | Welcoming the Stranger

The Helen Wright Center for Women (HWCW) is a place that lends for opportunities to welcome the stranger. As an interning chaplain at the Center, I experience amazing opportunities daily to welcome the stranger. I too feel welcomed. Coming into a new and unfamiliar environment we carry subtle anxiety, often fueled by the uncertainty of […]

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28 Jun
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Open Your Heart-Volunteer | Dr. Peter Morris

For a great and growing community Wake County still has its needs. Invisible needs or at least needs hard to see. We’re blessed though to be a generous community. Urban Ministries is asking for more. Oh sure, you say, another plea for donations. Well, that’s only partly true. We won’t turn down a donation, of […]

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04 May
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A Place That Would Forever Change Me |
Kaylin Prestage

My whole life I have wanted to become a physician. In college, I took all of the classes and the MCAT exam, hoops one must jump through before the application process for medical school. I did research and shadowed physicians; however, I wanted more hands-on clinical experience. It wasn’t until I went off to graduate […]

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13 Apr
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Making the Needs of my Neighbor a Priority |
Scott Shackleton

It seems that we live in a culture that is deeply divided. Our politics reflect that, and many of our conversations. It’s easy to divide people into “us” and “them”. We can feel relaxed and comfortable around “us”, and only keep our guard up around “them”. It’s an easy trap to fall into. But there […]

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03 Apr
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Feeding our Souls through Service to Others |
Nancy Hutchinson

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has been providing meals at the Helen Wright Center for many years. I became involved with the Helen Wright Center about three years ago when I agreed to coordinate the meals for the Woman’s Club. My first visit along with 2 other volunteers to serve a meal made me realize […]

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14 Mar
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A welcome as important as the prescription |
Patricia Portmann

I spent my eight week Summer Service Learning Project in Raleigh, North Carolina, where 3 major hospitals have award-winning staff and research, where there is a higher density of doctors and dentists living here than anywhere else in the United States— Yet, where 14% of Wake County residents have no health insurance. The need for […]

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02 Mar
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Not Allowing Our Economic Circumstances
to Define Us | Laura Cox

Serving the Helen Wright Center for the past two years has truly been a transformative experience for my family. I co-lead a multi-generational Missional Community group at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. A core focus of ours is to create an avenue for people to grow in discipleship together and to become a family on […]

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20 Feb
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Empathy and Respect for Others | M’Liss Koopman

The first thing you need to know is I’ve spent a great deal of my life learning about animals. Which is why I was so surprised, as a Tour D’Coop Host, when the 2nd and 5th and 21st person to visit my coop asked me the exact same thing—“How do you get eggs without a […]

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30 Jan
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From Volunteer to Family | Mandy Horner

Have you ever just tried to Google “volunteer opportunities” for nurses? It’s amazing how few you can find that aren’t advertisements to go abroad or a plea for monetary donations. I searched for what seemed like months. I asked other nurses. I looked through web site after web site. I can’t even tell you how […]

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24 Jan
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I’ve Learned | Betsy Massey

My involvement with Urban Ministries came unintentionally. After years of working in a major corporation in the administrative field I felt I deserved to take it easy. I wasn’t looking to spend my time “giving back”. But then, our church had a guest speaker, Peter Morris from Urban Ministries of Wake County. As I listened […]

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