Quaker House was founded in 1969 and has remained in continuous operation since that time. Quaker meetings began in North Carolina to act on the call they felt to establish a place of peace and of aid for military service members who were questioning their role. They also felt led to establish a place of peace and refuge near Ft. Bragg, despite its distance from Quaker meetings.
Quaker House provides counselling and support to service members who are questioning their role in the military; educates them, their families, and the public about military issues; and advocates for a more peaceful world.
Quaker House provides two part-time counsellors to the GI Rights Network Hotline. This hotline is available toll-free to any active-duty members of the US military wherever they are stationed throughout the assist with information, options, and support for issues they may be facing in the military. Some of the reasons service members call are for assistance with a conscientious objection claim, discharge for other reasons, effects of assault, current AWOL status and need for information on options for resolving, as well as various other needs. Their counsellors have 17 years of experience in their roles and have helped several individuals successfully navigate the process to be discharged as conscientious objectors and in other cases that have been a lifeline to those facing significant emotional distress in situations that have arisen during their active-duty service.
Quaker House believes strongly in helping heal the invisible wounds of war and of a militarised society as they simultaneously work for a more peaceful world. They provide counselling with a licensed social worker free of charge for any local member of the US military and their family members who are having issues from moral injury, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault.
On each of these focus areas. Quaker House supplements our hands-on work with presentations, workshops, publications, and collaboration with other groups. They are well known in Fayetteville as a community resource and nonprofit organisation and are recognised as an established Quaker organisation that works for peace, attending regional meetings and national conferences and having their work highlighted in the Quaker magazine.