ABCCM Expands Veterans Services of the Carolinas with NCServes - Western Network

 ABCCM announced on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, a major expansion of its Veteran Services of the Carolinas ministry with the launch of NCServes - Western, a coordinated network to provide support and information for veterans, active service members and their families in 12 Western North Carolina counties to more than 40 agencies and providers. The network launch was announced during an event at A-B Tech, which is one of ABCCM’s network partners.

The new network will connect veterans with services in areas including health care, housing, education, job training, and legal and financial counseling. NCServes - Western is funded by a two-year, $450,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

The NCServes - Western network, which is part of the national AmericaServes network administered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, joins 12 AmericaServes networks across the US currently. It serves as a coordinated network of public, private and nonprofit organizations working together to provide veterans, service members and their families access to services in a timely and efficient manner. Through a technology platform, NCServes - Western and its partner network guides veterans, service members and their families to the most appropriate services and resources available.

The Western network is the fourth in the state of North Carolina and extends coverage from the coastal region in the eastern part of the state to the mountains in the west, making North Carolina the most widely covered state in the nation. The Western North Carolina coverage area consists of the following counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey.

ABCCM’s Veterans Services of the Carolinas (VSC) will handle the day-to-day management of NCServes - Western. Since 2002 VSC has administered education and employment training with job placement, housing and homeless prevention programs for veterans in 26 Western North Carolina counties. ABCCM is already part of the Charlotte-based NCServes - Metrolina network. While in the past the VSC’s focus has been on homeless veterans, NCServes - Western refocuses these efforts on connecting, equipping and empowering any veteran with a variety of opportunities.

“ABCCM, comprised of hundreds of local congregations and thousands of volunteers serving more than 40,000 people each year, has a national reputation for service to the Asheville community and especially to veterans throughout WNC,” said IVMF Managing Director Jim McDonough. “As we continue to fill gaps for those underserved through enhanced coordination of care and extend this first-of-its kind community network across an entire state, having ‘boots-on-the-ground’ servant-leaders like Scott and his team was a must.”

“North Carolina is fortunate to have NCServes and especially ABCCM Executive Director Reverend Scott Rogers and the compassionate team at ABCCM’s Veterans Services of the Carolinas leading this local initiative,” said Ilario Pantano, IVMF senior director for programs and services. “I had the privilege to work with Scott for three years as the former director of veterans affairs for the state of North Carolina, and there is no one doing more for veterans anywhere in the country.”

“ABCCM is honored to serve veterans and military members and their families in Western North Carolina. We are thrilled to be working with visionary leaders such as retired General Jim McDonough and Ilario Pantano to extend this vital network across North Carolina,” Rogers said. “Our team, including VSC Director John Rakes and NCServes - Western Network Director Brandon Wilson, is building a strong network of providers to give our veterans and active service military families powerful tools to overcome barriers and achieve their goals in life.”

NCServes - Western is currently onboarding agencies and providers into the network through training and empowerment with technology tools.

Active duty, National Guard, Reserve Service members as well as veterans and their families who reside in the Western North Carolina region are eligible for support from the network. All individuals who have served in the military regardless of age, era, branch or discharge status are eligible for support from the coordination center. Although some services have limiting eligibility criteria, network care coordinators strive to find an appropriate local resource. NCServes-Western expects to eventually have participation from 40-50 providers.

With over 40,000 veteran organizations in the country offering medical, financial, employment, housing and other services, finding and accessing services has become the number one self-reported issue for veterans and their families, according to a recent Blue Star Families survey. IVMF’s AmericaServes’ networks solve this problem by bringing together a wide range of vetted, service providers. Veterans and their families work through the local NCServes coordination center to identify what they need, and the center matches them with service providers. Using HIPPA-compliant technology, each case is monitored to ensure people’s needs are met.

ABCCM’s other services for veterans include the Veterans Restoration Quarters for homeless male veterans and Steadfast House for homeless women, including female veterans, and their children. Both facilities are transitional housing programs that provide residents with basic necessities, access to the VA and case management support that leads to jobs in living-wage careers, stable housing and self-sufficiency.

