Please come out and witness the Christmas story that came true. We will have Return to Bethlehem today, December 10th. We hope and pray to see you at Groce United Methodist Church from 2-6pm.
Your safety is our number one concern, so due to the weather, Return To Bethlehem will be canceled today, Saturday December 9th. We will try again tomorrow. We appreciate all of you who have volunteered to help with the show. We pray that you are safe and warm. God bless you!
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On October 19th Days of Impact volunteers from Biltmore Farms spruced up the ABCCM Medical Clinic landscape. “It was great,” says Maia Price, Volunteer Coordinator for the Medical Clinic. “We had the pros on site!
Days of Impact are volunteer service events that occur twice each year and are coordinated by Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. The program is a two-day event.
These opportunities are an outlet for employees of local businesses to volunteer to strengthen Asheville. By matching participants with service projects focused on education, income, and health, United Way makes our community healthier. Each year hundreds of volunteers from local businesses are coordinated and mobilized to serve across our county.
Biltmore Farms volunteers were the perfect match to meet the ABCCM Medical Clinic needs. About twenty volunteers armed with smiles and yard maintenance equipment arrived early for a fall clean up.
Biltmore Farms was founded by George Vanderbilt. He had a vision to support local businesses and organizations in order to promote a healthy overall community. Vanderbilt understood the impact this would make for all who live in and visit Asheville.
Today Biltmore Farms is still committed to the vision of its founder. Their participation in the Hands On Asheville-Buncombe initiative is just one way Biltmore Farms is stepping up to foster a healthy Asheville.
After mowing, clipping, and pruning at the Medical Clinic it was plain to see that Biltmore Farms is definitely impacting Asheville. The staff, patients and volunteers appreciate the welcoming appearance of the grounds and we send our sincere “Thank You” to Biltmore Farms and United Way.
You can maximize the benefits of your charitable giving this year by donating all or a portion of the required minimum distribution from your IRA to a qualified public charity. If you’re 70.5 years of age or older, you may transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to a charity such as ABCCM while meeting your annual distribution requirements. Even if you don’t itemize your deductions on your taxes, you can still receive considerable tax benefits by donating directly from your IRA under current tax law. Please discuss this option with your tax or financial advisor for details.
If you’re not over 70.5 years of age there are still many ways to contribute financially to ABCCM’s mission before the end of the year. Consider the following options––
- Donating Stock
- Workplace Giving – Many workplaces offer ways to give, like gift-matching or a giving campaign:
- Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #31651)
- State Employee Combined Campaign (SECC #1532)
- Shopping AmazonSmile or Local Businesses – Throughout the year, ABCCM is sponsored by local businesses that donate a portion of their sales to our mission.
Credit or debit card donations can be made online at abccm.org.
Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!
ABCCM’s Christmas Angel Program will be holding enrollment at the four Crisis Ministry locations November 20th – 23rd during each site’s regular hours. Cumberland Crisis Ministry at 24 Cumberland Avenue, South Crisis Ministry at 10 Buck Shoals Rd, and Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry at 1914 Smokey Park Hwy are open M-F from 8:30-4:30. North Samaritan Crisis Ministry at 403 Weaverville Hwy is open M-F from 10:00-2:00.
Enrollment will be for families with crisis needs––those struggling with enough income for the basic necessities such as food, housing, clothing, and utilities. Through the Christmas Angel program ABCCM provides Christmas presents via our four Crisis Ministries, our families at the Steadfast House, and our Veteran families through Supportive Services for Veteran Families.
Parents will apply in person during the three days enrollment from November 20th-23rd to access eligibility. All enrollees will be counseled in person on the day of enrollment or receive a call back to determine eligibility.
Christmas Angel is also seeking sponsors to make Christmas brighter for families in crisis. You can participate by providing presents for the children in a family, making a donation, bringing in new, unwrapped toys or items, or by being a volunteer. Contact Brad Owen at email@example.com or 828-259-5300 to become a Christmas Angel sponsor or a volunteer.
