Our History

IMG_2499In 1986 the idea for a women’s center was born. Three women (one educator and two nurses at Frye Regional Medical Center) were working on the Woman’s Day Celebration at Catawba Valley Community College and discovered their common dream.  This was to create a center that would promote the overall well-being of women as well as to promote their intellectual, psychological, spiritual and physical health.  The women approached the administrator of Frye Regional Medical Center (FRMC) for support, and their dream became reality.  Frye provided funding for one year and offered to renovate a house for the center.  Immediately, the three founders coordinated the formation of a Board of Directors, filing Articles of Incorporation, securing a not-for-profit status, hiring a director and writing by-laws for the organization.  In 1987, the Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (WRC) opened its doors to the public, furnished and equipped with a combination of borrowed and donated items.  In 1990, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation provided additional funds to purchase new office equipment.

In April 2001, at the hospital’s request and in preparation for expansion, WRC returned the house to Frye, secured a new facility, and moved to 503 4th St. SW in Hickory for the next three years.  In August 2004, to decrease rent and gain additional space, WRC moved to its current location, 125 3rd St. NE, a former church parsonage now owned by the Hickory Landmarks Society. 

Programs and services of WRC continue to expand, responding to the diverse needs of clients served.   In early 2013, expanding on WRC’s recognized Transitions4Women services and the organization’s mission to empower women, the Women2Work Workforce Development Program was begun, a comprehensive and unique program, offering deserving unemployed, under-employed women and women of domestic violence long-term support toward gainful employment. The program is comprised of a 12 weeks of weekly session and check-ins, including face-to-face contact with our Community Support Coordinator and Counselors, as well as workshops to develop goal-setting and technical job search skills. In addition there are opportunities to strengthen job-search skills via WRC classes, programs, and collaborations with area agencies.  To support WRC and the Women2Work initiative, The Center Circle giving club has been established.  

Currently, WRC is staffed by four people – an Executive Director, a Community Support Coordinator, a Resource Development Coordinator and an Accounting Manager as well as a large group of enthusiastic volunteers.  The organization is overseen by 9 active board members.


Women's Resource Center empowers women through workforce development, advocacy, enrichment programs and community partnerships.