New Computer Lab

DAR awards $10,000 Patriotism Grant to VRQ

Everyone at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ) is cheering! The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced they are donating $10,000 to the VRQ, a unit of Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, for a new computer lab. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Edward Buncombe Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Asheville, NC who raised $16,500. The classroom is to be named the Anne Penland DAR Computer Classroom, honoring chapter member Anne Penland (1885-1976), who was a pioneering nurse anesthetist during WWI as a member of the Army Nurse Corps.

keyboard.JPG

“We are honored to be chosen by the DAR for this award. We’re thrilled about the expansion of our computer classroom with new computers in memory of Anne Penland,” says Tim McElyea, Director of the Veterans Restoration Quarters. “The Daughters of the American Revolution has provided exactly what we need to offer great educational and training opportunities for our residents.”

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The DAR receives hundreds of grants applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, and include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org. For more about applying for a Special Projects Grant from DAR, visit www.dar.org/grants.

For more information about DAR, please contact Luann Nelson at

828-712-9442 or visit ncdar.org/edwardbuncombechapter.html.

57ed2cc77baa6.image.jpg

Code Purple Saves Lives

Code Purple keeps Buncombe County safe and warm by housing and feeding our homeless neighbors in the most bone chillingly cold Asheville nights.  In 2017 ABCCM provided over 6,000 emergency shelter stays, including Code Purple stays.  The ABCCM van goes out each night when temperatures drop below 32 degrees to offer those struggling with homelessness shelter from the cold.  Blankets, food, and other essential items are given to those who choose not to come in for the night. 

Watch this compelling news story covered by News 13 this past December to see how those involved in Code Purple, like Tim McElyea, stand in the gap during our coldest season.

By giving $25, you can help us house, feed, and clothe a homeless neighbor for one night.

Medical Clinic Volunteers Brave the Cold

As we know in the last weeks, the temperatures in the Asheville-Buncombe area have dipped lower and lower with each passing day. While that often means several members of our community have to find shelter from the cold, it also means that people are spending more time in close quarters with each other. This flu season has been one to remember and now, more than ever, people are at a higher risk.

Those who do not have affordable access to healthcare are often “left in the cold” and jeopardize their jobs and the wellness of their friends, family, and those around them. If an individual is sick, they might miss crucial days of work and lose wages that help them provide for their family. They also might pass that illness to those family members. What might have started as a relatively innocuous virus could turn into a moment of severe crisis for this family.

ABCCM Doctors’ Medical continues to bridge the gap and open our arms to those who need it most-- especially during the winter season. Our volunteers continue to brave weather conditions and show up for our patients every session that the clinic is open. Doctors, nurses, and even medical students show their continued commitment to keep our patients “safe and warm.” ABCCM Medical serves those who need care urgently and will continue to do so.

Dr. Keith Campbell.jpg

Pray for the health and wellness of those in need in the Asheville-Buncombe area, and for God’s favor on the doctors and nurses who serve them.

Serve the medical clinic during the cold and flu season.  Email maia.price@abccm.org to serve.

Give the gift of a medical visit to someone in need by donating $32.47 to ABCCM.

Keeping Buncombe County Safe & Warm

A piping hot cup of cocoa, a cozy blanket snuggled up to my chin, and the thermostat set at a toasty 68 degrees.  That’s what my winter months in Asheville look like, but, unfortunately, that is not the experience that many of our neighbors in need experience this time of year. 

Last winter ABCCM helped 1,351 households stay safe and warm with some type of personalized heating assistance.  Our crisis ministries see a consistent need for support every winter for families and individuals living on fixed incomes. Utility bills are naturally higher in the winter months, so an already tight budget becomes unmanageable for those in need. ABCCM helps households that face these challenges with financial assistance, food assistance, and helpful planning to get household budgets back in line.

This year Ingles Markets is partnering with ABCCM to help Buncombe County residents in need of heating assistance and blankets.  The Safe & Warm Heating Assistance Campaign begins January 29th and will conclude on February 10th.  

Website Photo.jpg

How you can help:

Pray earnestly.

  •  Pray for those in our community that are struggling in these frigid temperatures without the means to stay safe and warm this season.
  • Pray for the ABCCM Crisis Ministries as they come alongside and serve those in need of heating assistance in a personal way.

