More than just a meal...

 

We have big dreams for Raleigh—dreams to end homelessness and dreams to inspire our city. And like most dreams, they start to become reality through small decisions.

The decision to care. The decision to learn. The decision to bring people together. The decision to create opportunities.

We’re inviting you to be part of creating opportunities as well. When you enjoy a meal at Carroll’s Kitchen, you create an opportunity for us to provide job training for women transitioning from homelessness.

Because we’re more than just a meal. You’re creating opportunity for us, we’re creating opportunity for the women in our job-training program, and they’re creating opportunity for all of us to be inspired to create opportunities for others.

Just like Carroll’s Kitchen is the result of many small decisions that have amounted to something bigger than ourselves, as a person with purpose and inherent worth, your decisions matter, too.

What decisions can you make this week to do good in the community?

Donate to a cause, share a meal with your neighbor, mentor a child, thank a nurse. Need ideas? Sign up with Activate Good or check out our Partners page.

Carroll’s Kitchen is more than just a meal, and we hope you’ll be inspired to join us in doing something #good4raleigh.

 

We get by with a little help from our friends

 

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.

 

 

 

 

A Restaurant with a Social Mission

 

Check out this article written by Raleigh Magazine: 

“When my church put out a challenge to pitch ways to love Raleigh, I pitched my idea to run a non-profit restaurant with living quarters close by for homeless folks. The business part would eventually generate dollars to sustain itself,” she says. “They loved the idea, and Jim asked if I knew about a location next door that could work. He walked me through the space that day, and the dream began to take shape.”

Click here to keep reading!

 

The solution to homelessness is…

 

You guessed it: housing.

Sort of. 

The latest Point In Time count totaled 818 people experiencing homelessness in Raleigh, but that was just the number of people the survey takers could find on that one very cold day in January. 

Nearly 300 of those people, some sheltered and some not - because you can be homeless and have shelter - are women. They are someone’s mother. Someone’s sister. Someone’s aunt. Someone’s wife. They are someone.

Each woman’s story is unique but every single one is heartbreaking because they all center around loss, and not just loss of four walls and a roof.

Loss of dignity, loss of self, loss of purpose. 

So what are we going to do about that? 

We’re partnering with local housing support organization Families Together to arrange safe and dignified housing for the women working in our restaurant.  

Together we’ll help a woman leaving homelessness put herself back together so she can put her life back together. We want her to do it for herself, but never by herself.

Housing - home - means the Carroll’s Kitchen women can return to the same, safe place each night to sleep in their own bed, use their own bathroom, put away their clean clothes, and …. well, think of the thousand small things you to do take care of yourself every day. Women experiencing homelessness can do nearly none (if any) of those things, but something as simple as stable housing can begin to change all that.

Safe and dignified housing will immediately change a crucial suffix - a woman who was homeless will become homeful. And those words are not ironically similar to hopeless and hopeful. But we know it’s much more than just grammar and spelling, and we’re ready.

Will you join us?