2019 Annual Report
It starts with you.


Chris Budnick, Executive Director

“When will life get better?” It’s a common question openly shared and silently contemplated by individuals initiating recovery. And it’s especially true for those arriving at Healing Transitions.

A perfect storm can thwart one’s efforts: the mental obsession of addiction, its physical and emotional toll and the magnitude of obstacles in the way (criminal justice involvement, strained and lost family relationships, debt, the wounds of past trauma, and the guilt of harm caused to others).

This storm can leave many wondering, “Where do I begin?”


During the mid-1990’s, Wake County was struggling to address the problems surrounding nearly 2,000 homeless individuals, two-thirds of whom were identified as also having an alcohol or other drug problem. Because no shelters would serve individuals under the influence, this population was either sent to the emergency department or to jail.

The County formed several committees to explore possible solutions and eventually recommended the creation of a non-medical detox, an emergency “wet” shelter and a long-term peer-run recovery program (based on a model found in Louisville, KY that was achieving significant results at a minimal cost).

In 2001, Healing Transitions opened its men’s campus with 165 beds. Then in 2006, the women’s campus was opened with 88 beds.

Since its inception, Healing Transitions has provided a better quality and more economical alternative to emergency departments, jails, first responders, and the streets.



TOTAL REVENUE – $5,099,862

TOTAL EXPENSES – $4,560,8684




We simply could not do this work without the incredible ambassadors we have leading the way. We rely on each one of these individuals to help move our mission forward as we build a community where long-term recovery can and does flourish. Thank you!

A Place at the Table

Allscripts Volunteer Network

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Volunteer Network

The Camel Club

Dix Park Advisory Committee

F3 (Fitness, Faith, and Fellowship)

FIA (Females in Action)

Habitat for Humanity

Homeless Employment Initiative Team

Homeless Working Group

Journey Church

Nationwide Volunteer Network

Oak City Recovery Run Club

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness


St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Temple of Pentecost Church

Wake County Master Gardeners

Wake County Overdose Prevention Coalition

White Memorial Presbyterian Church


Campbell University, Meredith College, Shaw, NCCU

Consumer Education (CESI)



North Carolina State University Bachelor of Social Work Program


Triangle Family Services

UNC School of Social Work

Wake Technical Community College

Cary Police Department

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training

Department of Parole and Probation

Garner Police Department

Raleigh Police Department

Wake County Emergency Medical Services

Wake County Sheriff’s Department

Advance Community Health

Alliance Health

Carolina Outreach

Connected Communities


Duke Raleigh Hospital

Veterans Affairs Medical Centers

Fellowship Health Resources


Morse Clinic

NC Harm Reduction Coalition

NC MedAssist

Raleigh Pharmacy

Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC)

REX Healthcare

SouthLight Healthcare

UNC Health Care Addiction Treatment Center at WakeBrook

Urban Ministries’ Open Door Clinic

Wake County Department of Public Health

Wake County Human Services

Wake County McKinney Team

Wake County Medical Society – Project Access

WakeMed Faculty Physicians

WakeMed Hospital

Wake Smiles

A Simple Way Recovery Homes

The Carying Place

The Diaper Exchange

Dress for Success

Emmaus House

Families Together

Family Promise of Wake County

Fellowship Home of Raleigh

The Food Bank of North Carolina

The Green Chair Project

Helen Wright Center for Women

The Interfaith Food Shuttle

LGBTQ Center

Love Wins

North Carolina Guardian ad Litem

Oak City Cares

Oxford Houses of North Carolina

Passage Home

Raleigh Rescue Mission

Salvation Army


Shepherds Table Soup Kitchen

StepUp Ministries

Toys 4 Tots

Wheels 4 Hope

The Women’s Center of Wake County

Leon Woodruff
Board Chair

Because of the leadership of our Board and the dedication of our wonderful staff, Healing Transitions is poised for success as we enter this new decade. We continue to serve more individuals than ever before in our organization’s history – in fact, in January 2020 we served an average of 348 people per night in facilities that were only designed to house 253 individuals.

2018 Annual Report
Courage. Resilience. Compassion