Cars and trucks of all makes and models were on display at the 8th annual Mountain Classic Car Show Saturday, October 21st, from 10 am to 2 pm. The show is held annually at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ), 1329 Tunnel Road in East Asheville. Along with the VRQ, the event supports Steadfast House, ABCCM’s shelter for women and children. It will also help ABCCM’s Crisis and Medical ministries.
“We had quality cars and everybody had a great time,” smiled Ed Gore, ABCCM Classic Car Show Chairman. “The highlight for me was the awards ceremony. We had custom laser cut trophies that everyone loved and it was very special recognizing and honoring 140 veterans, standing shoulder to shoulder, from all branches of the armed forces.”
“Ed Gore has volunteered for eight years to organize the Mountain Classic Car Show in support of our veterans restoration programs,” says Brad Owen, ABCCM Events Director. “He’s an amazing guy with a big heart.”
Ed laughs when he remembers that the first show had 20 entries. This year over 120 cars filled the parking lot around the VRQ.
The event was open to the public. Spectators and participants enjoyed lunch from Smokey and the Pig BBQ and the fantastic music of Dashboard Blue. Miles RV Center and Blossman Gas were the lead sponsors for the car show this year. The silent auction included a painting donated by one of the VRQ resident veterans.
“I come every year,” said Earl Bradshaw. “These are good people and a good cause.”
“The Mountain Classic Car Show is just an example of how volunteers have fun and leave a lasting impact on our community,” says Brad Owen. “We have lots more opportunities for folks to get involved.” For information about these volunteer opportunities contact Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-259-5300.
Michael Koon, a Veterans Restoration Quarters resident and Army veteran, was recently recognized for accumulating 17,500 volunteer hours at the Charles George VA Medical Center. The award he recieved is just one of many accolades Koon has earned for his service to the the VA, including being named the 2011 Volunteer of the Year and honors for volunteering 7,500 hours, 8,750 hours, 12,000 hours, 14,400 hours and 15,000 hours. In 2015 he was recognized for his 45 years of service.
His volunteer responsibilities have included taking patients back and forth from their rooms to therapy sessions, delivering paperwork around the hospital and dropping off specimens at the lab.
“I felt like I wanted to give something back, so I decided to volunteer,” said Koon, who served in the Vietnam War. “One of the things that’s nice about being a volunteer is that you make everyone feel good. Volunteering has kept me out of trouble and kept me from doing some things I was doing.”
ABCCM is so proud of Michael Koon and all our veterans! We can't wait to congratulate him on his next volunteer milestone!
Like many Florida residents, Wren and her family had lived through hurricanes. Many times, they rode out the storms in their rented home in the central Florida town of Ocala.
However, the Hurricane Irma forecasts last week felt different than previous storms. This time, Wren sensed the family would have to evacuate. She packed up her grown daughter and teenaged son, along with two young granddaughters, and they drove north.
It’s a good thing they did leave, because after the storm cleared Wren learned from her landlord that trees had fallen on the mobile home, and there was nothing left of it. There was nothing for the family to return to in Florida.
ABCCM was there to help Wren and her family at this desperate time.
As the family drove out of Florida, Wren – a history buff with an interest in geography – looked at maps to determine where they ought to go. She noticed Western North Carolina seemed protected by the mountains and it was likely the hurricane would be much weakened when it arrived. Wren and her family started to call social service agencies and were guided to Camp Cedar Cliff in Asheville for emergency shelter.
They stayed there several nights along with other evacuees, and were able to take their minds off the devastation with activities such as archery and ziplining. But when Wren learned her home had been destroyed, she was unsure where to go for help. She was directed to ABCCM and called the Crisis Ministry. Sheryl Olsen, the Crisis Ministry director, asked Wren to come meet with an ABCCM volunteer counselor to assess the family’s needs.
