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Kids are homeless in Wake County
Kids are homeless in Wake Count
Kids are homeless in Wake Count

Motels are the modern face of homelessness

Motel rooms do not have a full working kitchen but instead a hot plate or a crock pot. Many of these families are living in a single motel room with only two beds. If a family is large, that means children are sleeping on floor palettes and supplies are at a minimum.

Families we serve

Our volunteers bring healthy, fresh food to families in motels or recently transitioning into an apartment or house.

Motel Connect, is a volunteer-based program of REACH that addresses food insecurities for this targeted population, living in motels and hotels in the Raleigh-Wake County area. Weekly, this program provides much needed nutrition and subsidizes grocery budgets for these families.


Each week a group of dedicated volunteers pick up boxes from the Food Bank of NC. They are full of perishable and non-perishable foods to deliver to every family that has made a request or was referred by a Case Manager. Our main goal is to alleviate food insecurities, enhance nutrition and promote resilience.

By providing food subsidies families are able to save more for apartment deposits, fees or other emergencies.

Partner with us!

You can make a difference in the lives of those living in transitional housing and struggling with access to healthy and affordable food.

Organizations, churches, or individuals who want to partner with us can organize their own drives and fundraisers to help local families during this transitional period of homelessness. Motel Connect will gladly pick up your group donations.

We never know how many food insecure families that we will have on our schedule each week, but we are dedicated to serving them all. You can make a difference in the lives of those living in transitional housing, especially the children, by partnering with Motel Connect.

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  • Packing hygiene and laundry care kits including deodorants, feminine products, bar soaps, laundry soap* stain removers. When a group collaborates to pack care kits, this alleviates financial stress for our families. More importantly it enables adults and children to wear clean clothes and feel and look their best, boosting confidence for the whole family. During Covid-19, hand sanitizer and masks are also needed. *Laundry soap sheets such as Green Earth brand, are now a better alternative to large plastic bottles.
  • Donate an electric skillet or crockpot: Help reduce dependency on fast food and encourage healthier choices. These appliances allow adults a way to cook more nutritious meals and provide for their loved ones.
  • Grocery store gift cards give Motel Connect families the freedom to grocery shop and supplement our food boxes. $50-$100 will provide nutritious food and urgent supplies to a small family living in transitional housing for one week.
  • Recently one group filled tote bags with art supplies for each child in the Motel Connect Program. This encouraged creativity and expression for the children, plus it put big smiles on their faces. Additionally, it aided students with supplies for at home learning during the pandemic. Art supplies and crafts were also provided for the parents, which allowed valuable hands on interaction with their children.