Serve at one of our Crisis Ministries or at our Safe & Warm Blanket Drive Collection Day.

  • To learn more about serving in one of our Crisis Ministries, email Sheryl Olsen.
  • To inquire further about serving at the Safe & Warm Blanket Drive Collection Day, email Brad Owen

Give with a generous heart toward Ingles Markets and ABCCM’s Safe & Warm Campaign.

  • Purchase a Safe & Warm Icon at a participating Ingles Market near you.
    • Use your Ingles Advantage Card, and be entered to win an upgraded heating system from Blossman or Gentry Heating & Cooling.
  • Give a new or lightly used blanket to a participating Ingles Market near you.

*For a list of participating Ingles Markets, click HERE.

Give to the Safe and warm Campaign

A Man Just Like Me

12-2017 Ian Williams Photo.jpg

Earlier this year a young man close to my age came into the ABCCM Ferguson Family Crisis Ministry Site in Candler seeking assistance with an extremely high electric bill.  His name was Elijah, and he had recently received a clean bill of health after a hard battle with cancer.  This was great news!  The issue that Elijah and his family of seven were facing at this point was that the temporary disability funds and food assistance he was receiving during his treatment was rather abruptly cut as soon as he had been given a healthy diagnosis.  Elijah had to spend every cent of his savings to pay his mortgage and other essential bills.  As a result, he was unable to afford electricity or food for his family.

This is an unfortunate reality that many of our neighbors experience in times of hardship, but what made this story stand out for me is how easily this story could be my own.  Elijah is a father, I am a father.  Elijah is a carpenter, I was a carpenter.  After speaking with him for a while I realized that we had a lot of other similarities, but one of the big differences between us was that Elijah got sick, and I am (so far) healthy.

The fact that something so serious, and so random, can so quickly put a person or family into a serious crisis situation is one of the reasons why I feel so blessed to be able to work with an organization like ABCCM.  As we often do, we were able to help Elijah avoid disconnection of his electric service and provide his family with some food.  Of equal importance, we were also able to sit with him, listen to his story, show him that there are people who care and want to help mitigate unfortunate situations, and provide a path forward. 

Elijah is now working full time and is taking classes in order to enter the medical field.  He feels called to give back to the world by joining those who helped him beat cancer.  When he walked out of our office, he expressed his deep gratitude for our service and care. 

As we prepare to walk into 2018, I feel called to express my deep gratitude to the churches, individuals, and businesses that support ABCCM, to the volunteers and clients who we work with to keep God’s word, and to the Lord Jesus Christ who gives us the opportunity to follow in His example.

Thanks,

Ian Williams – Site Coordinator ABCCM Hominy Valley

Setting Hearts Free

In the news we hear and see the violence and the drugs, so we conclude that prisoners are a menace to society and a threat to our children and community. “Lock them up and throw away the key,” we chide! Pause and listen for a moment to the hearts of those who have been locked up.

12-2017 Jail Ministry Photo.png

“...Our souls dance as God’s plan supersedes any agenda formulated against us. I only ask, 'Could I have begun such a journey free of isolation?' But my answer is always, 'No.'  I’ve learned that to appreciate a lion up close, we have to capture the beast, and allow Him (God) to subdue the animal, instinctively, long enough to be spiritually awakened. I am most blessed to have your spiritual guidance at a time in life when most of the world has forsaken me. This, in itself, speaks volumes...in a world where it seems as if everything is down. We think down, we talk down, we act down, we feel down, and many of us are low down. In the midst of this, you bring to mind the hymnologist that wrote, 'I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day; still praying as I onward bound, Lord, plant my feet on higher ground'. To find this inspiration in You makes me beyond grateful. Now I look in the mirror, and I’m glad to see laughter in the eyes where tears used to be. I’m willing to confide, rebuild, and have faith in someone to lead me to greater things or, in essence, my 'higher ground'"

Written By R.H.

IF I ONLY HAD!

If I only had a dollar, I would help a man in need.

If I only had some extra clothes this winter, I would help a man not freeze.

If I had some extra shoes to give, a man could walk all day,

If I had an extra jacket, believe me, it would help him along the way.

