This year the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) observes its tenth 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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25th ANNUAL HONOR CARD
Say THANK YOU to a friend
Show your LOVE to someone special
HONOR a loved one
This year's Honor Card is dedicated to our homeless Veterans.
Success is in the comeback and "The Climb" is an integral part of the recovery of all that have fallen into the pit of despair and homelessness. Today Veterans are one of the largest segments of the homelessness community in the country.
Since 2001, over 2 million soldiers have valiantly served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On their return home, many soldiers have had to face challenges that they were not ready to experience including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), countless injuries from combat, weakened family ties and unprecedented unemployment rates higher than the national average.
All of this makes it hard for many Vets to transition into civilian life. A large segment of these new Veterans are facing the same challenges that many of our homeless Vietnam Veterans have dealt with for decades.
Today Veterans are one of the largest segments of the homelessness community in the country.
More about the Artist and Honor Card Program:
In 1988 artist William Mangum was asked to lend his artistic and publishing assistance to Greensboro Urban Ministry’s struggling fundraiser, the Honor Card program. He created an image called Not Forgotten. It was warmly embraced and sold 5,000 cards, raising a record setting $52,000 for various outreach programs. During the Holiday Season, Honor Cards are available for a minimum donation of $5 each. Individuals who purchase Honor Cards send them to friends and family, indicating that they have been honored by a donation to a local outreach agency. All proceeds go directly to each agency.
Personally touched by the needs of homeless people, Bill has been an advocate, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make The Honor Card program one of the most well run and leveraged charitable programs in the country. Within each beautiful painting is the subtle image and story of the needy. For 15 years, Bill personally underwrote the production of the Honor Card program. In that short period of time, more than $1,000,000 was raised for Greensboro Urban Ministry’s various programs to support the needy in that community.
As the Honor Card program reaches its 25th anniversary, over $4,000,000 has been raised to support homeless agencies in cities across North Carolina.