a hot meal. a warm bed. a return path to housing.

aka Good Shepherd Center   |   Wilmington, NC   |


The mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing.

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Executive Director

Katrina Knight MSW

Main address

811 Martin St

Wilmington, NC 28401 USA

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NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Soup Kitchen

Good Shepherd Center began as a modest soup Kitchen in 1983, when a local church opened its parish hall to serve the homeless a lunch of soup and a sandwich. From this small beginning, the program has grown to include a weekday breakfast and lunch available to anyone in need of food, as well as a dinner meal 7 nights a week for guests of the Night Shelter.
***Due to Covid-19, our Soup Kitchen is temporarily closed to the public; we continue to serve three meals a day to our shelter guests.***
Lunch is the largest and most substantial meal of the day. Because our low-income and homeless guests typically have compromised health and limited access to healthy foods, we strive to make our offerings as nutritious as possible. Using donated food, our volunteers prepare a meat, starch, cooked vegetable, and fresh salads for each lunchtime meal.

Who has access to the Soup Kitchen? Homeless and low-income individuals, as well as working families who, once they have paid for their rent, utilities, and other expenses, have little or nothing left to put food on the table for their children. A number of mothers come to the Soup Kitchen because they are skipping meals at home to make sure that there is enough for the children—getting a substantial meal here helps them through to the next day.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

This program’s volunteers collect food from area grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries for distribution to the hungry through the Soup Kitchen and more than 20 local feeding programs with which we share these donations. Over the course of one year, over 500 tons of food—that would otherwise be thrown away—is salvaged and directed to those in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Day Shelter is a safe haven for the most fragile and chronically homeless, disproportionately serving those with mental illness and/or physical disabilities. It provides many of the basic life necessities that we take for granted when we have a home of our own: access to bathrooms, showers, toiletries and clean clothing; phone and mail service; assistance obtaining photo identification; case management; on-site medical treatment; connection and transportation to day labor opportunities; and referral to needed community resources such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and transitional or permanent supportive housing.


Because it is a low-demand drop-in center, the Day Shelter succeeds in drawing into services even the most severely mentally ill who are not willing, because of their fragile psychological state, to consider coming into shelter overnight. Building trust with these individuals over time through small but positive interactions results in their eventual willingness to access additional needed services, toward helping them regain stability.

Conveniently attached to the Day Shelter, an on-site Medical Clinic provides guests with access to primary care, wound care, screening for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, and needed prescriptions. In addition to individual counseling, the nursing staff also make regular group presentations in the Day Shelter to increase guests’ understanding of infectious diseases and other prevention issues.  

Using a first-come, first-served walk-in approach, the clinic is successful in serving even the most challenging, mentally ill guests who are unable to access a more structured, appointment-based service delivery system. Its location within the Day Shelter enhances the nursing staff’s ability to follow up with fragile clients who have chronic conditions, improving medication and treatment continuity.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Opened in October 2005, the Night Shelter provides 118 emergency beds for homeless men, women, and families with children every night, year round. While the reasons for their becoming homeless vary, many are working individuals unable to afford housing in this area. Our goal: to provide the intensive support needed to shorten the length of their crisis and expedite their return to housing.

After check-in, overnight guests are provided a dinner meal, on-site educational opportunities, and case management, including setting and working toward a plan for becoming housed again. Volunteers— including families, congregations, and individuals—assist with check-in and shelter monitoring, as well as preparation and service of the dinner meal.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Ashley Center provides 16 units of Bridge Housing to homeless Veterans and 8 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans and chronically homeless men with a disability.

Bridge Housing is a low barrier, short-term solution for homeless Veterans who have been offered and accepted a permanent housing intervention but are still working on access to that housing.

Length of stay is determined individually, based on need, but is generally not expected to exceed 90 days.

To be accepted into either program, prospective residents must complete an application and in-person interview with designated staff. Veterans must submit proof of income and verification of homelessness as part of the eligibility determination process.

While at the Ashley Center, Veterans are provided assistance with food, clothing, toiletries, and laundry supplies.

They also receive transportation services to and from medical appointments, work, etc., case management by trained staff to obtain necessary resources and skills needed for transition to permanent housing, and a large network of community and peer support available to them.

In the Veterans’ spare time, they have access to an on-site gym, computers, a large garden, an outdoor meditation area and multiple television rooms.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys

Lakeside Partners of Wilmington, Inc. is a 501(c)3 subsidiary of Good Shepherd Center, the largest provider of homeless services in the Cape Fear region. SECU Lakeside Reserve is a $5 million affordable housing project conceived more than a decade ago. Situated on 4 acres of land behind Legion Stadium at Greenfield Lake, Lakeside features 40 units of permanent, affordable housing with supportive services to chronically homeless single adults with disabilities (physical, mental health, or a combination) plus communal amenities of a gathering space and large kitchen, TV room, laundry facilities, and a certified butterfly garden and greenspace. No more than 30% of residents’ income is charged for rent, allowing them to afford other necessities such as food, medication, transportation, and insurance. It also allows this fragile population to remain housed with dignity and respect.

This property, formerly the site of the Adrian B. Rhodes Armed Forces Reserve Center, was closed by the federal government in 2006 and mandated to be used for homeless services. In 2008 Lakeside Partners was awarded the project and the property was deeded from the City to Lakeside.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Homeless people

Where we work

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How we listen

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Board of directors
as of 02/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jerry Hargrove

Laurie Whalin

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Jerry Hurwitz


Tyrell Forman

Wells Fargo

Kathy Denlinger

Executive Coach

Niccoya Dobson

Public Defender

Stephanie Holt

Holt C-Stores

Alex Hargrove

Masonboro Advisors

Matt Thompson

Ward & Smith

Nicholas Suggs

Suggs Financial

Tiffany Graham

Brunswick County Schools

Jeff Partl

Retired, BB&T

Sonya Henry

PB&C Design Build

James H. Faison, III

District Court Judge

Cindy Kuhne


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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