If I had an extra heart I’d give, to a man who gave up on life,I’d give that man some hope today,

in the name of Jesus Christ.

Written by J.K.

Both R. H. and J. K. are currently incarcerated in the Buncombe County Detention Facility/Asheville Jail. May you have ears to hear, by the Holy Spirit, that all inmates are real people who, just like R.H. and J.K., are hurting, lost, broken, and yet, are still such gifted and talented people.

Consider this––we have the potential to turn the key that sets their hearts free to receive the Good News of Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and salvation. We can share that Christ has plans of hope and a better future for them when all has seemed otherwise so bleak. We ask you to partner with us through your prayers, volunteer time, and financial support to turn the key and set their hearts free. 

Rev. Vanessa L. James                                                                                                               Chaplain

The Generosity of Publix

ABCCM was blessed on Friday, December 1st with a generous donation of $20,000 from Publix Super Markets Charities.  This gift was specifically given to support our efforts to feed those in need in the Asheville area, and we could not be more grateful.  Executive Director, Reverend Scott Rogers, was on site to accept the donation with gratitude from John Rozier, one of the Publix Super Market at Pinnacle Point’s store managers, whose store is located at 1830 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC 28803.

12-2017 Publix Donation Photo.jpg

Publix Community Giving “supports organizations that focus on youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness.”  As an organization they truly value community involvement, and this gift to feed those in need in our area is a testament to their commitment to that end.  Through ABCCM’s crisis centers, we have given out groceries to those in need 6,000 times from the start of the year through December 6th.  Publix’s donation will play a vital role in assisting our crisis ministries as they add to the number of groceries and meals provided to those in need during the holiday season and new year.

Aaron Schnurbusch, Assistant Director of the ABCCM Main Crisis Ministry, spoke about the importance of corporate contributions like Publix’s.  He explained that, “It is so vital for corporate contributions to be made because we need the income to fill in the gaps.  We go out and work hard to bring in groceries for people in need, while being mindful that it doesn’t go to waste.  Inevitably, though, over the course of a year there will be a little bit missing here or there.  We’ll need a little money to fill in that gap to make sure we fulfill the need.  Corporate financial contributions are also important because it allows us to pay for equipment and other crucial intangible items like electricity.”

Thank you Publix Super Markets Charities for your donation to not only provide food for the needy, but also for adding overall value to the work that our crisis ministries are doing. 

Leaving Legacies

Over the past two months ABCCM has had the privilege of naming two of its facility rooms in honor of some incredible contributors and supporters of our ministries.  The Liz Rothlein Training Center at the Steadfast House and the Lloyd Weinberg Sound Room at the Veterans Restoration Quarters are our new additions.

This November Steadfast House was blessed to receive a $50,000 gift from Ash Rothlein in honor of his late wife, Liz Rothlein.  With this gift Steadfast House has been able to create the Liz Rothlein Training Center where we will be able to continue working to move women from homelessness to self-sufficiency.  This gift will support training and curriculum surrounding trauma-informed care and resiliency.  It will also support scholarships to help the women of Steadfast House gain living-wage employment through education and certification programs.   

12-2017 Rothlein Donation Photo.jpg

Lloyd Weinberg was a US Navy veteran who had a passion for assisting his fellow veterans.  For over 3 years, Lloyd dedicated his time to volunteering at the Veterans Restoration Quarters.  He taught a weekly class there on the history of jazz where he would show videos and bring in live acts to demonstrate his lessons.  It was the most well attended class ever offered at the shelter.  He also taught basic computer skills at the computer center, and helped the men write resumes and apply for jobs and colleges.

Not only did Lloyd dedicate vast amounts of his time, but he also made monetary and in-kind donations.  He made many donations of clothes, televisions, speakers, and other helpful items.  The contribution that he and his family have made to the Veterans Restoration Quarters has assisted so many veterans in such a meaningful and positive way. Lloyd and his endearing generosity and spirit will be tremendously missed.  Due to his contributions in these ways, we have named the sound room in his honor as the Lloyd Weinberg Sound Room.

