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Lena Pope Home

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Established by Mrs. Lena Pope in 1930, Lena Pope Home was a refuge for children and families during the depression and post-war years. Since its inception, Lena Pope has identified the needs of local children and designed programs to fill the gap. Early on, residential homes were the necessary solution. But as the community and social norms for addressing childhood needs changed, Lena Pope evolved to keep pace. Its programs have shifted from building homes for needy children, to building families in their homes.


Today, the agency focuses on four programs to meet the community’s needs for counseling and education services:

  • The Lena Pope Early Learning Center provides high-quality early learning to children six weeks to five years old at a price that low income families can afford.

  • Chapel Hill Academy, a public-enrollment charter school, provides education that focuses on each Pre-K to 5th grade student’s needs.

  • Lena Pope Counseling provides mental health therapy to individuals and families who cannot typically afford it, so that they can grow stronger.

  • School and Community Based Services gives at-risk youth the social, behavioral, and academic tools they need to stay crime-free.


Through all the changes, our mission has remained essentially the same:

To help create hope, happiness and success for children and families.

List of items for the “Project Care” closet:


Toiletries/Cleaning Items:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner

  • Comb/Brush

  • Soap/Body Wash/Lotion

  • Deodorant

  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

  • Socks/Slippers

  • Winter Gloves/Hats/Scarves/Coats

  • Cleaning products (409/Pine-Sol/Dish Soap/Sponges)

  • Laundry Detergent/Dryer Sheets

Food Items:

  • Canned Fruits/Vegetables

  • Soup/Sauces

  • Noodles/Rice      

  • Canned Meats/Canned Beans

  • Boxed Meals/Side Dishes

  • Granola Bars/Oatmeal

  • Cereal

  • Snacks

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