"He who does not cultivate his field will die of
The Passage Home, Inc.
Our Mission is to bring area churches together to help
strengthen low wealth families and neighborhoods using a
community economic development strategy that includes
helping families in transition, developing affordable
housing including home ownership opportunities, creating
economic opportunities that build family self-sufficiency
and assets in low wealth neighborhoods and by encouraging
the spiritual well being of the communities we serve.
Adopted April 24, 1997
Transitional housing for homeless families and
those at risk.
Transitional housing for ex-offender mothers and
- CONNECTIONS. Self-help Support group and
Small Business Development.
- Moving Home.
Aftercare for families moving into permanent
housing and referrals for Community Services
- Home Ownership Training.
Counseling that includes credit repair, debt
reduction, savings accumulation, and mortgage
Birch Community Coalition. Residents of the Brown Birch
Apartments and other members of the community
working to improve the quality of life in the
To learn more about these
progams, click on the highlighted word. For Contacts to
Passage Home and to other Social Concerns ministries,
click click here.
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Passage Home Ministry
within the Social Concerns portfolio's discussion.
"When I was hungry, you
gave me to eat, when I was thirsty, you gave me to drink,
and when I was homeless you gave me shelter"
Matthew Chapter 25
Matthew House Remains a
Matthew House is the cornerstone of the Passage Home
continuum of housing and support services. This is
original ministry coming from the support of St. Francis
and Lincoln Park Holiness, when the two faith communities
came to together in 1990 in a shared vision:
To establish a faith based organization that would
meet the needs of very low income or homeless families in
Matthew House continues to strengthen its Outreach &
Prevention program in which families at risk of becoming
homeless enter into prevention planning and budget
counseling in order to establish and work toward
long-term goals of self sufficiency. Each of these
programs builds upon our early successes of helping
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"I had crossed the line
of which I had so long been dreaming.
I was free; but there was no one to welcome me.."
Responding to the Needs of
Women and Families
Raleigh is home to the North Carolina Center for Women
(Women's Prison) and the Raleigh Correctional Center for
Women (RCCW). Together these two facilities house more
than 900 female inmates. In response to the needs of the
women living in these prisons and their children,
Harriet's House was created in 1992 by women in Raleigh's
faith community. Harriet's House became part of Passage
Home in 1993.
Harriet's House provides housing and support services for
women leaving prison who have realistic goals of
regaining and maintaining physical custody of their
children. The overall goals of this endeavor are
self-sufficiency and reduction of recidivism. The
program, includes three phases: a pre-release component,
while women are still in prison; a one year transitional
component during which the women receive housing
subsidized by the program and support services; and an
During the transitional phase some or all of the
participants' children are reunited with them. Support
for the children, before and after they are reunited with
their mothers, is becoming an increasingly important
aspect of the program.
In addition to the Harriet's House staff the program
receives assistance from the Harriet's House Steering
Committee. The committee is made up of prison social
workers, business persons, lawyers, county agencies and
representatives from other nonprofit agencies who serve
Although Harriet's House receives some financial support
from individuals, churches and foundations, its primary
source of funding is the North Carolina General Assembly.
Future plans include the purchase of three duplexes in
order to provide better affordable housing for the
Harriet's House families.
Harriet's House is a unique attempt to meet the
significant needs of women who have been incarcerated and
their children. The staff and Steering Committee members
continue to learn more about what it takes to create
healthy, self-sufficient families from the women,
children as well as each other.
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There is no greater blessing than a friend who's there
when good times aren't
Building a Network of Support
CONNECTIONS is a self-help support network. By assisting
one another, low income families with children assume
more control, responsibility and productivity in their
Through the CONNECTIONS network, Passage Home women
support each other as they seek to achieve higher levels
of economic self-sufficiency and stable permanent
CONNECTIONS helps women provide peer support, learn
leadership skills, and explore business development
opportunities. All these components work together to
encourage full participation in the community.
Business Venture Launched
Passage Home has launched a new catering business
designed to give homeless women an opportunity to learn
the benefits of entrepreneurship. As a means of providing
a vehicle that would allow women of CONNECTIONS to reach
a higher level of self-sufficiency, "Catering with
CONNECTIONS" was initiated.
The women in the program discovered the idea with
assistance of the former Program Manager for Matthew
House. She was homeless when she arrived in Raleigh and
was forced to move in with her mother. With no job
prospects she began exploring entrepreneurial
opportunities and started her own catering and cleaning
The initial planning for the catering business came in
one of the monthly support meetings for women
participating in Passage Home. In the words of the
participants, this opportunity has built
"self-esteem" to the point where they feel they
will never be homeless again.
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Brown Birch is an apartment community in South East
Raleigh. Residents of the neighborhood and other
stake-holders, such as land owners, business owners,
police and Passage Home are forging a coalition to try to
improve the quality of life in the community.
Workdays at Brown Birch Appartment Community
Have a Hand in making a difference
Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
New dates to be announced. Keep watching. Workdays will
include painting, gardening, and general landscaping.
Please call David Baker at 828-1355 if you are interested
in helping out.
These workdays are sponsored by Passage Home.
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The Church Partners that support
Passage Home are:
Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Park Holiness Church
Mark's Episcopal Church
Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Pleasant Holy Church