Veterans, military members and families in need of assistance or more information should go to western.americaserves.org or call 1-855-WNC-VETS (1-855-962-8387).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transformation Village Has Broken Ground!

We're excited to announce that on Thursday, June 29, ABCCM broke ground on Transformation Village, ABCCM's vision to end homelessness in our community. This transitional housing initiative will triple our capacity to house homeless women and children.

Transformation Village is a building project that will transform the landscape of homelessness in Buncombe County and allow hundreds of women and children to move from hopelessness to self-sufficiency. When complete, Transformation Village will be one of the largest emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing facilities in North Carolina.

Nearly 80 members of the community, including clergy and volunteers from ABCCM churches; legislative, government and community representatives; builders, architects and subcontractors; ABCCM volunteers, board members and advisory committee members; donors to the Transformation Village capital campaign; staff and others attended the groundbreaking at the 24-acre site, which ABCCM purchased in 2015 and is located at 45 Rocky Ridge Road near the Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road.

“Thanks to our churches, our volunteers and all of you who are sharing your strength to solve a major community problem,” said Reverend Scott Rogers, ABCCM’s executive director.

“Our goal is to end homelessness in the Asheville area,” said Bob Rogers, an ABCCM board member and chairman of the Transformation Village capital campaign. “This is a huge step in making that happen. Once we Transformation Village complete, we think we can end homelessness in the entire area on a permanent basis because of the training and the programs that we have in place.”

To date ABCCM has raised nearly $4 million towards the Transformation Village project’s $7.5 million goal for Phase I. Funding is in place to build the project.

Transformation Village – a transitional living facility named by Steadfast House residents in 2011 in recognition of the transformative impact it will have on the lives of its residents and the community as a whole – is ABCCM’s vision to end homelessness for women, children and families. It will provide homeless individuals and families with a safe and secure living space, along with the skills they need to take steps to successfully move on with stable income and in their own home.

The facility will eventually replace ABCCM’s Steadfast House, which has a waiting list of more than 300 women and children. Steadfast House is a 43-bed transitional living facility for homeless women and children, including 10 beds for female veterans, all of whom will move to Transformation Village when it opens.

Phase I of the project includes the construction of a 43,000 square foot community center that will include 33 short-term apartments with a total of 90 beds. In addition, the community center will feature a central kitchen, dining area, training classrooms and client intake offices. Construction of 20 modular two-bedroom apartments will be done concurrently. Phase I is expected to be complete in Fall 2018. At that time Steadfast House will transfer operations to Transformation Village and residents will move into the new apartments. Phase II will create neighborhoods across the site to provide transitional, supportive housing to groups such as mother, single fathers, intact families, survivors of domestic violence and female veterans.

Transformation Village will also include outdoor green space with play areas for children and an indoor educational playroom.

Once open, residents of Transformation Village will receive the same education and training opportunities, life-skills classes, case management support to move to self-sustainability and permanent housing, and basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter as current residents of Steadfast House do.

Transformation Village will mirror ABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters (VRQ), a 248-bed transitional living facility for homeless male veterans. The VRQ opened in 2008.

Preliminary site development including tree removal, land grading and the creation of a service road has been completed. ABCCM has issued the contract to install sewer lines and all required pre-construction inspections and permits have been completed.

According to numbers recently released by the City of Asheville, there was a 10 percent increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in 2017. The national Point-in-Time count, which is conducted at the end of January each year and is led by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development office, found 562 people experiencing homelessness, compared to 509 in 2016.

“We have been so pleased with the work that ABCCM has done in the city for years in many different areas and this is a really big kicker,” said Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell. “From seven years on council, working toward affordable housing and working toward ending homelessness, it’s monumental task and it takes the whole community together. I’m really excited about this project, speaking for the mayor and other council members as well. This is important.”

