Shelter for women and children opens in Beaufort County

WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) - A new shelter for women and children is open in the east after three years of planning and fundraising.

The Open Door Community Center is up and running in Washington, thanks to the work of civic groups and church volunteers who saw a need to help women and children with nowhere else to go.

"It is a very hidden need. You can see the men around the Zion shelter but the women go to great length to not be seen as homeless, if they have children there is fear of what might happen if they are seen as homeless," said Executive Director Marcia Norwood.

ODCC opened its doors on January 22, 2019 during a cold snap and had residents within two days.

The facility can house ten people at night, including a night manager who sleeps on a bed in the office.

The non-profit received $100,000 from the North Carolina General Assembly to get started but financial sustainability is a concern and the group will be continually fundraising, accepting donations and applying for grants.

There is also an online meal train sign-up sheet for anyone who would like to support the women and children at the shelter by dropping off dinner.

You can visit https://odccwashington.org/for more information.