Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry has taken thousands of homeless male and female veterans off the streets. To accomplish this, we rely on the compassion and generosity of volunteers and donors to support our programs such as the Veterans Restoration Quarters and Steadfast House, which provide veterans with stability, personal skill building, educational and training opportunities leading to employment and housing, along with the restoration of personal dignity, faith and strength.

One of the ways in which veterans living in ABCCM facilities gain a network of social support and recover their stability is to join American Legion Asheville Post 526. Based at the Veterans Restoration Quarters, Post 526 is the only nationally chartered American Legion post located at a homeless shelter. Around 95 percent of its members are homeless veterans and the rest are community members who join to support for their fellow veterans.

Post 526 has worked on renovation and restoration service projects for public and private facilities and homes, sponsored baseball teams, and raised money to help the community and the veterans at the VRQ.

“It's all about giving back to our community," says Post 526 Commander J.D. Smith, a U.S. Army veteran who lives at the Veterans Restoration Quarters."Post 526 is small but it’s got a big heart."

This post is small, but it’s got a big heart
— Post 526 Commander J.D. Smith

Your support is crucial not only for Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s programs for homeless veterans but also to help fill in the gap for community members who need a temporary hand paying their bills, women and children who are survivors of domestic violence, and people with no medical insurance who need costly prescriptions.

"I’ve seen men who come to Veterans Restoration Quarters and couldn’t hold their head up. Two weeks later they’re standing tall," Smith says. "This place reconstructs and restores lives."

A monument commemorating American Legion asheville Post 526 was placed at the veterans restoration quarters in memory of Lawrence Daniel, the post's first commander.

A monument commemorating American Legion asheville Post 526 was placed at the veterans restoration quarters in memory of Lawrence Daniel, the post's first commander.