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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Rebuilding Lives Since 1984

Hospitality House, a non-profit crisis agency, serves seven counties (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey) in northwestern North Carolina helping those living in crisis, poverty and homelessness rebuild their lives.

The organization provides housing, nutrition and prevention in a safe, nurturing and healthy environment through the following programs:

  • Emergency Shelter Services
  • Long-Term Transitional Housing
  • Family Housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Rock Haven Independent Living Facility
  • Bread of Life Community Kitchen
  • Food Box Pantry - A Second Harvest Food Bank Program
  • WeCAN - a crisis intervention and homeless prevention program
  • BREMCO’s Operation Round-Up
  • NRLP's Good Neighbor Round Up Program 

Since 1984, Hospitality House has been a place to get a hand up, not a handout. Residents receive supportive services to address employment, education, housing and medical needs. Other services are coordinated with area agencies to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of the clients. Each resident is required to be substance-free and to take an active role in the house, help with chores and participate in daily meetings.

Through the provisions of food, shelter and supportive services the goal is for every adult and child to leave empowered and equipped with the skills that will allow them to transition from crisis to stability, poverty to sustainability and homelessness to self-sufficiency.

The need is great as there over 1,200 homeless people on any given night in our seven county region.

The “face of homelessness” includes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation and gender. According to a 2010 CareerBuilder.com survey, 77% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck meaning that injury, death, job loss and other unforeseen circumstances can render any family, child, woman or man homeless. Particularly vulnerable are U.S. veterans, the elderly, the under-employed, people with disabilities, chronic disease, mental illness and addiction disorders.

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