VETERANS' RESTORATION QUARTERS
Our mission is to create a principle-based environment and comprehensive residential program that addresses every area of restoration in the life of a homeless veteran.
At ABCCM's Veterans' Restoration Quarters (VRQ), our mission is to create a principle-based environment and comprehensive residential program that addresses every area of restoration in the life of a homeless veteran.* We work to provide each man with stability, personal skill building, educational and training opportunities leading to employment and housing along with the restoration of personal dignity, faith and strength.
Our ministry accomplishes its mission through the diligent and compassionate efforts of trained staff, volunteers and community partners. Over 240 men reside nightly on the VRQ campus, a former 125 room motel. Our veterans are provided housing, meals, case management services, counseling, laundry facilities, a computer lab, chapel and transportation to VA Medical Center appointments. Every effort is made to provide each man with the tools, direction and encouragement needed to arrive at genuine success and full restoration.
The VRQ serves only men, but women are given the same opportunities at the Steadfast House for women and children.
1329 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 259-5333 (P) | (828) 398-6609 (Veterans' Intake Line) | (828) 298-7486 (F)
Tim McElyea, VRQ Director
Angela Pennell, Intake Coordinator
Steve Miller, Volunteer Coordinator
Are you in need of shelter? Our staff is ready to talk to you. Male veterans can call the Veterans' Restoration Quarters intake line at (828) 398-6609.
Women, mothers with children, and female veterans can call the Steadfast House line at (828) 767-1687.
Opportunities to serve
To serve with us, click on an opportunity below or email Steve Miller, the VRQ's Volunteer Coordinator. Your first step will be to set up a tour of the property and discuss service opportunities that work for you and your schedule.
Cook teams - help prepare and serve meals (group activity)
Barbers/beauticians - provide hair cuts to our men.
Work teams - build and complete ongoing beautification projects on our campus
Teachers & Facilitators - lead classes such as Bible studies, art, music, computer skills, life skills in the areas of communication, esteem building, emotion management, financial counseling, housing
Front desk receptionists
Data entry clerk
Entertainment - singing, musical performances, skits and other creative efforts
Chaplains - listen to residents and offer spiritual information and prayer
In-kind gifts - see list below:
- Men's undershirts, size 3XL
- Cough syrup (alcohol-free)
- Mouthwash (alcohol-free)
- new / lightly used tennis shoes, work boots
- Body Powder
- Antacid Tablets
- Allergy Tablets
- Tylenol / Advil Tablets
- Gifts cards ($25 or less) for restaurants, clothing, & hair cuts
- Coffee & coffee supplies
- Towels and kitchen towels
- Laundry detergent
- Wash cloths
- Long twin sheets & spreads
- Flowers, plants & shrubs
- Garden/yard tools
- Commercial equipment (kitchen & lawn)
- Stainless steel kitchen tables
- Weed eaters
- Bus tickets
- Back packs
- New and gently used men’s clothing
- Men's shoes (work boots, tennis shoes) all sizes
- Prepaid cell phone or phone cards
- 15 person passenger van
- vehicles for residents
American Legion Post 526
The VRQ is home to American Legion Post 526, the only American Legion post located in a facility for homeless veterans. For more information, call (828) 259-5368.
Veterans Village is a five-story apartment building that will provide 48 affordable housing units to homeless or formerly homeless male veterans who are seeking a setting of camaraderie and fellowship. There will be 12 units per floor on the first four floors, each measuring 320 square feet and containing a kitchenette and bathroom. The fifth floor will contain a 7,000 square foot vocational training center with classroom and office space, staffed with career coaches and trainers from our Veterans Employment and Training Services program. Residents will also have access to communal spaces and an environment that is filled with access to supportive services and programs.
The Home Depot Foundation is a supporter of this project.
In the news:
- Brothers in arms: Local nonprofits give back to WNC veterans - Mountain Xpress
- Architect: Continent's largest 'CLT' structure to be built in Asheville - Asheville Citizen-Times
- City council approves plans for veterans housing development - WLOS
- Veteran housing development at 1401 Tunnel Road - Mountain Xpress