Achievers & Accolades

Harrelson Center Hires Allen As Community Navigator

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 28, 2023
Aimee Allen

The Harrelson Center, Wilmington’s campus of humanitarian nonprofits, has hired Aimee Allen, M.Ed., as a full-time community navigator, according to a news release.

Allen serves as a point of contact for people seeking community resources and referrals to supportive services including nonprofit organizations, government agencies and faith-based institutions, the release stated. In meeting with clients, Allen provides referrals, advice, basic counseling and interventions, if needed, working to establish a 90-day plan to help clients achieve long-term stability.  Allen began her new role March 7.

“We are delighted to have Aimee join our staff and provide a full-time client-facing contact for neighbors who need assistance in finding and accessing supportive services in our community,” said Harrelson Center Executive Director Meade Van Pelt in the release. “With a community navigator onsite, our nonprofit partner organizations now also have a contact to help guide their clients to resources beyond their own capacities.”

By adding a community navigator to its staff, the Harrelson Center has expanded its direct services available to clients, according to the release.

The Harrelson Center’s Help Hub, founded in 2015, provides short-term emergency financial assistance and guidance to help neighbors with rent, utilities and transportation expenses. In 2022, some 1,600 households visited the Help Hub with urgent requests, a significant jump from its typical yearly average of 1,200 households. 

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