Other speakers included Cindy Messer of A-B Tech’s Workforce Continuing Education; Jessica Stavish of Genesis Alliance and the Kiwanis Club; ABCCM board members Reverend Gerald Davis, Julie Singleton and Reverend Calvin Hailstock; Angela Catania, the director of Steadfast House and eventually Transformation Village; and Sheila Price, a veteran who spoke movingly of the transformation she has undergone while a resident of Steadfast House.

 

Congratulations Chef Cox and Rachel Wilson!

Congratulations to Chef Eric Cox, ABCCM's director of food service operations, and Rachel Wilson, a case manager with our Veterans Services of the Carolinas ministry!

Chef Cox, who is an instructor in A-B Tech's culinary program, was recently named the school's Continuing Educator of the Year and was recognized at A-B Tech's graduation ceremony in May. Chef Cox teaches his culinary courses at the VRQ and many of his students are VRQ and Steadfast House residents, including both veteran and civilian men and women.

Rachel works closely with Chef Cox to help veterans succeed in the culinary course and gain living-wage jobs in Asheville's busy culinary industry. She and the culinary program were profiled in a spotlight article in a National Veterans Technical Assistance Center newsletter. Thanks to the dedication of these staff members, the program's job placement rate is nearly 100 percent.

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Work with Volunteers at Steadfast House!
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Do you have a heart for women and children? Do you want to make a difference for our veterans? Do you want to help create opportunities for volunteers to serve? ABCCM is seeking a volunteer coordinator for Steadfast House, our 43-bed transitional living facility where women, including female veterans, and children transform their lives to move from homelessness to self-sustainability. Click here to read about the position and how to apply.


Honoring Our Veterans

May is National Military Appreciation Month! Read below to hear from three veterans about how ABCCM's programs such as Veterans Services of the Carolinas, Steadfast House and the Veterans Restoration Quarters make a difference in our community and region.

Monique's Story

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Air Force veteran Monique was homeless and without a job when she started worked with ABCCM's Veterans Services of the Carolinas. She eventually got a job offer that allowed her to secure permanent housing - but without reliable transportation, she was still stuck. Click here to learn more about how ABCCM and community organizations came together to help this veteran. 

Toby's Story

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Veterans Restoration Quarters resident Toby was recently named the recipient of the academic achievement award in A-B Tech's hospitality management program. Click here to read more about how far this U.S. Navy veteran has come during his time at the VRQ! 

Darla's Story

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Darla, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, has been homelessis working as part of a jobs program, and was also recently the recipient of a new-to-her car! Click here to read more about how she is transforming her life through our programs.


Transforming a Building

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We know volunteers can transform the lives of the men, women and children that ABCCM serves every day. Volunteers can also transform a building! Click here to read about how a group of volunteers performed crucial maintenance work at ABCCM's South Crisis Ministry center in Arden. 
 


Help Support ABCCM's
Transformation Celebration Fundraiser!

Friday, Aug. 25 - Asheville Event Centre

Planning has begun for the 2017 Transformation Celebration Auction, and we need your support to make it another successful event!

Would you (or your church, business or group) consider:
  • Donating an item or service for the auction
  • Becoming an event sponsor to showcase your community support
  • Gathering a few friends to sponsor a table
All proceeds fund ABCCM's programs for the homeless, hunger, sick and incarcerated in our community! Contact Terri Bowman at terri.bowman@abccm.org or call 828-259-5326 for more information.
 
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General Assembly

Tuesday, May 23
6 p.m.
Arden Presbyterian
2215 Hendersonville Road, Arden
For more information or to RSVP:

kisha.blount@abccm.org


Operation Inasmuch United

May 12-21
Various locations
Get involved! Email
rick.schilling@abccm.org for more information.


