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O Holy Night - Hymn # 121 AMEC Hymnal

Meeting Needs of the Homeless

The A.M.E. Church Empowerment Center, Raleigh, NC 

412 Capitol Boulevard - Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 • 919.834.3734

Due to the tireless efforts in maintaining the A.M.E. Men's Shelter in Raleigh, N.C., and the renovations recently completed including new tile flooring, new kitchen, modernized marble shower stalls and a new freezer, it was officially renamed and dedicated as the A.M.E. Empowerment Center on Saturday, September 19, 2015.


The dedication was preceded by a worship service hosted by St. Paul A.M.E. - Raleigh where Sister Shirley Sheares, Empowerment Center Director, served as the evening's worship leader. We were favored by music provided by the St. Paul A.M.E. Church Choir and a powerful proclaimed word by guest preacher, Reverend Dr. Staccato Powell, Pastor of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church - Raleigh, N.C. Who spoke from Matthew 25 reminding us to know God for yourself and let your works speak for you - that's the bottom line !


Most notably were the tearful and emotional words of celebration given by the Empowerment Center residents. We can all learn a lesson from them that - your condition is not your conclusion !


We encourage everyone to visit the Empowerment Center and solicit your financial support for the Center's ongoing efforts. All donations can be made to the Washington Conference placing The Empowerment Center in the memo section of your checks. The Empowerment Center is the only one open 24-hr / 7 day per week. Your donations are tax deductible. The Center residents thank you in advance for your generosity.

 Contact the Empowerment Center: (919) 834-3734

The AME Empowerment Center in Raleigh NC needs the continued support of all who care about the homeless and who want to help bring relief to their plight.   With You, We Can Make A Difference! Call to learn more about this important renovation project.


The Problem:  Homelessness is a problem that is occurring with increased frequency in the cities and towns of North Carolina.  The N.C. Department of Human Resources reports a 50% increase in the number of persons  seeking shelter in Raleigh, the state capitol.


Our Challenge:  Recognizing the growing numbers of homeless persons in the City of Raleigh, N.C., the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the Western North Carolina (WNC) Annual Conference, in 1987, pledged to carry out the goal of the Connectional WMS to help the plight of the homeless.


Our Response:  The WNC Conference Branch WMS opened the AME Church Empowerment Center in Raleigh in April, 1988, with the assistance of Mrs. Shirley J. Sheares, Founder, and others. Seeking to provide more than just shelter, the AME Church Empowerment Center attempts to make constructive use of the daylight hours to coordinate vital city services  (i.e. social, medical, employment) in ways that help homeless persons solve the problems that create and sustain their homeless condition  Need More information?  Contact the Empowerment Center. (919) 834-3734.



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