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Our Story

Established in 1978, Promise Place was chartered by the Craven County Board of Commissioners as the Craven County Council on Women. Originally established as an advisory board on the status of women, Promise Place worked with what became Coastal Women’s Shelter to provide direct services to individuals who have been victimized by sexual violence or other crime.


Our organization has since evolved, gaining 501(c)3 status in 1980 and moving to establish ourselves independently from the domestic violence services and shelter program offered by Coastal Women’s Shelter. Today, we are the primary resource for victims of sexual assault and crime in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties, serving men, women, and children across three counties.

We take a three prong approach to addressing sexual violence.

  1. Outreach and Education – we offer trainings on site or virtually to groups of any size and makeup.

  2. Advocacy – we offer accompaniment to law enforcement, court, and medical appointments, and assistance with victim compensation applications, victim impact statements and other supportive services.

  3. Mental Health – we offer a variety of trauma focused modalities including TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy). ended (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy) if

All our services are provided at no cost to our clients, regardless of insurance status.

Learn more about what kinds of services we offer and other resources we can provide under the Resources tab.

Meet The Team

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Murlene Ennis

Executive Director

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Eleni Manouselis

Victim Support Specialist

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Annie Reiter


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Rosland Jarvis

Victim Advocate Supervisor

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Kennesha Smith

Victim Advocate

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Mae Henderson

Food Pantry Assistant

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Linda Arrington

Trauma Therapist

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Nori Curtis

Clinical Therapist

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Adrian Horne

Food Pantry Assistant

Interested in joining our team?
Apply here!

Meet The Board

We are grateful to have the support of our board in guiding our efforts to serve the people of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. Interested in becoming a Board Member? Learn more on our Donate page. 

Karen Renfro


Marcia Werneke


Bill Taylor


Diane Donald

Michelle Helms

Jean Kenefick

Pat Dumon

Michele Fisher

Community Partners

Our work is never done alone. We rely on our network of community partners to address the needs of our clients, aiming to provide comprehensive and holistic treatment to build safer communities free of violence, poverty, and injustice.  

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