People Helping People of NC, Inc

by Terry Watson | May 5th, 2011
Justine Wiggins (Photo by: Maritza Baird Campbell)

Justine Wiggins (Photo by: Maritza Baird Campbell)

In just a wing and a prayer, Justine Wiggins of Durham says her company, People Helping People of NC, Inc. was birthed. She says she was granted a vision to form a company that would change the face of mental health services in the Durham community.

Through service and dedication, PHP of NC, Inc. is able to enhance the lives of the people it serves. While providing a safe, warm, and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning and individual growth, clients are cared for by a well trained professional staff that sees to their mental, physical, emotional, and medical needs. PHP of NC, Inc. is nationally accredited by CARF as a mental health agency and also licensed as a home health agency; approved in Durham, Orange, Persons, Chatham, Wake, Vance, Granville, Franklinton, Alamance, Graham and Warren County areas Mental Health programs. They are also licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Medical Assistance.

Born in Zebulon, North Carolina, Wiggins says she knew she possessed the drive and will to make her dream come to fruition. After spending two decades working for the worlds largest technology company, IBM, she took the first step of faith by working with just one client in her home on weekends. Now, 15 years later she owns and operates one of the leading CAP providers in Durham County. She also initiated one of the first Day Programs for persons with developmental disabilities that provides individualized attention and services. Her company has expanded to include a corporate office, day programming, specialized employment services, residential facilities, several AFL facilities (Alternative Family Living), and numerous services to families in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.

The mission of PHP of NC, Inc. is to teach, touch, and transform the lives of the people it serves. The company believes that anyone who has a disability is a person first, and their challenges are secondary. With this in mind, they strive to create an interactive, stimulating and safe environment that addresses the physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual needs of each person.

PHP of NC, Inc. prides itself on the retention of key employees. Wiggins has nurtured her staff to be integral components of the business. Her residential manager, Larry Duncan has been with her since 2001, and has developed a rapport with the clients who live in their residential facilities. Wiggins says she groomed her personal assistance into Maritza Baird Campbell into PHP’s Chief Operating Officer, after exhibiting 11 years of devotion to her company. “Having key players that continue to be long-standing members of such a successful company is one of the many reasons why my company has seen the success it has,” says Wiggins.

Wiggins says she is more than just a savvy business woman. She possess’s many layers of talents of which she gives all glory to God. Her life partner and husband Marion Wiggins Jr. has complimented many phases of her life including recording several gospel music albums and launching other business ventures including Durham Playground Studios and The Old School Community Enrichment Center, a non-profit organization.

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