Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) is one of the key non-profit organizations addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care for the under-served in Buncombe County, serving over 50,000 individuals in 2013. Begun as a small collaboration of churches in 1969, ABCCM has played a significant role in meeting emergency assistance needs for families in crisis, coordinating religious services and education activities at the jail, providing transitional and permanent supportive housing of the homeless through 300 beds, increasing access to health care for half the uninsured and medically underserved; as well as work readiness, mentoring and job placement services. We serve veterans across 26 WNC counties. ABCCM is generously supported by 279 congregations of all denominations and faith groups; plus 5,000 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of age, sex, religion or ethnic background.
- Crisis Ministry has four locations around the county providing emergency assistance to individuals and families such as food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance for heat, utilities and rent/mortgage, etc; plus we have a Donation Center and Thrift Store.
- ABCCM’s Veterans’ Services provide housing, food, case management, education and connection to both mental and physical health providers to residents of ABCCM’s Veteran Restoration Quarters (men’s facility) and Steadfast House (women’s facility). Programs also include Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), Operation Welcome Home and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). Follow ABCCM on Facebook at facebook.com/ABCCM.
- Medical Ministry is a partnership between Mission Hospital and ABCCM where we care for the uninsured in Buncombe County. We offer medical services for acute and essential primary care; provide dental services through extractions; and, our licensed pharmacy distributes over one million dollars in prescriptions each year.
- Jail Ministry provides inmates with new meaning and direction through pastoral counseling, Bible studies, educational materials and a library cart.
- Veterans Employment & Training Services (VETS) assist with skills assessment, training, job placement and coaching for those seeking new career level jobs to break the bonds of homelessness and poverty.
- ABCCM Our Circle (for young parents, ages 16-24) develops friendships between Allies (trained mentors) and helps parents who are seeking stability to climb the career ladder of success and build bridges of community.
- Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) helps veteran families in WNC (from Charlotte to Murphy and from Boone to Tryon) with homeless prevention and rapid re-housing.
ABCCM is a key non-profit organization addressing poverty, hunger, incarceration, homelessness and access to health care for the uninsured in Buncombe County.