South Crisis Ministry Yard Sale

Saturday, May 20
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 Buck Shoals Road, Arden
Furniture, electronics, home decor items, clothes, accessories and much more!
All proceeds benefit ABCCM's Crisis Ministry

 

Fourth of July Veterans Benefit

Tuesday, July 4
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Asheville Tourists
McCormick Field

Click here for more information


Pancake Breakfast Benefit

Saturday, July 8
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Fatz Cafe
$7 tickets available at the door
All proceeds benefit ABCCM's Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry Center

Click for more information


Needs

Food  - Help us fill the  pantry shelves of our four Crisis Ministries – Steadfast House and Veterans' Restoration Quarters.
There is always a need for basic staples like flour, sugar, oils; peanut butter, but there is also need for solid protein with canned meats like chicken, ham, pork, tuna or fish.  

Household Items  We help people who have gotten on their feet with a good job and  housing as they leave Steadfast House and the Veterans Restoration Quarters  as they set up their new home.  They always need household items like, dishes, pots and pans, flatware, linens. We need tables and chairs, chests of drawers, beds – so they have something to eat on, sleep on and sit on. 

Please take smaller items to one of our
four Crisis Ministries or the Veterans Restoration Quarters.

Call 828.259.5323 for more information.

Medical Ministry   We need volunteers who can be organizers.  We are so blessed that we receive so many left over medical supplies – from bandages to glucometers to blood pressure machines to hard equipment like shower chairs, walkers and wheelchairs. 
We need organizers who would give some time, three hours once a week or three hours once a month to help organize and store these materials so they can be easily distributed to the hundreds we see each month. 
Of course, there is always a space for physicians, nurses, dentists and assistants, pharmacists and techs
along with administrative volunteers
Call Maia at 828.259.5339.


Volunteers Needed!

We have many opportunities available and  heartedly invite  you come and work with us in serving our neighbors in need.  Individuals, families, church groups, businesses, groups of friends .... all are welcome!  

We need all talents and skills -  especially those who would like to be on a planning committee for any upcoming events!  Also, we are currently seeking volunteers who have experience in fundraising and marketing.  


Please click here for more information      on the volunteer opportunities available.


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Make a Difference...
Make a Donation

If you would like to make a donation - whether it be $5 or $5,000 there are a few
different ways:


Mail a check to:
ABCCM 
20 Twentieth Street
Asheville, NC 28806

Click here to donate online
or

Call  828-259-5300 to make
donation by phone


Our Ministry

For more information about all of the work we are doing in Asheville, Buncombe County 
and western North Carolina (SSVF) 
please click the links below!

Crisis Ministry

Jail Ministry

Medical Ministry

Steadfast House

(women and children)

Veterans Restoration Quarters

Veterans Services of the Carolinas


Our 'Shepherding Pastors' are always hard at work offering tours of ABCCM to the clergy and identifying church representatives for the General Assembly.  Representatives serve our church membership through recruiting volunteers, supplying resources, and supporting our mission in caring for our neighbors in need.

If you are a newly appointed representative or need to reconnect, please plan to join us at  the General Assembly meeting for a lovely meal and informative meeting on how we are providing outreach and vital services to our neighbors in need.  See current information at the top of this blue bar.

 

Tel: (828) 259-5300
Fax: (828) 259-5323
Address: 20 Twentieth Street
Asheville, NC 28806

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Doing Good for Our Soles!

We were thrilled to receive a donation of boat shoes from The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine and BANGS Shoes, an Asheville-based company that has the vision of providing footwear to cultivate a meaningful community with lasting impact. The shoes were donated to the Veterans Restoration Quarters and Steadfast House, where they will be perfect summer shoes for the homeless male veterans at the VRQ and the homeless women, including female veterans, and children at Steadfast. The fact that they're slip-ons is really important for our veteran residents who have disabilities.

Do you have or know of a business that wants to make an impact in our community? We'd love to hear from you! Email info@abccm.org or call (828) 259-5300. 

Join us for Blessing of the Bikes

Rain showers, flowers, and the roar of motorcycle engines - all signs of spring! Start off the riding season right and join us for the annual Blessing of the Bikes on Saturday, April 29. We'll be at Harley-Davidson of Asheville (20 Patton Cove Road in Swannanoa) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

But it's not all about blessing bikes ... you can provide a blessing in return! We're collecting new packages of men's and women's underwear for the residents of the Veterans Restoration Quarters and Steadfast House.

