Down East Women's Shelter Opens

This summer an Ezra Non-Profit Ministry opened a home on Harkers Island Road with the purpose "to empower women to overcome their obstacles, heal their hurts, and become healthy, active, self-supporting individuals."   The ministry will focus on providing shelter, transportation, food and clothing, as well as, emotional, educational and spiritual help for women in need.  Their emphasis is directed toward women living in the Down East area.

The ministry includes the Center for Women's Ministries that is located on the same property at 606 Harkers Island Road.  This is a non-denominational volunteer program that will provide Christ-centered counseling, Bible study, and support groups. 

Women with ongoing addiction or abuse issues are referred to county programs and ministries with expertise in these areas.  While the Down East Community Thrift Store is the primary financial supporter, they are in continual need for assistance with their monthly expenses.  They have also reached out to the Down East churches for help. 

There are several areas where you can volunteer and get involved with this ministry.  For more information, you can stop by the Down East Community Thrift Store or contact the Down East Center for Women's Ministries at 252-619-4636.  You may also email them at