It takes a village to open a restaurant, and a whole city to open a nonprofit social enterprise restaurant.

Trust us, we know.

We also know that we want to do one thing really, really well: run that restaurant. Because running the best restaurant we can means giving the women in the Carroll’s Kitchen program the best opportunities we can.

Opportunities to love others - but more importantly, to love themselves.

Opportunities to learn about others - but more importantly, to learn about themselves.

But we don’t want to reinvent the wheel, we don’t want to ignore likeminded work of other organizations, and we don’t want our own ideas to become silos. So from the very beginning we named “community” as one of our core values, and it’s a principle we refer to with every decision we make.

“Who knows more about this idea than we do?” “Whose advice can we seek?” “Who can we ask for help?”

(In fact, you might recall from our last blog post that we’re collaborating with Families Together to provide safe and dignified housing for the women in our program.)

Our ever-growing official partner list includes:

  • Activate Good

  • Interfaith Food Shuttle

  • Raleigh Rescue Mission

  • Step Up Ministry

  • Interact

  • Salvation Army Project FIGHT

  • Dress for Success

  • The Women’s Center of Wake Co

  • Benevolence Farm

  • The YMCA

  • A Place at the Table

  • Mission Increase

  • Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

  • Healing Transitions

  • The Hope Center at Pullen

  • Urban Ministries of Wake County

  • Passage Home

  • Alliance Medical Ministry

  • The Green Chair Project

  • Triangle Family Services

  • Jobs for Life

  • Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation

  • Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness


That’s a lot of awesomeness coming together to support Carroll’s Kitchen. We couldn’t be more honored that so many passionate organizations, some of which have been lending a hand to Raleigh families for generations, believe in Carroll’s Kitchen enough to partner with us - or in other words, to show us the way as we take a leap of faith and open our doors this summer.

We couldn’t do this work without them, just like we can’t do this work without you.

You might say we get by with a little help from our friends.