Leadership

We are excited to continue to grow our list of staff, board members, and provider agencies in the coming months as we work collaboratively to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Wake County.

 

Board of Directors

Lisa Perkins

Board President

Lisa Perkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh for 11 years in the following roles: as the Regional Director for Fayetteville and Durham, as Assistant Director, and now has been serving as Executive Director since October 2017.

Charles Meeker

Chair

Brian Klausner

Vice-Chair

Michael D’Ercole

Treasurer

Rick Miller-Haraway

Secretary

Meet Our Team

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Executive Director

For over 25 years, Kathy Johnson has worked to advocate on behalf of people who are marginalized and often misunderstood. She had a 20-year distinguished career at InterAct in Raleigh, where she served in multiple roles, including two stints as Interim Executive Director. Prior to joining Oak City Cares, she served as Executive Director for Pendleton Place, a foster care agency in Greenville, SC. In her experience at both InterAct and Pendleton Place, Kathy was involved with building and maintaining multi-service, multi-agency collaborative partnerships which is critical to the success of Oak City Cares.
Tosheria Brown

Tosheria Brown

Director of Programs and Services

Tosheria Brown has been the Program Coordinator at the Oak City Outreach Center since its opening in 2014. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work. In her time with the Oak City Outreach Center, Tosheria’s compassionate and loving spirit, coupled with her dedication to working directly with our friends experiencing homelessness has positively impacted the development of services.

Laura Martin

Laura Martin

Volunteer Coordinator

Laura Martin has spent the last decade learning and leading in the Triangle area non-profit sector. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Dress for Success Triangle, seeking to broaden the economic opportunities available to women seeking careers. Prior to joining DFST (Dress for Success Triangle), Laura spent eight years at Raleigh-based, StepUp Ministry. Laura has a strong commitment to local workforce development efforts and specifically to better economic access and opportunity for all.

Shawn Walker

Shawn Walker

Coordinated Care Specialist

Shawn Walker’s lifelong commitment is to serve, support, and provide solutions for everyone in need. With a BA in Social Work and over ten years in mental health and human services, Shawn has the experience, skills, and knowledge to assist the guests at Oak City Cares with housing resources and the Coordinated Entry process. Shawn is a true advocate for social justice, which is evident in her compassion and dedication to fight for her clients as a Care Coordinator at Oak City Cares.

Darrell Cox

Darrell Cox

Office Manager & Grant Writer

Darrell Cox joins the Oak City Cares team after serving as the Grant Writer Associate at Catholic Charities for two and a half years. Darrell is no stranger to the nonprofit world. He has worked for several organizations as the Executive Director or Program Director, including the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, a multi-service facility for homeless individuals and families in poverty. He supports Oak City Cares in project management tasks and grant writing as the Office Manager & Grant Writer.

Kitty Banks

Kitty Banks

Weekend Meals Coordinator

Kitty Banks has always seen food as a way to bring people together, or in her words, minister to people’s souls. Prior to joining the Oak City Cares team, Kitty worked at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for over 17 years where she held several roles, including Catering Kitchen Manager. With over 19 years of nonprofit experience in the Triangle area and over 30 years of experience in the food industry, Kitty brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Oak City Cares as the Weekend Meals Coordinator.

Betsy Baker

Betsy Baker

Assistant Weekend Meals Coordinator

Betsy Baker’s passion is connecting and creating positive relationships with the guests and volunteers of Oak City Cares. After graduating with a BA in Social Work and working in South Carolina for 15 years, Betsy is delighted to bring her compassion and talent back to the Triangle area.

Our Partners

Our Provider Partners

These organizations are part of the ever-growing list of those collaborating to provide medical assistance, behavioral health care, veterans’ services, outreach, employment services, coordination of care and support to Oak City Cares guests.

Advance Community Health - Primary Healthcare/Integrated Behavioral Health
Haven House Services - Homeless Youth Services, Street Outreach and Coordinated Entry Support
Interact - Domestic Violence Services and Coordinated Entry Support
Monarch Health - Behavioral Health
Passage Home - Coordinated Entry, Prevention and REACH Program Support for Children
StepUp Ministry - Employment Training Program
The Durham Veterans Administration - Veteran's Services
The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness
Triangle Family Services - Street outreach for unsheltered individuals
Wake County Human Services - Public Health - Immunizations and Health Testing
Wake Network of Care - Resource Support
WakeMed PATH Team - Street outreach for unsheltered individuals with serious mental illness
NC FIT - Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

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HOURS:

9am-5pm Monday-Friday
9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday for weekend meals (enter at the side entrance)

1430 South Wilmington Street,  Raleigh, NC 27603

We are accessible via the #21 bus from downtown Raleigh.

Oak City Cares

1430 S. Wilmington St.,
Raleigh, NC 27603

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