Mama’s House

Janette Rod, founder of Mama’s House

Founded on August 1, 2018

Mission: To help feed, clothe and provide necessary household items to impoverished or struggling families in need locally, whether short- or long-term situations. We welcome all in need with open arms regardless of their sex, religion, race or beliefs.

Lil’ Mama’s House

Mama’s House of Thrift

A second thrift shop location offers a “no shaming” shopping experience. Lil Mama’s House in Willow Springs was created in order for clients to pick out their clothing as if they were shopping. The only difference is that when clients check out at the register, they never have to pay.

Services: In an attempt to keep families out of homeless situations, Mama’s House provides food, toiletries, baby items, clothing and household goods to families in need in Wake, Johnston and Harnett counties.

Deliveries of food are made to those that cannot leave their home due to illness, disability or lack of transportation. Special events for back-to-school and the holidays collect clothing, food and toys.

How has the organization been affected by the pandemic? Sales at Mama’s House of Thrift — a 1940s, two-story home converted to a thrift store — provide proceeds used to purchase food for our clients. The thrift store was forced to close due to Covid-19, resulting in a significant decrease in resources. Our enrollment numbers grew to over 2,400 in less than 30 days. A GoFundMe campaign helped us survive and continue to make thousands of food deliveries, and the food bank did not stop operations at any time. As of August 1, Mama’s House is in full operation, and our thrift store, donation area and food bank are open.

Biggest needs: Volunteers and donations are always welcome and needed. We accept all household items, including toys, clothing, shoes, toiletries, pet supplies, linens, books, magazines, newspaper, office supplies, school supplies and more. Canned/dried/non-perishable/non-expired/unopened food and pet-food items are also accepted.

Ways to help: Shop the thousands of beautiful, low-cost items at Mama’s House of Thrift. Every dollar spent at the thrift store buys two cans of food for a family in need. Volunteers are needed to help sort clothing donations, staff the thrift store and make deliveries. Financial, tax-deductible donations are accepted online at

Mama’s House
1501 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina
(984) 225-2386

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