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 annually around 21, 764, or 1 in 12 persons in 2019. 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 over 289 churches of all denominations and 6,100 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.
A volunteer listening ministry for individuals or families in crisis; gaps are filled with short-term and long-term strategies. Emergency food boxes, clothing, household and furniture items are provided; also emergency financial assistance helps stop evictions, keeps folks safe and warm by helping with utility cut-offs for electric, water, gas; including heating assistance for fuel oil, and propane. Visit the Crisis Ministry page.
A listening ministry in the Buncombe County Detention Center where volunteers offer Bible studies and Chaplains connect with detainees to find meaning and direction at the crossroad in their lives. Library cart volunteers organize Bibles and religious material. Chaplains minister in times of loss. Pastoral care is offered to County deputies and staff. Monthly prayer services are held. Visit the Jail Ministry page.
Volunteers provide access to medical care and medicine at no charge for uninsured adults, many of whom are working but without insurance. Gaps are filled for health care and increase access to medical and pharmacy services for those below 200% of the federal poverty level. Visit the Medical Ministry page.
Volunteers provide homeless women and children a safe place to heal, develop life skills, good education and living wage jobs that lead to a permanent home. This campus offers a model of intentional community where 8 out of 10 leave with stable jobs and a home of their own. Visit the Transformation Village page.
Veterans Restoration Quarters
Volunteers are committed to providing Veterans with a safe place to heal, develop life skills, good education and living wage jobs that lead to a permanent home. This campus offers a model of intentional community where 8 out of 10 leave with stable jobs and a home of their own. Visit the Veterans Restoration Quarters page.
Veterans Services of the Carolinas
VSC serves primarily homeless Veterans and their families by meeting critical needs with short-term and long-term strategies to resolve their crises. Services: A Veteran Call Center 855-962-8387, homeless prevention, rapid rehousing, Veterans Employment and Training (VETS); and HOPE program for chronically homeless Veterans by reconnecting them with community. A suicide prevention program began in 2022. Visit the Veterans Services of the Carolinas website.
Recovery Living Center
Volunteers are committed to providing men with a Christian principled safe place to heal, develop life skills including recovery living strategies, good education and living wage jobs that lead to a permanent home. The Costello House campus offers a model of intentional community that brings transformation through spiritual formation with best practices in healthy emotional and recovery processes. Visit the Recovery Living Center page.
ABCCM is a key non-profit organization addressing poverty, hunger, incarceration, homelessness and access to health care for the uninsured in Buncombe County. Follow ABCCM on Facebook for ongoing information.