We at ABCCM mourn the loss of these two incredible people, but rejoice at the legacy that both of them have left.  Their generosity and love will leave a mark on all who are blessed by the opportunities given them through the Liz Rothlein Training Center and the Lloyd Weinberg Sound Room.

The Amazing Holiday Gift

Steadfast House Veteran residents were blessed with an amazing gift this holiday season.  Ladies from the Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society treated our Veterans to a night of laughter, entertainment, and a lot of Jesus at their Christmas Gala. 

One church from this society, led by Carla Tyrance, brought evening gowns and shoes for our ladies to not only wear for the evening, but to keep.  Carla and her team then treated all of our participating residents to glamor makeovers including hair and nails. Finally, Steadfast residents were escorted as honored guests to the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society area wide Christmas Gala. 

12-2017 Womens Home & Missionary Society Photo.jpg

Our Veteran residents who attended the gala told Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Cerda, that they felt loved, accepted, and just part of the group.  Every woman returned to Steadfast House with a big smile and a full heart.

Reverend Scott Rogers was also invited to attend the Gala, and had a great evening seeing Steadfast House residents interact with this loving group of women.  It was a great evening all around!

An added bonus was that Ms. Carla introduced Mrs. Iris Battle, the Society’s Missionary Supervisor, to Steadfast House’s Angela Cantania, Program Director and Heather Cerda, Volunteer Coordinator.  They were able to discuss future ways that the Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society can continue to support our efforts to support the ladies and good work of Steadfast House. All of our staff and residents are excited to be partnering with such a giving, loving group.  We look forward to what God has in store for this new relationship. 

Our Christmas Journey of the Heart

12-2017 Christmas Photo Updated.png

This Christmas, we all journey toward a deeper understanding of God’s Love.  The Scriptures are full of examples of God providing love, such as when He appeared on the mountain top with thunder and lightning; how He fed the Israelites with manna and quail; how His Shekinah Glory filled the temple; how He led with a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.  But, we experience the genius of God’s Love in the Christmas story. 

As we take the Christmas ‘journey of our hearts’ to Bethlehem, we discover something new about ourselves, and about how we choose to reflect His Love.  When we look at a newborn in the manger, or allow ourselves to stop and reflect on how God Loves us through that image – the sounds, smells and feelings around an infant in a manger – then we find our deeper journey, our response, and how we choose to reflect His Love.

Last weekend we heard from so many that it is not Christmas until they, “Go to Bethlehem and see the baby,” (i.e. Return to Bethlehem hosted by Groce UMC).  It is still one of the best representations of how His Love was expressed in the birth of His Son.  Sure, we were all surprised by snow and disappointed to lose two days of crowds, but we were also surprised on Sunday when the sanctuary filled up over and over with those eager to make this  “journey of the heart” by deliberately setting aside time to re-engage in the, “Old, Old Story…”

The question Jesus asked is one of the most powerful, “When did we see you…thirsty, hungry, naked, imprisoned, and sick or a stranger? And…when you did – you did it to me.”  The world wants us to respond, react, and to just express that Love with some thing, some item.  Jesus, instead, wants us to react and respond to His Love that is unconditional and full of His Grace.  He inspires us to embrace Him through meeting one another’s real need.  When we respond to His Love by loving one another, then we continue His journey to bring, “good news and peace on earth.” 

As you read the other stories in this newsletter about God’s Love, I hope you will share them during your Christmas celebrations with your family or friends.  Tell these miracle stories of courage and compassion, of restored lives, and of others embracing their neighbors.

Merry Christmas to all our friends!  Great thanks, as well, to every congregation, volunteer, and business who expresses their gratitude and compassion for their neighbors in their own respective traditions.  This truly helps us all know how much God Loves us, and invites us to Love one another.

Reverend Scott Rogers

Executive Director

Erwin Senior Honors Veterans

IMG_2944.jpg

Erwin High School senior, Isaiah Carver, sponsored a car show on Veterans Day, November 11th from 9-12 at Erwin High School to honor Veterans. Registration was $15 per car and $5 for pedestrian attendees. All proceeds were donated to Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s (ABCCM) Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ).

Carver is fulfilling the requirements of his senior project with this event. His project premise was to prove that it is good for high school seniors to be required to volunteer in the community. Isaiah’s project included spending time with a mentor, researching and writing an eight page thesis and participating in a practical experience to prove his premise.

