About Us

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.

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.

It is the community’s moral obligation to take action and make a positive difference in the lives of homeless children, who rely solely on adults in their lives to nurture and guide them into adulthood.


Board of Directors Executive Committee
Judy Klinck, President
Mary Flagg Haugh*, Vice President
Vera Bell, Secretary
Angela Packer, CPA, Treasurer

Board of Directors
Jerome Bell
Patty Collie*
Jennifer Fincher
Ann Highsmith
Lucy Jones*
Ken Lancaster*
Mark Lynch
Dona Marlowe
Leigh Anne McLean 
Sarah Miranda
Terry Plummer
George Quigley**
Vivian Tookes
Marshall Waren*
* Founding Member  ** Board Member Emeritus 

Executive Director
Crystal Bennett, MPA

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 
  • Better Health 
  • Catholic Charities 
  • CEED 
  • City of Fayetteville 
  • Cumberland County DSS 
  • Cumberland County Health Department 
  • Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center 
  • Cumberland County Schools 
  • Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch 
  • Fayetteville Police Department 
  • Fayetteville Urban Ministry 
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College 
  • Partnership for Children of Cumberland County 
  • Salvation Army 
  • Teague Home for Women 
  • The Hope Center 
  • Workforce Development of Cumberland County 
  • College/University Partnerships:
  • 21 University Partners Locally and Nationwide
  • Volunteer Service Partners:
  • Junior League of Fayetteville
  • Women’s Giving Circle
  • Eaton Corporation


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

In Recognition of the Valued Support of Community Grantmakers Who Help Us Deliver Life-Improving Services at Connections’ Day Resource Center  

  • The Women’s Giving Circle
  • Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.
  • United Way of Cumberland County
  • Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Junior League of Fayetteville
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church 
  • David and Elisabeth Nimocks’ Foundation
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Morgan Stanley Foundation
  • Florence Rogers Charitable Trust
  • Youth Growth Stock Trust
  • Cumberland County Medical Alliance Society
  • Saint Patricks Catholic Church
  • The Kyle Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Wells Fargo