Homeward Bound of WNC is a nonprofit organization ending homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina.
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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.
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.
Interim 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 Services 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
Alanna Homeless Case Manager 828.747.2599
Amanda Housing Case Manager 828.776.1840
Anne Housing Case Manager 828.273.4810
Benjamin Housing Case Manager 828.772.7072
Bren Woodfin Safety Officer 828.505.3606
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
Crissy Housing Specialist 828.772.2846
Debbie Housing Specialist 828.777.6293
Donna Housing Case Manager 828.768.2662
Erin Homeless Case Manager 828.774.9212
Hillary Permanent Supportive Housing Program Manager 828.772.6600
Holly Housing Case Manager 828.337.5672
Janette Homeless Case Manager 828.774.8117
Jenny M. Housing Specialist Manager 828.782.1492
Jerry HACA Team Lead 828.777.4754
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
Latoya AHOPE Safety Officer 828.252.8883
Leigh Rapid Rehousing Director 828.772.9144
Linda Woodfin Safety Officer 828.505.3606
Merry Data Specialist 828.252.8883
Michael Woodfin Safety Officer 828.505.3606
Miranda Housing Case Manager 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
Brittany Hands and Feet Intern 828.767.1060
Sean Prevention Housing Case Manager 828.772.7497
Tamarie Permanent Supportive Housing Director 828.767.9207
Terry Donation Center Assistant 828.747.9409
Taylor Woodfin Safety Officer 828.505.3606
Wes Outreach Case Manager 828.772.2847
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
Bill Early, President PlumDog Financial
Michael Cortes, Vice President TD Bank
Chris Youngblood, Secretary PNC Bank
Melissa Stamatiades, Treasurer Parsec Financial
Donna Ball Liberty Corners
Mae Creadick Attorney and Real Estate Developer
Angie Cullen Nest Realty
Ed Greene Asheville Yoga Center
David Greiner Merrill Lynch
David McCartney Aloft Hotel
Carol Rovello City of Asheville
Henry Watts Beverly Grant
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.