Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina reports the following about our recent efforts in gathering and donating a collection of essentials needed to welcome a previously-homeless teen to her own permanent home:
Dear Swannanoa Valley Friends,
Thank you so much for putting together the Welcome Home kit for Homeward Bound’s Welcome Home Project! The welcome home kit went to a newly housed client yesterday, March 3rd. The recipient of your generosity is a 19 year old girl named Emily. Emily has been living outside in Asheville since she was 16 years old. Emily left an abusive family life in Illinois and moved to Asheville without knowing anyone or having any resources. Emily was connected to Homeward Bound and was housed yesterday in her own mobile home. She received basic furniture and household goods from Homeward Bound’s Welcome Home project and the rest was donated by you, the Swannanoa Valley Friends!
Emily and her case manager went to AB Tech today to get her enrolled in the GED program. Emily hopes to continue with school on a scholarship program. She aspires to be a lawyer one day. Emily also was hired on this week as an employee at a Sonic.
Housing First is the answer to ending homelessness! Now that Emily has her own permanent housing, she is able to have a job and go to school.
Thank you to each and everyone of you that helped end homelessness for Emily!!
Ashley A Campbell
In-Kind Donations & Welcome Home Projects Program Director
Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina
Homelessness is a community-wide problem with a community-wide solution