Although Wren knows that affordable housing is tight in Asheville, the family has decided to stay in Buncombe County for the time being, and is considering making it their new home. Sheryl gave Wren a comprehensive list of housing opportunities along with a quiet office in which to make phone calls to landlords and property managers, and some toys for her granddaughters. The Crisis Ministry also provided Wren and her family several nights in a local motel. The family also received food and clothing. Although they are still searching for a place to live, Wren is grateful that ABCCM has been standing alongside her and her family during this time.
“I’m worried about what to do next and what our future is, but I do feel like there is hope,” said Wren, who is already eager to find a church with an active youth group for her son. “I met with a counselor who was great. I met with the staff, who was great. We can see that it’s hard to get into places to live, but I know ABCCM is working as hard as they can to help us.”
Do you know of anyone who can help this family with an affordable housing option? If so, email email@example.com to contact the Crisis Ministry.
ABCCM was blessed on Tuesday, Sept. 12, to serve alongside our friends from New Life Church of Asheville as they provided breakfast to 250 Florida residents who evacuated their homes to escape Hurricane Irma. Camp Cedar Cliff at The Cove had graciously opened for the families to stay during the worst of the storm and the aftermath. Reverend Rick Schilling, ABCCM's ministry development officer, and Reverend Caleb Bradshaw, ABCCM's community outreach coordinator and himself a New Life Church member, joined others from New Life for the pancake breakfast.
There were plenty of leftovers, which New Life Church didn't want to see go to waste. Reverend Bradshaw transported the leftover breakfast to ABCCM's Veterans Restoration Quarters to be served later that day. Thank you New Life and The Cove for sharing this opportunity to serve and your support of our own ministry!
A message to church leaders from Reverend Scott Rogers, ABCCM's executive director:
With Hurricane Irma breathing down our necks and the great compassion of our congregations who want to wrap their arms and resources around their neighbors, ABCCM has received a number of calls about what the City/County emergency plans are and asking: HOW CAN WE HELP?
ABCCM is tied in closely with the County FEMA Director, Jerry VeHaun, who is in charge of managing the City/County resources for opening emergency shelters. If he decides that we have stranded travelers from the impacted states or displaced homes locally from flooding, then he will decide where, when and how many emergency shelters to open. He will work initially with the Red Cross to open these emergency shelters in pre-determined schools and/or church gymnasiums that already have cots and food staged to meet needs. Jerry or the Red Cross will then get in touch with me at ABCCM and/or other agencies to draw on resources that we have committed to him.
ABCCM will join other shelter providers in declaring Sunday night and Monday a “Code Purple” and activate our vans to pick up homeless persons who are most at risk during the storms. We will allow them to stay 24 hours a day at the Veterans Restoration Quarters and Steadfast House for the two- or three-day duration of this event. It will cost ABCCM about $25 per person each night that we do this. For example, 40 people will cost $1,000 that has not been anticipated for food, toiletries, water, extra staffing, etc.
ABCCM’s Crisis Ministries that are downtown and around the county will be fielding requests from stranded families for financial emergency assistance. This could be help with gasoline, or an overnight stay in a motel, fixing a car, etc. We will have clothes, blankets and shoes, as needed.
What can churches do to help? First, consider taking up a love offering for ABCCM to help cover the many unexpected costs which both homeless facilities and our four Crisis Ministries will incur. Second, collect food, blankets and clothes that can be taken to any of these sites to meet the needs of our neighbors. Third, contact volunteer coordinators at any of these locations to help with intake, cook teams, counselors, to be faithful friends. New volunteers will be trained and plugged in to help around these ministries.
You may call ABCCM’s main number at 259-5300 and we will connect you with the ministry director or volunteer coordinator of your choice. You may also go to ABCCM’s website: abccm.org – and click on the ministry to what to support and find the volunteer coordinator’s or program director’s name and phone number to connect directly with them. Lastly, please pray for a glancing blow from these hurricanes so that we might be best equipped to meet the needs of those impacted by these storms.
In His service,
Reverend Scott Rogers
When did we see You, Lord – and feed or clothe You, or care for You? When did we visit You or welcome You in ... ?
