A Joyful, Welcoming, Inclusive Community of Faith

Community Partners

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Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
Supported by more than 250 local congregations, they address poverty, hunger, homelessness, and access to health care for those in need in Buncombe County. Programs include Crisis Ministry in four locations, Homeless Services, Veterans Services, Medical Ministry, Jail Ministry and Donations Ministry.
Liaison: John Laney


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Asheville Poverty Initiative
Poverty Scholars teach about how they are impacted; Companion Communities agree to adopt a low income neighborhood; 12 Baskets Community Café rescues already prepared food from local agencies and redistributes through a Café model.
Liaison: Kathy Rouse


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BeLoved
A community deeply rooted in love and justice that lives on the margins and tries to change the world. They seek to end homelessness, poverty, prejudice, and injustice. They believe in the power of community which is the heart of their mission.
Liaison: Bill Heck


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Black Mountain Home for Children
To glorify God by caring for children and families. Foster care provider.
Liaison: Pat Crumpler


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Children and Friends Enrichment Center
The Mission of Children & Friends Enrichment Center is to provide affordable, high-quality childcare in an environment that meets the developmental needs of children ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age in the Swannanoa Valley.
Liaison: Corise Gambrell


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Bounty and Soul
Creates healthier communities by providing fresh healthy food, nutrition literacy, and health & wellness resources.
Liaison: Anne Dale


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Christians for a United Community
An interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches, lay people, and clergy who share a common commitment to Jesus and His vision of justice, peace, reconciliation, and non-violent social change.
Liaison: Steve Runholt


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Creation Care Alliance
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina (CCAWNC) is a network of faith communities and people of faith working to protect God's creation.
Liaison: Steve Runholt


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Earth Care Congregations
To become certified as Earth Care Congregations, churches take the Earth Care Pledge and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach.


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Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time. Volunteers build Safe and decent housing providing families an opportunity for stability, security, and personal and professional advancement.
Liaison: Larry Griswold

 


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Helpmate
Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis level services designed specifically for – and offered exclusively to – victims of domestic violence and their children.
Liaison: Jerry Vaneman


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Homeward Bound
Ends homelessness in Western NC by moving people into housing of their own and providing the support they need to stay housed for good.
(WWPC: Room in the Inn)
Liaison: Paulette Heck


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MANNA Food Bank
Involving, educating, and uniting people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.
Liaison: Elizabeth Cook


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Ministry of Hope
The Ministry of Hope is a community-funded program which raises funds to employ on-site chaplains at Swannanoa Correctional Centre for Women (SCCW) in Swannanoa, NC.
(WWPC: Swannanoa Correction Center for Women)
Liaison: Mary Wheeler


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National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina (NAMIWC)
Provides support, education, and advocacy to individuals living with mental illness and their families & loved ones.
Liaison: Paulette Heck


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New City Christian School
K-5 school with students from various racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. New City strives to reduce the educational gap and cultural divisions within the greater Asheville Community.
Liaison – Bill Heck


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Partnership for Pastoral Counseling
Offering the people of Western North Carolina affordable pastoral counseling that integrates spiritual insights and behavioral science principles to empower healing and growth.
Liaison: Fitz Legerton


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Mark Hare and Jenny Bent Mission
Mission Co-Workers serving in the Dominican Republic and Haiti [At the invitation of the Dominican Evangelical Church; and in Haiti, at the invitation of MPP (Farmers Movement of Papaye), sponsored by Presbyterian World Mission].

 


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Presbytery of Western North Carolina
The mission of our Presbytery is to strengthen congregations to be faithful and vital witnesses to Jesus Christ. We have 110 congregations with over 17,000 members. We span to the east to Gastonia, north to Banner Elk and west to the Tennessee line.
(WWPC: Building H.O.P.E. )


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Swannanoa Community Garden
The garden is located on Clover Lane across from Black Mountain Children’s Home. WWPC members help with the garden work. The produce from this garden goes to Bounty and Soul for distribution in our community.
Liaison: Kristin Williams

 


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Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
Team of committed Christian churches, staff, and volunteers who work together with the community in response to God’s call to provide vital services for our neighbors in need, both local residents and stranded travelers.
Liaison: Salyna Morgan


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Verner Center
Buncombe County Early Head Start provider. Provides comprehensive high-quality care and education to children ages birth to 5 years, regardless of socioeconomic status or background.
Liaison: Betty Siviter


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Veterans Restoration Quarters
Once a month a team from the church helps prepare and serve lunch at this housing facility for homeless veterans. It is run by ABCCM (above).
Liaison: Kathy Rouse