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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FRONT LOBBY

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LIBRARY

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Home Sweet Home

We've finally moved into the new shelter! Residents and staff are settling in nicely and we're so grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout this process. 

Dawn drove the van which we borrowed from Grace Lutheran to move all our residents in!
Dawn drove the van which we borrowed from Grace Lutheran to move all our residents in!
Each resident pitched in to move their belongings.
Each resident pitched in to move their belongings.
The first dinner was served in the dining room on March 18.
The first dinner was served in the dining room on March 18.
Finally everyone has a place to sit and enjoy a meal.
Finally everyone has a place to sit and enjoy a meal.
Families now have their own space in the family unit.
Families now have their own space in the family unit.
Volunteers are already jumping in to help keep the shelter running smoothly.
Volunteers are already jumping in to help keep the shelter running smoothly.

Let's Move!

We're getting very close to move-in day. Take a look at the latest construction progress.

Entrance
Entrance
Foyer
Foyer
Kitchen and Dining Area
Kitchen and Dining Area
Reflection Room
Reflection Room
Men's Dorm
Men's Dorm
Administrative Area
Administrative Area
Transitional Housing Area
Transitional Housing Area
Permanent Housing Area
Permanent Housing Area

We are very excited to be able to offer those expirencing crisis and homelessness a new, safe place to stay while they begin the process of rebuilding their lives. As we move ahead, we remember why we took on this project in 2008.

Thank you for your support as we begin a new chapter in the life of Hospitality House.

Focus turns indoors

After more than 12 months, the shelter project is nearing completion. With the attention turned inside, crews are making tremendous progress. The parking area was finished mid-November and landscaping is coming along nicely. Crews are currently installing gypsum board in the ceiling which will be followed by foam insulation. Paint crews will move in once the ceiling is complete, followed by cabinets, windows and flooring.  

The parking lot has been paved and landscaping is nearly complete.
The parking lot has been paved and landscaping is nearly complete.
The entry and facade were designed to fit nicely with traditional High Country style.
The entry and facade were designed to fit nicely with traditional High Country style.
Once the gypsum board is installed, foam insulation will be added for its efficiency.
Once the gypsum board is installed, foam insulation will be added for its efficiency.

More than halfway complete

The shelter is more than halfway complete and everyone is hard at work keeping the process on track. The facade is nearly complete and the focus has turned to the inside. Check out our photo gallery or drive by the site to see the progress for yourself!

A view of the front as crews began working on the brick and rock.
A view of the front as crews began working on the brick and rock.
Interior shot of roofing.
Interior shot of roofing.
Interior courtyard.
Interior courtyard.
Another interior view of the roofing.
Another interior view of the roofing.
Brick, rock and timnber-framing have been completed.
Brick, rock and timnber-framing have been completed.
The main entrance
The main entrance
Grading is underway for the parking area.
Grading is underway for the parking area.
A close-up view of the brick and rock work.
A close-up view of the brick and rock work.
Sidewalks and patios have been completed.
Sidewalks and patios have been completed.

We're raising the roof

The roof is going up and we are thrilled. Crews expect to have the facility completely under roof within a few short weeks. Stop by and see the progress for yourself.

Crews began installing trusses two weeks ago.
Crews began installing trusses two weeks ago.
The back section is under roof.
The back section is under roof.
Moving on to the mid-section.
Moving on to the mid-section.
We hope to have the building completely under roof within a few short weeks.
We hope to have the building completely under roof within a few short weeks.

We have walls

Crews are making great progress at the new shelter site. The walls are completed and now they are moving on to roofing. Stop by and see it for yourself!

The facility is taking shape.
The facility is taking shape.
The cinderblock walls were constructed in a few short weeks.
The cinderblock walls were constructed in a few short weeks.
This is a view of the reflection room, located at the front of the building.
This is a view of the reflection room, located at the front of the building.
The masonry crew laid about 1,000 blocks per day.
The masonry crew laid about 1,000 blocks per day.

May and June

May and June were busy months and the weather was cooperative. Crews finished pouring footings, laid brick for the foundation and completed the preparation for plumbing.

A view from the top. Matt Dunn of Wishon & Carter is pictured on the right.
A view from the top. Matt Dunn of Wishon & Carter is pictured on the right.
The footprint of the building nears the corner of the retaining wall.
The footprint of the building nears the corner of the retaining wall.
With footers in place, the plumbing crew can lay the groundwork for plumbing.
With footers in place, the plumbing crew can lay the groundwork for plumbing.
Construction continues
Construction continues
The brick shows an outline of the facility.
The brick shows an outline of the facility.

The Future of Hospitality House

Hospitality House broke ground in September 2009 at the site of the new facility on Brook Hollow Road in Boone. Since then, crews have been working hard to make progress on the building. With severe winter weather, we were delayed but are now back at work! Check out our photo gallery.

Board members and dignitaries break ground
Board members and dignitaries break ground
Former residents helped, too
Former residents helped, too
Let construction begin
Let construction begin
Crews start the three tier retaining wall
Crews start the three tier retaining wall
The wall nearly complete
The wall nearly complete
The retaining wall is backfilled with stone for optimum stability
The retaining wall is backfilled with stone for optimum stability
Crews began grading for the building pad once the retaining wall was finished.
Crews began grading for the building pad once the retaining wall was finished.
The building pad is nearly completed and drainage systerms are being installed.
The building pad is nearly completed and drainage systerms are being installed.