We'll have live music from the Knuckleheads, food for purchase, and more. See you there!

Sunny Point Cafe Supporting ABCCM in March!

Sunny Point Cafe is one of the top dining destinations in Asheville, and for the month of March this wonderful restaurant will match 20 percent of donations collected up to a total amount of $1,000. Sunny Point is usually ranked in the top 5 of restaurants in Asheville on TripAdvisor.com, so check them out for delicious brunch, lunch or dinner! Sunny Point is located at 626 Haywood Road in West Asheville.

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Celebrating Love in February

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Do you feel the tug of love? We all need to honor the love of those around us; and the love of those we depend on the most. Reverend Scott Rogers, ABCCM's executive director, shares images of love from around the ministry. Click here for more from Reverend Rogers.


ABCCM Servant Leadership Center
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ABCCM's new administrative offices are now open to the public and will serve as a space for not only business, but a place to meet the needs of our neighbors. Read more about the new space.

Car donations transform lives!

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A donation of funds for two vehicles have a huge impact of the lives of a Steadfast House resident and her child, and a U.S. Navy veteran living at the Veterans Restoration Quarters. How can you help transform a life?


Golf Tournament -- sponsor or playFB-golf
 

Do you love to play golf? Join ABCCM on Thursday, April 27 for the 33rd Mountain Classic Golf Tournament at Etowah Golf & Resort. All proceeds go to our programs for the hungry, homeless, sick and incarcerated. Click here to register online or email ABCCM Special Events Director Terri Bowman at terri.bowman@abccm.org to learn how you can support ABCCM through sponsorships.
Not a golfer? We need volunteers to help on the day of the event! Email Terri Bowman to learn more.

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Ace in the Hole Sponsor

Join us at Sunny Point to support ABCCM!

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ABCCM is Sunny Point Cafe's Charity of the Month for March! For the month of March, the restaurant will leave envelopes on each table for cash or check donations. Sunny Point will match the final number up to $1,000! Sunny Point is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Sunny Point is located at 626 Haywood Road in West Asheville.

Ranked No. 3 of 771 on TripAdvisor of  places to eat in Asheville!

 

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General Assembly

Tuesday, March 28
6 p.m.
Bent Creek Baptist Church
1554 Brevard Road, Asheville
For more information or to RSVP:
kisha.blount@abccm.org


Pancake Breakfast Benefit

Saturday, March 25
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Fatz Cafe
5 Spartan Avenue, Asheville

$7 per person, benefits ABCCM's Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry


3rd Mountain Classic Golf Benefit

Thursday, April 27
1 p.m. start
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort
470 Brickyard Road, Etowah
All proceeds benefit
ABCCM programs
Click here to register a team or sponsor the tournament


Operation InAsMuch United

May 12-21
Various locations
Get involved! Email rick.schilling@abccm.org for more information.


Needs

Food  - Help us fill the  pantry shelves of our four Crisis Ministries – Steadfast House and Veterans' Restoration Quarters.
There is always a need for basic staples like flour, sugar, oils; peanut butter, but there is also need for solid protein with canned meats like chicken, ham, pork, tuna or fish.  

Household Items  We help people who have gotten on their feet with a good job and  housing as they leave Steadfast House and the Veterans Restoration Quarters  as they set up their new home.  They always need household items like, dishes, pots and pans, flatware, linens. We need tables and chairs, chests of drawers, beds – so they have something to eat on, sleep on and sit on. 

Please take smaller items to one of our
four Crisis Ministries or the Veterans Restoration Quarters.

Call 828.259.5323 for more information.

Medical Ministry   We need volunteers who can be organizers.  We are so blessed that we receive so many left over medical supplies – from bandages to glucometers to blood pressure machines to hard equipment like shower chairs, walkers and wheelchairs. 
We need organizers who would give some time, three hours once a week or three hours once a month to help organize and store these materials so they can be easily distributed to the hundreds we see each month. 
Of course, there is always a space for physicians, nurses, dentists and assistants, pharmacists and techs
along with administrative volunteers
Call Maia at 828.259.5339.


