Programs Supported Financially: Local


Center for people who are homeless, offering access to showers, phones, a mailing address, and security off the street, providing a process to move toward permanent housing.

ARC of Buncombe County

Empower children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their highest potential through advocacy, education, programs and family support.

Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) Medical Clinic

Buncombe County’s only free clinic staffed by volunteer physicians, dentists, hygienists, and pharmacists, offering medical care to uninsured and underinsured.

Caring for Children

Provides help for children and families in crisis because of family conflict, abuse, neglect, behavior or mental health issues.

Congregations for Children (COC)

Supported by the WNC and NC Conferences, COC assists school children in need by helping with literacy (Reading Buddies at Estes) and provide school supplies, clothing, emergency assistance, and Angel Tree Christmas gifts.

Contact: Joy Moss

Creation Care Alliance

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina is a network of people of faith and congregations who have united around a moral and spiritual call to preserve the integrity, beauty and health of God’s creation. They bring practical and hopeful solutions to congregations and broader secular communities by engaging hearts and minds through inspiration, education, service, and advocacy.

Haywood Street Congregation

A United Methodist mission congregation supporting the spiritual and physical hunger of Asheville’s homeless population. All are welcome every Wednesday at 11:30 am for lunch; worship at 12:30 pm, and Sunday dinner 5-6 pm and worship 6-7 pm.

Haywood Street Respite

A program for short-term care in a home-like setting for homeless adults following discharge from the hospital but are too fragile to recover on the streets.

Loving Food Resources

A nonprofit food pantry located at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church to provide food, health, and personal care items to persons living with HIV/AIDS or persons receiving home hospice care.

MANNA Food Bank

This ministry links the local food industry with over 200 partner agencies to involve, educate, and unite people with the goal of ending hunger in WNC.

Mary Benson House

A substance abuse rehabilitation center for pregnant and postpartum women.

Ministry of Hope

A Transitional mentoring program at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women that provides mental, emotional, physical and spiritual assistance to women both during incarceration and in transition back to society.

Open Doors

Connects local children living in multi-generational poverty with an active, individualized network of support and Opportunities for education and enrichment. At Open Doors, we invest in kids who live in poverty so they will learn to invest in themselves and in the end, break the cycle of poverty for themselves and for our community.

UNCA Wesley Student Ministry

This ministry on the UNCA campus is a safe place where every student is accepted and loved as a child of God. Under the leadership of Rev. Jeff McCumber, this Christian community seeking to explore faith together and how it impacts our lives, our community, and our world.

Programs Supported Financially: Conference/State-Wide

Cherokee UMC Ministry Project

A ministry of the Cherokee United Methodist Church and its partners, reaching out to the Cherokee people and residents of the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Reservation) and beyond with a relevant Christian ministry that seeks to build bridges and impact the whole person with the power and presence of Jesus Christ.

Mothers and Their Children

Addresses the special needs of children of incarcerated mothers at NC Correctional Institute for Women in Raleigh. Provides visitation center, parenting education and support, and travel assistance for family visitation.

Programs Supported Financially: National

Henderson Settlement

A long-standing UM-affiliated mission that provides food, clothing, education, life skills, jobs and work crews for building and repairing homes of those living in poverty in Appalachian Kentucky.

Native American Children

Assists 250-300 Native American children of limited income in
Oklahoma with school clothing and VBS.

Programs Supported Financially: World/International


A collaborative effort of the NC and WNC Conferences to give humanitarian aid to children and families in Armenia.

Shepherd’s Society

Provides short and long-term humanitarian assistance and development aid for the Palestinian people.

Zoe Ministry

An empowerment program to help children help themselves. Zoe provides outreach to orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.