YES! WeCAN!

$54,953

Goal: $100,000

YES! WeCAN!

This past year the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) observed its eleventh year of helping community neighbors in crisis. Conceived, organized and funded by the faith community in 2002, WeCAN serves as a clearing house of benevolence assistance and crisis services for Watauga County residents.

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Staff Contacts

Hospitality House staff are a dedicated team committed to helping residents rebuild their lives. If you have questions for a particular staff member, feel free to e-mail us.

Lynne Mason: Executive Director, M.S.W.

Boone resident and UNC Alum Lynne Mason oversees the shelter and works tirelessly as the number one advocate for homelessness in the High Country. Lynne is responsible for securing the 20% of our funding that comes from state and federal grants and ensuring that we are compliant of all guidelines required to receive those funds. She has been with Hospitality House since 2003. She always says she never dreamed she would be working with the homeless but it's been the most rewarding work she's ever done.

Todd Carter: Director of Development

Ashe County resident and UNC Alum Todd Carter works with individuals, businesses, faith communities, foundations and civic clubs in our seven county service area to offer opportunities for support of the programs and services made available to residents. He organizes fundraising events, speaks to various community groups and meets one-on-one with people who are interested in being involved with the work of Hospitality House. He's working hard to tell the story of Hospitality House, the services it provides, the communities it serves and its clients, who are the heart of the organization.

Tina Krause: Director of Services

Wilkes County resident and Guilford College alum Tina Krause manages existing services, implements new programs, coordinates our Volunteer Program, manages shelter staff, handles human resources, makes sure that day-to-day operations run smoothly and ensures that the needs of the residents are being met in a dignified manner. Tina serves as the Watauga County representative on the Second Harvest Food Bank Agency Advisory Council and instrumental in securing key community partnerships that allow us to expand the services that we offer.

Julie Hodge: Director of Finance

ASU Alum and Iraq War Veteran Julie Hodge spends her days crunching numbers, paying bills and balancing our budget. She's a master of financial information, keeps our cash flow running smoothly and is super mom to her daughters Regan and Riley.

Sonya Hamby: Lead, Transitional & Family Service Coordinator

Boone native, ASU Alum and Lead Service Coordinator Sonya Hamby serves the 29 residents of our Transitional and Family Housing programs. She dedicates her time to helping residents continue along the path to employment, housing, goal-setting and building life skills. Sonya has been with Hospitality House since 2005.

Laura Bullock: Emergency Shelter Service Coordinator 

UNC Wilmington Alum Laura Bullock manages our Emergency Shelter Services comprised of two male dorms and two female dorms that house a total of 24 residents. Laura counsels her clients, evaluating their homeless situation, guiding them through the steps to begin rebuilding their lives while providing the structure of accountability they need to be successful.

Jenny Carson: Permanent Supportive Housing Coordinator 

Jenny manages our Permanent Supportive Housing Program which includes nine residences at the Hospitality House, the eight unit Rock Haven Independent Living Facility and Scattered-Site Housing. This program is designed to provide support and stability for those living with permanent disabilities. Jenny enjoys getting to know the residents and derives much satisfaction in cultivating these relationships. The ability to invest in people and to encourage their long-term success each day is what motivates and sustains her.

Graham Doege-Osler: WeCAN and Prevention Coordinator

Graham comes to us from New River Behavioral and was working as our HPRP Coordinator for six months prior to moving into this new position. She oversees our crisis assistance program, counseling those who find themselves in a serious situation but who are not homeless. She administers the Operation Round Up and Good Neighbor Round Up programs and helps people find resources that they need to maintian housing and prevent homelessness. Recently, Graham also became our In-take specialist and has begun managing our new Rapid Rehousing Program

Allison Jennings: Food Service Coordinator

Allison, a culinary arts graduate, manages the Bread of Life Community Kitchen, oversees distribution of the Food Box Program, coordinates the harvest of fresh vegetables and herbs from our Community Gardens and teaches "Cooking Matters" classes. She maintains inventory from the Second Harvest Food Bank, handles all food donations and works to ensure that healthy, creative and nutritious meals are served to all residents and any community members who are hungry.

Jordan Duke: Facilities Manager / Shelter Assistant

An ASU alum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Appropriate Technology, Jordan manages the repairs and maintenance on our properties, ensuring the grounds and interiors of the Hospitality House and Rock Haven are taken care of at all times. He is responsible for maintaining agency HVAC systems, performing minor facility repairs, overseeing our fire and safety program, working to improve our environmental sustainability and overseeing our solar thermal installation project.

Dwayne Davidson: Shelter Assistant

ASU College of Education graduate Dwayne works alongside the other shelter assistants to ensure the house is running efficiently. He administers Emergency Shelter evening check-in, does new client intakes, conducts house meetings and makes sure that chores are being completed. He brings support, encouragment and understanding to those who have found themselves in crisis and homeless situations.

Katie Beth Caswell: Shelter Assistant

Recently graduated from ASU with a degree in Sociology, Katie Beth works alongside the other shelter assistants to ensure the house is running efficiently. She administers Emergency Shelter evening check-in, does new client intakes, conducts, house meetings and makes sure that chores are being completed. She brings support, encouragment and understanding to those who have found themselves in crisis and homeless situations.

Hope Dearman: Shelter Assistant

Recently graduated from ASU with a degree in Sociology, Katie Beth works alongside the other shelter assistants to ensure the house is running efficiently. She administers Emergency Shelter evening check-in, does new client intakes, conducts, house meetings and makes sure that chores are being completed. She brings support, encouragment and understanding to those who have found themselves in crisis and homeless situations.

Adam Moody: Overnight Shelter Assistant

Hospitality House is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that means staff have to cover the shelter at all times. Adam works the overnight shift ensuring residents are in the shelter and everyone is safe.  He manages the data entry for the state CHIN (Carolina Homeless Information Network) and federal HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) data information systems. These are critical requirements for the state and federal grants that we receive.

Nancy Mugford: Therapist

Nancy facilitates one-n-one and group therapy at the shelter, allowing residents a safe place to talk about issues and offers them professional support. This is a vital part of the process of helping people rebuild their lives and another way in which Hospitality House works to meet the needs of the whole person.  

Volunteer Staff

Hospitality House has volunteers who give of their time and talent in a staff position. Beceause of these committed individuals, Hospitality House can offer enhanced services to residents.

  • Tina Groover, WeCAN Service Coordinator
  • Linda Caraway, WeCAN Service Coordinator
  • Bob Schneider, Front Desk
  • Bruce Rohrer, Front Desk
  • Marian Peters, Physician Assistant
  • Marjory Holder, Therapist

Board of Directors

The Hospitaity House Board of Directors works to ensure the agency is meeting the needs of the community in a responsible fashion. If you are interested in serving on the boad please e-mail Lynne Mason, executive director. The 2013 Board of Directors are:

Kay Dixon, Chair

Lynn Stall, Vice Chair

Bob Neill, Treasurer

Alice Salthouse, Secretary

Robin Ward, Formerly Homeless

Kay Borkowski

Emily Stallings

Kedith England

Brenda Lyerly

Allen Mosely

Phil Muncy

Tom Redmond

Chris Burns

John Winkler

Wes Weaver

Chris May

John Rundell