We are looking for readers and the public to inform us of help resources for the homeless in Carteret County NC as it relates to families, women and children, and other vulnerable individuals in need. Use the comment form at the end of this article to send us your information on shelters, food banks, opportunities for medical and dental care, job placement assistance, drug and alcohol treatment options, and mental health care for those in the communities of Morehead City, Newport, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Harkers Island (or other communities down east).
Readers are encouraged to share this article on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so that others can learn more about county homeless services in the local area. Additionally, readers are asked to use the comment form at the bottom of this document to have ongoing discussions about community resources to help families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
The 17th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon is set to take place on February 19th, 2020 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City NC. This event will take place from 11 am till 1 pm. This event is both a fundraising effort and an awareness campaign to bring about awareness of problem experienced by many families in the county.
Funds raised this year will help support Hope Mission, Martha’s Cupboard and Backpack Friends. Organizers report that this year’s Empty Bowls Luncheon has over 30 restaurants and 30 potters participating to feed the hungry and to increase awareness.
Carteret County Department Of Social Services – (252) 728-3181
210 Craven St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Resources: Family and child services, child and adult Medicaid, child support, daycare assistance, food assistance, information on local shelters, adult services, economic services, area mental health counseling programs.
1500 Arendell St
Morehead City NC 28557
Resources: Focuses on pregnant women and parents with children.
Martha’s Mission Cupboard
901 Bay St, Morehead City, NC 28557
Resources: Emergency food pantry, solely ran by volunteers, established to provide the needy citizens of Carteret County a temporary supply of nutritious and balanced food at no cost. Volunteers and donations are greatly appreciated.
Discussions and Comments
What area non-profits, businesses, or individuals are specifically helping Carteret County homeless families and individuals with after hours mental health crisis resources, job placement and training, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and help, indigent medical and dental care, emergency sheltering, and others needs such as clothing, bathing, and socialization in Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Harkers Island?
Are there any self help programs such as narcotics anonymous or alcoholics anonymous in the Carteret County community and if so, where are the meetings located?
What specific information does someone need to know when working with the Carteret County Department of Social Services? How do people get assistance after-hours or in emergency situations?
What are available volunteer programs for residents that want to help homeless families and individuals in the county? Where is information located about homelessness awareness?
Are there any therapist, counselors, or medical professionals who see indigent individuals needing medical care or dental care? Any help for medication needs?
What specific programs are available for homeless children, pregnant women, and elderly senior citizens?
What agencies or programs are, or are not, working with homeless individuals who have prior or current legal issues or that have been in the prison or jail setting?