Thanks for A-Hope Donations

Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2010 in Community Support and Outreach

Friends have been most generous in their response to our request for sheets, blankets, pillows and towels, as well as simple clothing (coats, t-shirts, sweats, sweaters, jeans, shoes and boots) to be delivered to Homeward Bound, the Asheville-based agency working effectively to find permanent housing for our large (estimated to be 600 or so) folks who are ‘on-the-streets’ and homeless. We have found MANY deposits of the above in the entry hall of the Meeting House, and they have been promptly delivered to A-Hope House on Ann Street, with much gratitude and appreciation.
I’m not aware of the source of most of these contributions, but since Homeward Bound is a 501 (c) 3 (not for profit) agency, donors are able to get a tax-deduction receipt from the organization. I can secure such for you if you will let me know what you have given. Approximately is adequate. I’ll continue to ferry your contributions if you’ll let me know there are some to pick up and deliver.
Thanks, Jim Cavener



Attn: Asheville Sunday Pritchard Park Volunteers

Hello Asheville Sunday Pritchard Park Volunteers: First Congregational UCC Church would like to show their appreciation for what you do, with a reception, 5 – 7 PM March 11, followed by a short awards presentation. See further details here.

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First Congregational UCC presenting play to benefit homeless

Posted by admin on Feb 22, 2010 in Community Support and Outreach, Local Social Action, Other Events

Our Friends Meeting has been more and more involved with homelessness in Asheville over recent weeks and months, including helping feed some 150 homeless Asheville citizens in Pritchard Park last Sunday morning….
Over the past few months a group called Homeward Bound has
prepared a musical/theatrical experience which is currently running
each weekend at First Congregational Church, downtown, near the traffic circle at the County Building. Both Mountain Xpress and the
Citizen-Crimes have given this show a LOT of press and there are many moving testimonials to the value of experiencing it, first hand.
The following came in tonight from a VERY discerning source, one whom many of you will know and respect. I hope you’ll all read this and consider attending “Always Expect Miracles”, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (and Saturday afternoons) through March 8th.
Jim Cavener

Last weekend, my family was blown away by this play. We didn’t
realize what powerful social justice stories and messages would be
presented, including a transgender woman’s powerful monologue about finally being free to be herself. Stump town, desegregation, and more. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll think. You’ll feel the power of song and dance …and even motorcycles! Beaucatcher Mountain has been constructed right there in the high sanctuary along with an amazing set that comes to life with 50 local actors of all ages.
So enjoy great stories about Asheville….and benefit Homeward
Bound which works on housing and homeless issues in the City.
You’ll have a great time!! You’ll leave uplifted!! See
details below provided by the play:

Monroe Gilmour
Coalition for Equality

Homeward Bound’s Community Performance Project, Just Home in the Mountains, continues its performances of “Always Expect Miracles”

Written by award winning playwright Jules Corrierre, and based on stories gathered from Asheville residents.

The performances will take place at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street in Asheville 28801
(next to Health Dept & across Oak St from 1st Baptist)

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Homeward Bound of Asheville.

Always Expect Miracles is a mixture of stories gathered from residents of WNC and artfully woven into a compelling chronicle.

Over 50 actors, from every segment of our community, will bring to life these true tales of colorful characters, civil rights leaders, famous ghosts, new neighbors and old timers. Don’t miss this ground breaking community event!

“Always Expect Miracles”
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18 until March 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees- 2:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets at the Door OR
Advanced tickets can be purchased through Pack Place- 2 South Pack
Square, Asheville.
Mon-Sat- 10- 5, Sunday 1-5 or call 828-257-4500

For More Information Contact:
Rebecca Williams, Project Director – Homeward Bound’s, Just Home in the
828-768-2456, bbinfo@hbofa.org
or visit www.justhome.org

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AFM/UU Service to the Homeless

Posted by admin on Jan 26, 2010 in Community Support and Outreach, Other Events, Uncategorized

Our Meeting, in coordination with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, is taking part in an ecumenical service project to serve the homeless in our community. We have agreed to share with them the responsibility of serving breakfast at Pritchard Park on 2/14. Several Friends have already signed up to provide food for this effort. If you would like to contribute food, or your time, please contact Jim Cavener.

In conjunction with this project, we have been invited to join with the UU in a memorial service to honor those homeless people who passed away during the past year. This event will be held at the UU Church at Charlotte Street and Edwin Place, from 2 pm to 4 pm next Saturday, 1/30. The service will be followed by a pot luck. Again, contact Jim Cavener for more info.

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