The second step, the development of a multi-services hub for people experiencing homelessness, was fulfilled with the opening of Oak City Cares on April 10, 2019. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh/Oak City Cares was again chosen to be the operator of the new Multi-Service Center. Wake County and the City of Raleigh provided funding for the purchase and renovation of a facility to house the multi-services center hub located at 1430 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. The Oak City Outreach Center weekend meals program was incorporated into Oak City Cares when it opened in April 2019.
Oak City Cares was initially created by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh as a separate 501c3 nonprofit organization on June 8, 2018. An initial campaign to raise $2.5 million in operating and startup costs was launched at that time and then concluded successfully on October 8, 2019. All employees of Oak City Cares were initially leased from Catholic Charities. However, due to the success of the organization in establishing its foundation, independently raising sufficient funds to operate, and as a result of the overwhelming support from the community, the two organizations agreed to become fully independent from each other on January 1, 2021, and all employees then became employees of the nonprofit organization, Oak City Cares, Inc.
Oak City Cares is the operator and coordinator of the Oak City Cares multi-services hub that brings together an array of Wake County nonprofits ensuring that people experiencing homelessness get onsite help and serving as a bridge to the ongoing resources they need. Oak City Cares does this by connecting those at risk to coordinated services that create a path to stable housing and renewed hope. The primary and overarching goal of Oak City Cares is to make homelessness in our community rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Since opening in April of 2019 as of June 30, 2023, Oak City Cares has:
-Provided 207,391 meals on weekends and holiday through its Weekend Meals Program
-Provided 32,745 showers for guests through our Basic Needs program
-Provided 18,572 laundry services for guests through our Basic Needs Program
-Provided care coordination services and connections to services and support to a total of 4, 570 unique individuals and households, and
In the past year and a half, Oak City Cares stabilized more than 79 households in housing by keeping them in their homes and avoiding homelessness altogether, or by helping them rapidly exit out of homelessness into a home.