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Local Missions

Supporting the following local ministries that reach out to those in need:

Bethesda Center for the Homeless

The 100-bed emergency night shelter serves a cross-section of homeless men and women who have short-term emergencies and need a bed for just a few nights. The Bethesda Center’s case management team provides opportunities for mental and physical health care, job training, education and permanent housing. The Bethesda Center also maintains the area’s only day shelter. 
River Oaks conducts devotionals in the evenings at the center. We offer coffee, desert, prayer and a short message.

930 N. Patterson Ave.
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 722-9951

Crisis Control Ministry

Crisis Control assists residents of Forsyth and Stokes Counties in North Carolina who are in crisis to meet essential life needs and to become self-sufficient. Crisis Control offers help with utility and housing payments, and food from our client choice food pantries to clients who qualify for their services. Clients who consistently find themselves in crisis may enroll in their Breaking the Cycle Program. They will work one-on-one with a case manager to uncover and address the reasons for their repeatedly falling into crisis. Individuals who cannot afford their prescription medications may be able to receive them from their licensed free pharmacy.
River Oaks members regularly donate to this ministry.

Addresses 2 Locations:
200 East Tenth Street
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27101
Administration – 336.724.7875
Client Services – 336.724.745

431 West Bodenhamer Street
Kernersville North Carolina 27284
Administration – 336.996.2636
Client Services – 336.996.5401

Hawley House

Hawley House provides services to women seeking a positive lifestyle change. They teach women to better manage their lives. They also provide life and social skills training leading to employment, increased literacy, economic enhancement and long-term self-sufficiency. 
River Oaks assists in the Weekly Family Fun Nite activities allow women and their families to dine together, share special accomplishments and enjoy fun activities. River Oaks also leads regular Bible Study sessions that provide opportunities for spiritual development and sharing.

Hawley House
1201 Glade Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Project New Start

Project New Start reaches out to women at critical moments in their lives and provides a holistic approach to self support. They conduct Bible studies in the Winston Salem Correctional Facility.

YWCA of Winston-Salem
1201 Glade St.
Email: ywcaws@ywcaws.org

The Potter’s House Community Outreach Ministries, Inc.

The Potter’s House partners with local shelters and other community agencies to provide support and training to their residents. They also provide services to individuals and families in the community that are seeking to better their life situations. The Potter’s House provides an Opening Doors Literacy and Education Program, STEPS to Success Job Skills Training Program, Retreat & Conference Ministry, Parents as Teachers and Family Leaders Program, and a Family Support Programs. 
River Oaks members have opportunities to share their faith and volunteer in each of these programs and ministries. There is a current need for mentors, tutors, job readiness teachers and program coordinators.

1812 Ramhurst Drive, A-1
Clemmons, NC 27012
Hopeline: 336.727.HOPE (4673)

Prodigals Community

The Prodigals Community is a twelve to fifteen month, residential recovery program for addicts and alcoholics who have histories of chronic relapse. The intensive program is based on the therapeutic community model, the 12-step model, and many key principles of Christianity such as: faithfulness, respect, love, honesty, responsibility.

1024 Waughtown St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
PO Box 12451
Winston-Salem, NC 27117
Phone: 336.785.0770
Fax: 336.785.4647
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM -12:00 PM, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Salem Pregnancy Care Center

Salem Pregnancy Care Center serves the community by offering practical support and godly counsel in the areas of crisis pregnancy, parenting, and sexual purity, according to the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus Christ.

Salem Pregnancy Care Center Women’s Resource Center
1342 Westgate Center Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Office Hours: 
Monday-Friday 9-5
Evening appointments available on Thursday. 
Our services are free and strictly confidential.

The Samaritan Ministries Samaritan Inn

The Samaritan Ministries Samaritan Inn provides a 69 bed, male homeless shelter where men can stay in a safe shelter for a maximum of 90 days. Guests receive shelter, dinner and breakfast. Samaritan counselors provide case management services.
The third Thursday of the month River Oaks serves dinner and members sit and talk with the guests. We listen to prayer concerns and share our faith.

Samaritan Ministries
1243 Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336.748.1962
Fax: 336.748.8207

Solus Christus

Solus Christus provides services to improve the lives of women suffering from alcoholism and/or drug addiction by: introducing the Gospel, providing a safe house, assisting in Christian rehab placement, building faith in Christ and glorifying God in all things.

Home – East Bend, NC
Solus Christus 
P.O. Box 416
East Bend, NC 27018
Downtown Thrift Store:
214 N. Broad St.
Winston Salem, NC
Furniture Plus:
6208 Yadkinville Rd.
Pfafftown, NC 27040

Medical and Chronic Care Clinics

Davie Co. Only: 336.753.8080
Dental and Eye Clinics (Davie Co. Only): (336) 753-8081

Medication Assistance Program
(MAP) Phone: 336.753.8080
Medical Fax Number: 336.751.2958
MAP E-mail: storehouse@yadtel.net

Facebook: A Storehouse For Jesus Mocksville, NC


The Gideon’s provide free Bibles and New Testaments are personally distributed by members of The Gideon’s International to these groups: Students in the 5th grade and above Prisoners and police, fire, medical and military personnel. Gideon’s witness to individuals, God’s Word is placed in key locations including: Hotels and motels, hospitals, convalescent homes, medical offices and domestic violence shelters, Prisons and jails.