Isaiah, who has been volunteering at the VRQ says, “Volunteering gives you a sense of responsibility and humility, and you learn what others have gone through.” For ten years young Carver has been volunteering on cook teams at the VRQ. “Because of a sports injury I can’t serve my country in the armed forces. This is how I give back––honoring those who have served for me.”

At the VRQ, individuals, families, and groups from churches, and businesses are welcomed to volunteer. Those serving in the kitchen to prepare and serve meals, are barbers/beauticians or part of other work teams. They are teachers and facilitators, receptionists, data entry clerks, entertainers, and chaplains that listen and offer guidance. “Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” says Reverend Scott Rogers, Executive Director of ABCCM. “Isaiah not only reflects the heart of Christ, but also reflects what it means to be in the body of Christ. Like all our volunteers, Isaiah is using his passion and talents and transforming them into compassion and honor to meet critical needs for our Veterans.”

ABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters offers a comprehensive residential program that addresses every area of restoration in the life of homeless veterans with a goal of restoring personal dignity, faith and strength. In a safe and stable environment, each resident is offered the opportunity to participate in life skill development and educational and training opportunities leading to sustainable employment and housing.

Isaiah Carver was first drawn to volunteering at the VRQ when he was eight. He was invited by a friend to join his family’s cook team. Isaiah has continued to serve on the cook team of Newfound Baptist Church where he is a member. “My grandfather and cousin served in the armed forces, and I have a cousin who died in Iraq. They are why I’m a volunteer at the VRQ. Its important for me to give back,” says Isaiah.

Isaiah’s inspiration for the car show came from his frequent outings with his father. “We go to car shows in Charlotte and most of the local ones. I thought it would be fun to hold a car show on Veteran’s Day to honor our Vets.”

On Thursday, November 16th Isaiah presented ABCCM with $1,200 to benefit the veterans at the VRQ.  Reverend Scott Rogers, Executive Director of ABCCM was proud to receive the gift ."Isaiah is a remarkable young man with a big heart," says Reverend Rogers. "We all thank Isaiah for his service and gift to support our veterans."

The Art of Kneeling

beach-1867017_1920.jpg

The First United Methodist Church in Eden, N.C. has passed its 100th birthday, and is congregated in a beautiful structure built in 1939 by a vibrant and large group of community oriented members. The congregation has aged, and this church faces many future decisions as the group becomes smaller, the building needs preservation, and program management becomes more difficult with the reassignment of the pastor to include two churches. 

This past year my mother became the longest recorded member of this church (who is still living). We speak of her church and the changes weekly because she is concerned. We also talk about the intricacy of the stained glass windows, the long aisles with an overlooking balcony and a beautiful oak altar that is handcrafted to encompass the entire width of the church sanctuary. This altar is the place of baptisms, communions, marriages and funerals, but its main purpose has been for all the occasions that prompted kneeling.  The altar was open at every service for those who wanted to profess their faith, bring a concern for prayer, or for those who fought their battles on their knees. There was a trust that, in kneeling during times of decision making, a door would open for Godly guidance and counsel.  Many times, the minister would leave the pulpit to go and kneel in a prayer for listening and understanding. We were taught that our prayers were not for seeking confirmation, but for a promise of direction and a way to sort out good advice from bad advice while on our knees.  

There are so many decisions in our daily practice at the clinic. This clinic at ABCCM grew out of a community “hope” and has been hard at work in 2017 taking care of patients and paying attention to the changes in healthcare on local and national levels. The Medical Ministry has continued to be a partner in our Community Safety Net and the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Our volunteers have fostered a program of medical practice that welcomes our patients like they are family and considers each patient individually as decisions about their healthcare are made. 

Our volunteer family lost a member this year in the passing of Dr. Stewart Altman who provided in-office surgical services to the clinic patients. Dr. Altman came to the clinic after he unexpectedly relocated to Buncombe County. He had been on a vacation to Asheville when he lost his home to a hurricane in Louisiana and “just decided to stay”.  