Many did just that on Friday, Aug. 25! The final tally for our Transformation Celebration Benefit was $221,798, which will provide food, clothes, medical care and medicine, visitation and Bible studies in the jail, and transitional housing for women, children and Veterans!
The Transformation Celebration Benefit will continue to impact hundreds of lives by equipping and empowering homeless women and moms with children. We saw and heard in a moving video the amazing story of Jessica, who had the courage to share how Christ found her in jail. Upon release, she wanted to avoid triggers from her past; so she went to a local halfway house and then was blessed to move in to Steadfast House. ABCCM’s Medical Ministry brought her health, as it does for so many in our community. The Crisis Ministry helped with furniture when she moved in to her new home.
Volunteers kept encouraging her in Bible study at her new church home. Volunteers offered life skills training. A volunteer opened the door for her to get a job, and she now works in a supervisory role at three motels. She has inspiration in her church and a solid family. Now she gives back as a volunteer in the Jail Ministry and on our Steadfast House-Transformation Village Advisory Committee.
One auction gift resulted in two cars being given away: one to a Veteran and one to a mom and her child. They will drive to their new jobs and find homes they can afford, near their jobs. We are praising God with them!
We celebrated a delightful evening with great food provided by local restaurants and from local suppliers. The room was elegant and many community leaders and other volunteers enjoyed finding special treasures given by almost 200 generous donors. The evening was topped off by an amazing musical group: Jett Edwards and the Believers.
Whether you were present, or not, you can be a part of transforming lives. Please be an ambassador for ABCCM to spread the word about how many lives are transformed each and every day. Let others know what volunteers say when they serve: not only are lives transformed with a hand up, but their own lives are changed too. Last Friday, new sets of keys were put in ABCCM volunteer hands: to open a car door, to open a door to a new home, a new education, and open a heart to embrace a new future. Please keep us in your prayers.
Each day our Steadfast House volunteers and staff see the impact that caring, consistent adults can have on a child who has experienced trauma in his or her young life. Volunteers who lead structured play tell us children become more open and comfortable when they see familiar faces in the playroom. Staff case managers witness changes in the children as their mothers become more confident in their own transformation, and therefore, more caring and consistent with their children.
A new program at Steadfast House will take a structured approach through play and learning in order to mitigate the effects of trauma. The Steadfast Partners Program, which will start with a day-long training session on Saturday, Sept. 23, is seeking volunteers who can commit for six months to be consciously paired with a child in the program with whom they will be a supportive, caring, encouraging, patient, safe and consistent partner each week.
The goals of the Steadfast Partners Program include:
• Providing a safe space for children to play, learn, grow, build self-esteem and be encouraged by caring adults.
• Helping mitigate the effects of trauma by helping children develop healthy responses and tools for dealing effectively with trauma and trauma-related stress.
• Promoting community awareness and understanding of how to identify and positively respond to trauma-influenced behaviors in children.
• Partnering with parents to set goals for their child’s participation, giving the parent an opportunity to advocate for, learn about and celebrate with their child.
Volunteers will eat dinner with their child’s family each week and will be responsible for leading group and one-on-one activities with their child. Volunteers will be expected to review the program curriculum in advance each week to revise/supplement activities as needed to fit their child’s individual needs. Please note that volunteers for this role must be able to commit to the program two hours a week for a minimum of six months.
Continuing education trainings and workshops are held periodically and some may be mandatory.
Interested volunteers should fill out a volunteer application, which can be found online at https://abccm.volunteerhub.com/userregistrationwizard/usernamepassword. All program volunteers must consent to a background check, attend an in-person interview, and complete our two-part volunteer orientation and training session. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
Volunteer orientation and training sessions are held at ABCCM’s Servant Leadership Center located at 20 Twentieth Street, Asheville, NC.
Can you be a caring, consistent adult for a child? Call (828) 398-6985 for more information about the program and training session on Sept. 23.