The Gideon’s International
P.O. Box 140800
Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800

The Potter’s House

The mission of The Potter’s House is to build a strong community by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families through our personal involvement in their lives by investing in their education, welfare, and improvement of living conditions. Their goals are to support the creation and maintenance of a viable neighborhood, to develop neighborhood leadership, to work with public and private resources to build a community that is free of poverty, prejudices and tension, to rescue the inner-city youth from the corruption of their environment, to provide educational opportunities for adults and youth, to provide short term assistance with food, clothing and shelter.

P.O. Box 4221
Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Winston-Salem Street School

The Winston-Salem Street School is a private alternative high school based on Christian principles and dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to complete their high school education. At-risk youth are provided an opportunity to learn and grow in a small environment which reflects and demonstrates the love of Christ. The Winston-Salem Street School faculty and staff are dedicated to the mission of surrounding students with caring, committed adults who will help students achieve their highest academic level, find and use information, get along with others, know themselves and their God, learn independently, solve problems, think independently, and work hard.

Winston-Salem Street School
415 West Clemmonsville Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Phone: (336) 788-3376
E-Mail: wsalemstreet@bellsouth.net


The Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries

The Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries is an interdenominational Christian ministry that serves over 15,000 incarcerated men, women and youth each year. Volunteers, chaplains, and staff seek to guide inmates and their families to reconciliation with each other, the community and God.The core mission of this ministry is to serve the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and youth in Forsyth County as a Christian Ministry. The cornerstone of this Ministry is the counseling and pastoral relationships our chaplains maintain with our inmates. Worship services and Bible studies are a part of this relationship. Chaplains are also called to comfort inmates 24 hours a day during times of despair, isolation and hopelessness.The Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries is a community funded ministry which provides Christian Ministry, counseling, and re-entry guidance to the incarcerated in our area. Programs include preparing for release, substance abuse, Yokefellows, Disciple Program, Adult Basic Education, community service programs, Prison Gospel Choir, in addition to worship and Bible Study opportunities.

Individuals served are in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center, the Forsyth Correctional Center, and the Youth Detention Center, all located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Tel.: 336.759.0063
Fax: 336.759.0554
P.O. Box 11802
Winston-Salem, NC 27116

The Clemmons Food Pantry

The Clemmons Food Pantry provides supplemental groceries to residents of Forsyth County in financial need. The Pantry serves an average of over 600 families and 1800 individuals each month. 
River Oaks collects food for the ministry and many members volunteer at the pantry.
Store Address: (K-mart Shopping Center)
6000 Meadowbrook Mall, Ste. 14
Clemmons, NC 27012
Store Hours:
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm
Thursdays 4:00-7:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00-11:00 am

Mailing Address:
Clemmons Food Pantry
P.O. Box 871
Clemmons, NC 27012
Store Hours: Tuesday 4-6 pm Thursday 4-7 pm Saturday 9-11 am

The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission

The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission is a non-denominational, Christ-centered ministry to homeless men in Winston-Salem. The program seeks to meet the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs for over 100 men each day providing clients with shelter, food, clothing, and personal-care items, along with job training, Christian counseling, work therapy, and life-skills and financial management classes. River Oaks is conducting Friday evening devotions and helping with the medical clinic.
715 Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is rooted in Christian principles and seeks to bring together community partners and volunteers from all faiths to help qualified Partner Families construct and purchase well-built, affordable homes and become successful homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
339 Witt Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Office: 336.765.8854
Fax: 336.765.2398

Habitat ReStore
341 Witt Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 336.765.2951


Homeless Count and Outreach

As is part of the ten year plan to end chronic homelessness volunteers search throughout our community for those who do not have a roof. They count them and provide a care package including a Bible, socks, t-shirts, food, water and a list of resource contacts. The count helps Forsyth County receive a little more money from Federal and State government sources.
Twice a year River Oaks joins with others who reach out to our homeless community in the nationwide homeless count.

In December River Oaks collects Christmas presents for needy children, many children who would not get much of a present without our efforts. We have provided presents for children of inmates in our counties correctional facilities and other children living in desperate situations.

We have a group of members who take a sign out to our public parks and other outreach opportunities. The sign says “Prayer Station, Do you need prayer?” We have seen many people take advantage of this opportunity. Often an opportunity to share our faith arises and we have seen the Holy Spirit draw many into the faith.

DHHS switchboard: 

DHHS Mailing Address:
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2001

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