Volunteers Needed!

We have many opportunities available and  heartedly invite  you come and work with us in serving our neighbors in need.  Individuals, families, church groups, businesses, groups of friends .... all are welcome!  

We need all talents and skills -  especially those who would like to be on a planning committee for any upcoming events!  Also, we are currently seeking volunteers who have experience in fundraising and marketing.  

Please click here for more information      on the volunteer opportunities available.


donate.red.button

Make a Difference...
Make a Donation

If you would like to make a donation - whether it be $5 or $5,000 there are a few
different ways:


Mail a check to:
ABCCM 
20 Twentieth Street
Asheville, NC 28806

Click here to donate online
or

Call  828-259-5300 to make
donation by phone


Our Ministry

For more information about all of the work we are doing in Asheville, Buncombe County 
and western North Carolina (SSVF) 
please click the links below!

Crisis Ministry

Jail Ministry

Medical Ministry

Steadfast House

(women and children)

Veterans Restoration Quarters

Veterans Services of the Carolinas


Our 'Shepherding Pastors' are always hard at work offering tours of ABCCM to the clergy and identifying church representatives for the General Assembly.  Representatives serve our church membership through recruiting volunteers, supplying resources, and supporting our mission in caring for our neighbors in need.

If you are a newly appointed representative or need to reconnect, please plan to join us at  the General Assembly meeting for a lovely meal and informative meeting on how we are providing outreach and vital services to our neighbors in need.  See current information at the top of this blue bar.

 

Tel: (828) 259-5300
Fax: (828) 259-5323
Address: 20 Twentieth Street
Asheville, NC 28806

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Reeve Foundation Supports VRQ Accessibility Project

ABCCM is proud to announce that we've received an $8,400 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation! The award will support our efforts to make the Veterans Restoration Quarters more accessible for disabled veterans. We are grateful to the Reeve Foundation for their support of this important project. More information will follow this year as we renovate bathrooms in two rooms at the VRQ.

Click here to read the announcement from the Reeve Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

A-B Tech Student Project to Bring National Attention to the VRQ!


A-B Tech’s chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda club recently won a statewide award for a volunteer service project for ABCCM's Veterans Restoration Quarters, and in a few weeks members of the club will take the project to the national level!

The club members did a schoolwide donation drive, during which they collected items such as men’s multi-vitamins, razors, spray air freshener, shaving cream and socks – all needed items for the nearly 250 veterans who live at the VRQ while they are moving to self-sustainability.  A-B Tech students, faculty and staff came through with items, and the collected donations were presented to the VRQ on March 17. The club compiled a presentation about the donation drive, which club members Darinda Noah and Angela Lore shared at the PBL State Leadership Conference in April. The project was named the top Community Service Project for the state, and will be presented in June at the PBL national conference in Anaheim, Calif.

“Veterans are a big part of the culture at A-B Tech,” Darinda Noah said. “We will do our best to win [at the national level], and in so doing – shine a light on the VRQ on a national stage.”

The club enjoyed their experience so much that they plan to return to the VRQ to serve as a cook team in order to interact with the veterans. We are so blessed for the support from the A-B Tech community!

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Thank you Publix!

Reverend Scott Rogers, ABCCM's executive director (second from right) accepts a donation from Publix Super Markets Charities along with (left to right) David Yancy, grocery manager; Danielle Meyer, assistant customer service manager; David Jenkins, store manager; and Josh Surles, produce manager.

Reverend Scott Rogers, ABCCM's executive director (second from right) accepts a donation from Publix Super Markets Charities along with (left to right) David Yancy, grocery manager; Danielle Meyer, assistant customer service manager; David Jenkins, store manager; and Josh Surles, produce manager.

ABCCM has received a $20,000 donation from the Publix Super Markets Charities to support our efforts to feed the hungry in Buncombe County! We are so appreciative of the contributions of the community partners that help us serve our neighbors in need.