In knowing about the clinic and all of the volunteers, it is the hope of the staff that you will continue to include the Medical Ministry as you kneel in prayer: 

  • For energy to keep these services thriving and staffed.
  • For healing for all of our patients and especially those who have received diagnoses that will change or end their lives. 
  • For our volunteers as they care for a group of people who are without funds for medical services.
  • For our community leaders as healthcare decisions are made.
  • For all of ABCCM’s volunteers who reach out with grace, mercy and lovingkindness every day.

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” Isaiah 58: 7-9

Poetry and Trauma

As Steadfast House continues to search for new and innovative ways to serve our women, a different kind of class opportunity came our way: Healing through Poetry.

adult-2178656_1280.jpg

Taught by Mary Ellen Lough, Healing through Poetry allows students to work through trauma with creative writing. According to Mary Ellen, “Poetry allows you your own voice. It allows you to connect the dots between what you think, feel, experience, question, wonder, love, and hate. A poem is a space in which everything belongs. It transforms because it can create beauty from pain. It can help shoulder the weight of what you carry, and allow you to share your story with others, so you don’t have to carry it alone.”

Healing through Poetry is a ten-week course that meets once per week for an hour and a half.  It covers the basics of poetry and teaches mindfulness techniques. In class, students are tasked with writing exercises with varying themes that they are then invited to share.

Darla, a current Steadfast House resident, said that she never had any talent as a writer, but was up for any challenge that leads her to learn about and express herself.  Darla shared, “These writings have allowed me to work through some of these emotions and find some peace within myself. It has given me the realization that I am exactly where I need to be. I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn a new tool to cope and a new avenue for my creativity to flow.”

Healing from trauma can take a multidimensional approach. We are thankful the women of Steadfast House are able to experience such a unique class.

Jasmine's Changed Life

Each week ABCCM’s Jail Ministry volunteers conduct Bible study programs at the Buncombe County Detention Center. These programs are an extension of the local churches in our community. Our volunteers connect with the inmates as they bring a message of hope, forgiveness, and the love of God for each person. That connection extends beyond the county jail. Our volunteers pray for each inmate, not only while they are incarcerated, but after their release.

Chaplains Norm Sanders and Vanessa James meet with inmates individually. They minister to many violent and non-violent offenders as well as inmate families bringing comfort and healing through the message of Jesus Christ. 

Just when you think all hope is lost and nothing is working Jesus shows up through the staff and volunteers of the ABCCM Jail Ministry. That’s just what happened in Jasmine’s life. 

Jasmine grew up in an abusive home. Drug addiction plagued the entire family. Her mother passed away while she was young, and Jasmine’s father spent most of his life in prison. 

Though Jasmine did what she had to do to survive she was trapped in an endless cycle of abuse. By her early 20s, Jasmine had been arrested 15 times and spent time in a state prison and rehab. But nothing changed, and Jasmine lost hope. 

Bible iStock_000001547067Medium.jpg

On her last trip to jail, Jasmine attended a Bible study program. As she participated she noticed something different happening inside of her––hope began to grow. As a result, Jasmine gave her life to Jesus and asked Him to heal her broken life.

Jasmine is now a resident at ABCCM’s Steadfast House where she has completed a 90-day rehab program and is earning college credits to improve her career opportunities. Currently Jasmine is employed in the food service industry and is working hard to make changes in her life. Supported by an ABCCM Jail Ministry volunteer Jasmine continues to grow spiritually attending church weekly. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts I have toward you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”         

A special thanks goes out to Jail Ministry volunteers for their faithfulness to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the inmates at Buncombe County Detention Facility.

#Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday2017.jpg

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with friends and family and expressing gratitude for all that God has provided throughout the year. However, in the days following – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday – it’s easy to lose track of what’s really important during this holiday season. Giving Tuesday is a chance for us to reconnect with our community and share the blessings that we have received this year. 

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

Remember our neighbors in need this November 28th by visiting abccm.org/donate and giving to any of ABCCM’s vital ministries. Rest assured your dollars will go for a good cause. ABCCM dedicates 95% of every dollar raised for programming that gives hope and healing to fellow community members who need a little help staying warm this winter, seeing a doctor, or rebuilding after a tragedy. Your Giving Tuesday gift will make all the difference in someone’s life this holiday season.