About Us

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Our History

Connections of Cumberland County developed as a result of research conducted by the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County on the basic needs of local women and children. This research revealed an alarming number of homeless women and children in our county. After discovering this need, a group of concerned citizens could NOT turn their backs on this problem.

Our founders made a commitment to implement a day resource center with case management, skills development and collaborative community resources. This model prevents the unnecessary duplication of services and provides a “one-stop shop” approach for women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In July of 2014, we opened our doors to women and children and began improving lives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles

Mission: To collaborate with all community resources to empower women and children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to become self-reliant.

Vision: A community that collaborates to implement sustainable programs that provide homeless women and children with the opportunity to develop independence and self-reliance.

Our Guiding Principles: Every child needs a safe and nurturing environment to grow to be a responsible, self-reliant adult. Every homeless mother needs shelter to improve her life and the lives of her children.

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Board of Directors Executive Committee
Patty Collie, President*
Lucy Jones, Vice President*
Mary Flagg Haugh, Secretary*
Angela Packer, CPA, Treasurer

Board of Directors
Jerome Bell
Richard Everett
Jennifer Fincher
Judy Klinck
Ken Lancaster*
Mark Lynch
Leigh Anne McLean
George Quigley*
Kelsy Timas
Vivian Tookes
Marshall Waren*
* Founding Member

Executive Director
Crystal Bennett, MPA

C2R Advisory Committee
Judge A. Elizabeth Keever, Co-Chair
Rosemary Zimmerman, Co-Chair
Patty Collie
Jennifer Fincher
Tracey Frink
Lucy Jones
Angela Packer
Jerry Powell
Pamela Story
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Community Partners:

Connections is pleased to have a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) or Partnerships with the following local organizations for collaboration of services to assist homeless women and children:

  • Community Partnerships:
  • Action Pathways (MOU)
  • Better Health (MOU)
  • Catholic Charities (MOU)
  • CEED (MOU)
  • City of Fayetteville (MOU)
  • Cumberland County DSS (MOU)
  • Cumberland County Health Department (MOU)
  • Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center (MOU)
  • Cumberland County Schools (MOU)
  • Designing Station
  • Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch (MOU)
  • Fayetteville Police Department (MOU)
  • Fayetteville Urban Ministry (MOU)
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College (MOU)
  • Partnership for Children of Cumberland County (MOU)
  • Salvation Army (MOU)
  • Teague Home for Women (MOU)
  • Workforce Development of Cumberland County (MOU)
  • College/University Partnerships:
  • Boston University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Fayetteville State University (MOU)
  • Methodist University (MOU)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas
  • UNC Pembroke (MOU)
  • Volunteer Service Partners:
  • Junior League of Fayetteville
  • Women’s Giving Circle
  • Eaton Corporation

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 Connections is a 501 c 3 nonprofit. View the 990.



  • The Women’s Giving Circle
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Junior League of Fayetteville
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church – Elliott Fund
  • David and Elisabeth Nimocks’ Foundation
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Morgan Stanley Foundation
  • Florence Rogers Charitable Trust
  • Youth Growth Stock Trust
  • Cumberland County Medical Alliance Society
  • St. Patricks Catholic Church
  • The Kyle Foundation

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