Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry will announce on Wednesday, June 22, the public phase of its Transformation Village capital campaign and provide an update on the status of the major building project that will take hundreds of homeless women, children and families off the streets and on the road to self-sustainability. The project is one of the largest in ABCCM’s nearly 50-year history and will significantly transform the face of homelessness in the community.
ABCCM leadership, capital campaign volunteers and residents will speak at a 2 p.m. press conference at the Hampton Inn Asheville – I-26 Biltmore Area, located at 1 Rocky Ridge Road in Asheville. The Hampton Inn is located close to the 24-acre property that ABCCM has purchased for Transformation Village.
Transformation Village – a transitional living facility named in recognition of the transformative impact it will have not only on the lives of its residents, but on the community as a whole – will provide homeless individuals and families with a safe and secure living space and the tools they need to eventually move on and live self-sufficiently.
The facility will eventually replace ABCCM’s Steadfast House, which currently has a waiting list of more than 300 women and children.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) is one of the key nonprofit organizations addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care for the under-served in Buncombe County, serving over 50,000 individuals in 2013. Begun as a small collaboration of churches in 1969,
ABCCM has played a significant role in meeting emergency assistance needs for families in crisis, coordinating religious services and education activities at the jail, providing transitional and permanent supportive housing of the homeless through 300 beds, increasing access to health care for half the uninsured and medically underserved; as well as work readiness, mentoring and job placement services. We serve veterans across 26 WNC counties. ABCCM is generously supported by 277 congregations of all denominations and faith groups; plus 5,000 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of age, sex, religion or ethnic background.