Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry generously supported by over 289 churches of all denominations and 6,100 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability. ABCCM stimulates doing together what individual congregations and individuals cannot do separately. While responding to meet emergency needs, we develop strategic plans to address root causes of poverty, take steps to achieve independent living skills and restore lives in the community. We accomplish this through these ministries: Crisis Ministry, Jail Ministry, Veterans Restoration Quarters, Steadfast House, Medical Ministry and Veteran Services of the Carolinas.
Our ambassadors will be working with Veterans Restoration Quarters. The ABCCM provides 160 beds of transitional housing and 40 beds for emergency shelter and 50 units of permanent supportive housing for a total of 250 beds. Restoring lives is through four developmental phases called Steps to Success. These include 1) Stabilization, with all the basic necessities provided; 2) Life Skills Training, with over 60 volunteer courses to choose from including Bible studies; 3) Education and Professional Training Certifications that lead to living wage jobs; and 4) Reintegration that leads to permanent housing. We are honored to report that 8 out of 10 leave us with a living wage job and permanent housing.
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, a 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.