Food for those who are hungry…
HOPE STATION operates a Food Pantry that is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 9:00 – 11:30 am. During that time individuals and families who qualify select a three-day supply of food. Nearly 2,000 families (4,000 individuals) are served annually through the HOPE STATION Food Pantry. Clients may receive food once every 30 days, and are eligible if the head of household can provide a food stamp card and a government-issued photo ID, or if they can document that their family income falls below 200% of the federal poverty level. Government-issued IDs also are required for all family members.
In addition, the project to delivery groceries to pantry clients with low-incomes, and are elderly or disabled, has been launched. Persons who are interested in this service are invited to call Hope Station to talk with the Pantry Manager.
Shelter for families and single men who are homeless…
HOPE STATION operates a 20-bed emergency night shelter for single men and a 10-bed shelter for families. In 2020, the two shelters provided over 4,000 nights of shelter.
For eligibility for either shelter, applicants must:
- Be a single man at least 18 years of age for the Men’s Shelter; or be a head of household at least 18 years of age for the Family Shelter.
- Be residents of Wilson County, NC, or were residents of Wilson County at the time of hospitalization or incarceration.
- Have credible 3rd party written documentation that they will literally have no place to stay meant for human habitation.
- Have no financial resources to obtain housing the day of admission to the shelter.
- Apply for admission to the shelter between 8am and 12:00 noon Monday-Friday.
During COVID-19, shelter applicants will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantined in a local hotel until the test results are received. Persons who test negative will be approved for one of the shelters; persons who test positive will receive housing directions from the Wilson County Health Department.
During the pandemic, all shelter occupants will be expected to observe the NC Governor’s stay-at-home recommendation, and will leave the shelter only for work, medical and mental health assistance, substance abuse services, vocational training/re-training, and other activities approved in advance by Hope Station staff.
Emergency Financial assistance…
HOPE STATION provides financial assistance persons experiencing an emergency which makes it difficult to pay for rent, utilities, medications, transportation, securing IDs, temporary housing, and other miscellaneous needs. The intent of the assistance is to help persons get through unexpected circumstances, rather than to provide support for those who need similar assistance month after month.