Homeward Bound of WNC ends homelessness by moving people into permanent housing, and providing the support they need. 89% of the people we've moved into housing are still housed.
We receive public and private funding to do our work. If you'd like to be part of the solution, please visit our website and donate today! http://www.homewardboundwnc.org/donate
"I did a little bit of soul searching and realized that homelessness is an issue that I need to be involved in," Ryan McCullough told us recently about why he helped found Homeward Bound's REACH Fund. Neely Neu added, "We make our living by putting people in homes. What a perfect way for us to give back: by putting people in homes!" Check out this sweet lil video produced by the wonderful Amplified Media.
Today is World Mental Health Day. We asked a couple of our HOUSING case managers to reflect on their thoughts on Mental Health and the importance of housing. Here is what they said:
"When you are homeless, you are in survival mode, always on alert and in a state of fear. Mental Health is heightened by fear. 100% of the people in their caseloads deal with mental health disorders. HOUSING is crucial! HOUSING + case management brings safety and security and a space to focus on mental wellness and self-care."
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), an estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year.
We're so thankful for our generous sponsors for our Harmonies for Homes concert this Saturday from 12-5 at the Salvage Station. With their support and online ticket sales, we've raised over $10,000 already and we hope to double that with donations the day of the event! Hope you can make it. It'll be fun for the whole family. And don't forget that you'll get your chance to dunk the Asheville Tourists Baseball Club's Mr. Moon in the dunk tank!
We work with so many talented individuals who just happen to have fallen on hard times without the support to stay in housing. Patrick Littlejohn gives us a great reminder that everyone deserves to live inside and be able to pursue their passions.
Music can be source of hope, even when life seems hopeless. "The piano is relaxing for me,” says pianist and composer Patrick Littlejohn, of Asheville. His craft has been his compass through the worst of times. "Don't listen to my CD while you're driving. It'll almost put you to sleep,” he jokes...
We'd like to give a big shout of thanks to Skyland United Methodist Church, Susan Downs, Pat Faas and all the other volunteers, for taking such great care of our Room in the Inn ladies last week. We moved them to Skyland early to avoid storm issues and so appreciated them jumping in to help.
Church-Wide Crucial Conversation Update: A Way Forward Wednesday October 10th 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall The United Methodist Church is having important discussions about the Book of Discipline and certain stances on human sexuality and the church. SUMC’s All Are Welcome Group will host an...