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Western Carolina Rescue Ministries seeks resources to multiply and transform lives affected by homelessness and addiction

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

WCRM is seeking support for its activities, which include four intensive programs that help men and women recover from addiction and homelessness by addressing their root causes.

Asheville, North Carolina, June 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM), a nonprofit, faith-based organization based in Western North Carolina, is seeking funding and donations to support its programs that meet the needs of people struggling with homelessness and substance addiction.

A non-denominational ministry, WCRM serves people in crisis regardless of their beliefs, seeking to meet their immediate needs, stabilize their situation, and invest in their future to move forward. Founded 44 years ago, WCRM has three core components – rescue, recovery and rehabilitation – reaching people in crisis, treating them with respect and dignity and moving them toward healthy, productive lives.

According to Michel Woods, executive director of WCRM, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problems of homelessness and addiction in the US. That is why the organization is trying to address the root causes behind this problem and prevent “long-term problems”. term customers”, or people who fall back on their old habits.

“I believe there is a need for a multifaceted approach, where there are multiple ways people become homeless. There needs to be an individualized approach to helping people who get stuck in response to their specific trauma,” says Woods. “Many existing programs address poverty by subsidizing it, creating conditions where people can choose to live in poverty. Our approach is that we believe that even if you live in poverty, that is not your final destination, and that is not the best thing you can have in life. All of our programs are designed to stabilize and equip people and create a path for their journey, creating a community where they can thrive and be more.”

WCRM has four main programs: Men’s Substance Abuse Recovery, Women’s Substance Abuse Recovery, aimed at mothers who are pregnant or have young children, Men’s Homeless Shelter, and Women’s Homeless Shelter.

The Men’s Recovery Program is a free, nine-month residential program for men 18 years and older. It involves intensive life training that enables men to turn away from their addiction and gain the resources and support needed to build a new life, including finding meaningful work, rebuilding family relationships and living a transformed, sober life.

WCRM’s substance abuse recovery program for women, known as Abba’s House, is a six-month residential program for women who are pregnant or have children under the age of six. Mother and child experience recovery together in a family atmosphere, with childcare provided when the mother is working. According to WCRM, having a child with the mother helps both the child’s development and the mother’s recovery. It strengthens their bond and inspires mothers to do their best to complete the program and prevent relapse.

“Our end goal is not just to stop people from drinking or using drugs. We believe in addressing the root cause of trauma or whatever led them to go down that path,” Woods said. “If we can help solve that, people can get off a substance and have the self-control to never go back. That is the main goal of our programs.”

Michael Woods, executive director of WCRM, helps those in need

The Joshua Plan and Women of Worth are WCRM’s homeless shelter programs for men and women, respectively. These programs are more than a place to stay. They provide a range of support services, such as employment assistance and counselling, aimed at tackling the root causes of homelessness and helping men and women achieve independence and dignity. With up to a third of homeless adults suffering from a serious mental illness, WCRM recognizes the importance of mental health support, taking a foundational step to provide a variety of services to improve people’s mental health status.

According to Woods, having a concrete plan for post-shelter recovery and employment has worked wonders for people staying at WCRM shelters. Once they are stabilized, WCRM social workers and rescue directors help them get back on track. He adds that employers have approached WCRM to help them find workers because they know the people staying at the shelter have a solid life plan, have a place to sleep, are well fed and did not drink the night before.

“Currently, 80% of the people staying in our shelter work or go to school every day. They are saving money, while several companies have saved about $10,000 or more in a 12-month period,” says Woods.

There are many ways individuals and organizations can contribute and make a meaningful impact with WCRM. The organization accepts volunteers for various roles and tasks, as well as cash and material donations.

“Every resource we receive, we multiply in a way that becomes life-changing for someone struggling with homelessness or addiction,” Woods said. “In addition to monetary donations, we also receive donations of clothing and food, because we feed so many people. We take every gift given with love, apply love to it, mix it all together and distribute it to our customers. We make sure we give them the very best because we believe in showing love extravagantly.”

Media contact:

Name: Amanda Putnam

Email: [email protected]

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