About Us

PLM Families Together (PLMFT) provides housing and comprehensive services for families experiencing homelessness in Wake County.  Our programs include assessment, Short-term Housing, rapid Re-Housing Support, intensive support services, permanent housing placement, and 12-month Stabilization care.

Our original goal 30+ years ago of simply sheltering those who had no shelter has expanded to address equipping families with the skills necessary for them to achieve long-term, stable housing. We also recognize that keeping families together is critical during what can be a traumatic time.

Whether a family spends 1-2 months in one of our Short-term housing apartments, or we assist with their move directly into their own home, our goal is for them to be in their own homes on the road to independence as soon as possible.  A settled family is in a much better position to address its other challenges because the concern about where to sleep that night has been taken out of the equation.

At PLM Families Together, we believe that we must address homelessness as a community, so we work in collaboration with other service providers, our neighbors, the business community, our churches, and our government.


Moving Wake County families from homelessness to stable homes through mentoring, housing support and connecting to community resources.


No homeless families in Wake County


We value services that are – Empowering – Inclusive – Responsive – Compassionate – Family-driven – Advocating – Respectful – Innovative – and show Integrity

Our History

image - OUR HISTORYPLM Families Together was founded in 1980 as “Pan Lutheran Ministries” by five people from three Wake County Lutheran churches who saw a need in our community and did something about it.  Although we have grown and changed over the years, we remain true to our mission of helping families in crisis.  The dedication and compassion of our founders lives on in our work today.  To read a full history of PLMFT, click HERE.

Board of Directors

  • Dorothy Bell
  • Kathy Blum, President
  • Beth Chartrand
  • Maureen Costello
  • John Davis, Vice President
  • Dyretta Denkins
  • Dr. Pamela Denning
  • Helen Hauser
  • Greg Hawkins
  • Dennis Heffernan, Treasurer
  • Julie Helmey
  • Tim Hiteshew
  • Katie Kingsbery
  • Mark Mantey
  • John Niffenegger, Secretary
  • Scott Padalecki
  • Knowles Parker
  • MaryJane Selgrade
  • Ann Cooper Thomas
  • Sarah Wood

Moving Families from Homelessness to Independence