OUR VISION

We envision a day when the poor and vulnerable among us will no longer be ignored but treated with compassion and decency. We envision a day when any homeless person, regardless of psychiatric disabilities, substance abuse problems, medical issues, or financial poverty, can move directly into service-enriched permanent housing and become a productive member of society.

OUR VALUES

We believe in the absolute value and worth of every single human being.
We believe that housing is a basic human right, integral to self-worth and dignity.
We believe that homelessness is a solvable problem.
We believe that all services should be offered with respect and empathy, in the spirit of hope and recovery.
We believe that we are successful as an organization when one individual takes one step forward on the journey home.

Homeward Bound of WNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency working in Buncombe County. We end homelessness by moving people into permanent housing and providing the support that they need to stay there.

Our mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness.

Homeward Bound began in 1988 as Hospitality House, opening its doors to serve the growing homeless population through long-term emergency shelter. In 2006, Hospitality House became Homeward Bound of WNC, and shifted its focus from managing homelessness with shelter to ending homelessness with permanent housing, utilizing the best practice model of Housing First.

We’re the community leader in best practices to end homelessness, and have been using the Housing First model since 2006. The Housing First model has been proven to be the most effective, cost-efficient, sustainable, and humane intervention to homelessness. Essentially this means people experiencing homelessness are housed as quickly as possible and offered case management services to provide support and resources to help maintain housing stability.

Since 2006, we’ve moved over 1,800 men, women, and children out of cars, camps, and shelters into permanent housing. We have an 89 percent retention rate in housing.

Board of Directors

President
Vann Vogel
Vice President
Angie Cullen
Treasurer
Chris Youngblood
Secretary
Mae Creadick

Donna Ball
David Greiner
David McCartney
Brian Methvin
Ryan McCullough
Carol Rovello
Henry Watts, Jr.

Our Staff

Administrative Staff

 Executive Director: Meredith Switzer, M.Ed  828-774-9555
Finance and Operations Director: April Lambert  828.424.0578
Financial Assistant: Peiyin Chen  828.424.0578
Grants Management Director: Jenny Simmons  828.258.1695
Program Director: Emily Ball  828.380.2850
Director of Resource Development: Eleanor Ashton  828.713.3071
Volunteer Engagement Director: Sharon Blythe  828.776.9741
Strategic Gifts Officer: Jim Lowder
  828.337.4623
Welcome Home Program Manager: Ashley Campbell  828.777.1886
Donor Relations Manager: Ruby Koch-Fienberg 828.785.9840

Our Staff

Program Staff

Alanna  Housing Case Manager  828.747.2599
Alexa  Housing Specialist 828.768.2458
Alix  Housing Case Manager  828.772.2846
Amanda S.  Scattered Site Team Lead 828.767.9207
Amanda T.  Housing Case Manager  828.776.1840
Anne  Housing Case Manager  828.273.4810
Ashleigh  Homeless Case Manager 828.777.8262
Benjamin  Housing Case Manager  828.772.7072
Bren  Woodfin Safety Officer  828.505.3606
Caroline  Housing Case Manager  828.772.5773
Catherine  Housing Case Manager  828.772.2845
Chelsea  Woodfin Safety Officer  828.505.3606
Christian  Homeless Case Manager 
828.782.0016
Clayton  Housing Case Manager  828.747.9276
Debbie  Housing Specialist  828.777.6293
Donna  Housing Case Manager  828.768.2662
Erin  Homeless Case Manager  828.774.9212
Hillary  PATH SOAR Case Manager  828.772.6600
Janette  Homeless Case Manager  828.774.8117
Jenny M.  Permanent Supportive Housing Director 828.782.1492
Jerry  HACA Team Lead  828.777.4754
Jon  Security Manager  828.777.9702
Julie  Rapid Rehousing Manager  828.772.2849
Kate A.  PATH Peer Support Case Manager 828.620.0056
Kate C.  PATH Team Lead  828.768.2670
Katherine  Housing Case Manager  828.772.2848
Katie  Hands and Feet Volunteer  828.747.9409
Leigh  Rapid Rehousing Director  828.772.9144
Linda  Woodfin Safety Officer  828.505.3606
Michael  Woodfin Safety Officer  828.505.3606
Mike  Housing Case Manager  828.337.5672
Miranda  Housing Specialist 828.777.5342
Molly  Veterans Staff Support  828.747.8583
Myriam  Homelessness Program Manager  828.774.9191
Nate  AHOPE Safety Officer  828.252.8883
Nicole, Homeless Services Director  828.777.5165
Pip  Homeless Case Manager  828.620.0135
Rachel  Homeless Case Manager  828.778.0016
Robert  PATH Case Manager  828.768.3435
Ryan  Housing Case Manager  828.775.4199
Samuel  Homeless Case Manager  828.774.9139
Sara  Prevention Housing Case Manager  828.772.7497
Brittany  Hands and Feet Intern  828.767.1060
Terry  Donation Center Assistant  828.747.9409
Taylor  Woodfin Safety Officer  828.505.3606
Wes  Outreach Case Manager  828.772.2847
Will  Housing Case Manager  828.777.9809

Strategic Initiative: Ending Chronic Homelessness

People who are chronically homeless have been on the streets or in shelter for at least 12 months and have a disability. The longer people are homeless, the more complex their needs become: they develop chronic medical conditions that don’t get treated, their mental health deteriorates and substance use increases, and they often experience severe trauma because they don’t have a safe place to live. Additionally, their public costs are high because they use emergency medical services and are frequently incarcerated, often for misdemeanors related to living outside. People who’ve become chronically homeless are the some of the most vulnerable members of our community. They have the greatest need for permanent housing but the least opportunity to access it. Based on our current programs, we know that people who’ve been chronically homeless can be successful in housing when we provide the right supports to meet their needs.

92 cents of every dollar goes directly to end homelessness

Donate Today

A monthly gift allows you to spread the financial impact of your giving across the entire year, lessening a one-time drain on your resources. Also, recurring gifts help Homeward Bound as we can more accurately predict income in advance, which helps with longer range budgeting and decision-making.

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Volunteers help us end homelessness 

Come volunteer with us

Come volunteer with us! We offer service experiences for individuals, faith communities, businesses, and schools and youth groups. Volunteers help us end homelessness in our region by helping provide much-needed services to people transitioning into a home.

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Contribute to a Cause

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Your clean and gently used household items can help others experience the comforts of home. Your donations go directly to women, men, and children moving in to new homes or are used at our Day Center. Donation receipts are available upon request.

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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

The Homeward Bound community includes caring staff, volunteers, board members, and people experiencing or moving out of homelessness. We believe that housing is a human right and use the “Housing First” national best practice to end homelessness. We care about the most vulnerable among us and work every day to help them improve their lives. Join us!

37 Montford Ave Asheville, NC 28801

Call Us: (828) 252-8883

News & Updates

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Homeward Bound’s 2000th client moves into her own home!

Homeward Bound’s 2000th client moves into her own home!

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