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Partner Profiles

Stories about the amazing work our partners are doing in our communities.

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Glitter Sisters

As Principal of Asheville’s School of Inquiry and Life Sciences (SILSA), Nicole Cush recognized an opportunity to help young women of color strengthen their social-emotional skills and increase positive social and academic outcomes. The Glitter Sisters program serves as a critical support system for girls age 15-18 who have historically been marginalized in educational settings.

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Graham County Rural Development Association

Dogwood and Graham County Rural Development Association (GCRDA) have partnered to develop affordable housing, enabling access to homeownership for thirteen low to moderate-income families in Robbinsville, NC. 

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Grahamtown Team

The Grahamtown Team serves to support healthy living and responsible development in the community by providing programs and services such as exercise classes, a community garden, food pantry, computer lab, youth education and enrichment programs, and the Healthy Homes Community Revitalization Project.

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Helpmate

Helpmate works to eliminate abuse and fear by providing safety, shelter and support for victims and survivors of intimate partner domestic violence. Dogwood funds support the work of Helpmate’s case managers, who help victims address the impacts of domestic violence on housing, employment, transportation and childcare.

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Hinton Rural Life Center

Hinton Rural Life Center saw a need for rural leadership development and created a leadership program that addresses rural-specific issues that leaders face in their communities. The program began with a local leadership program called Leadership Chatuge.

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Hola Carolina

Through its flagship publication, Hola Carolina magazine, the organization shares critical information and news for Spanish-speaking communities in ten WNC counties. Hola also operates programs that celebrate cultural diversity with educational and outreach activities through Hola Community Arts.

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support. Since 2006, Homeward Bound has housed more than 2,250 people.

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Housing Assistance Corporation

From providing minor repairs to the homes of low-income residents to packaging financing for lower-income homebuyers, to constructing affordable housing for those in the workforce, HAC ensures that people have safe and stable housing that forms the foundation for healthy and productive lives. 

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Holler Harm Reduction

Holler Harm Reduction works with people who use drugs and those who care about them to fill a critical need for substance use disorder mitigation in rural Madison County and North Buncombe County. Holler meets people where they are by delivering overdose reversal, wound care and safer use supplies to folks’ homes, or directly to them wherever they may be.

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Graham County Rural Development Association

Dogwood and Graham County Rural Development Association (GCRDA) have partnered to develop affordable housing, enabling access to homeownership for thirteen low to moderate-income families in Robbinsville, NC. In October 2021, GCRDA broke ground on the development of 13 lots in preparation for residential construction, providing a path to first-time homeownership for families who could not otherwise afford to purchase safe housing. 

Helpmate

Helpmate works to eliminate abuse and fear by providing safety, shelter and support for victims and survivors of intimate partner domestic violence. Dogwood funds support the work of Helpmate’s case managers, who help victims address the impacts of domestic violence on housing, employment, transportation and childcare. Helpmate offers case management at each of its three service locations: the Buncombe County Family Justice Center, the Buncombe County Courthouse and its emergency shelter that serves the highest-need survivors who face lethal danger from ex-partners and who are homeless due to the abuse they have experienced. Helpmate also offers specialized child and family advocacy case management services, which help reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences among children exposed to domestic violence.

Hinton Rural Life Center

Strong leaders are critical in rural communities, and the skills and abilities of local leadership can have a drastic impact on the quality of life in a region. As an organization that values leadership development, Hinton Rural Life Center saw a need for rural leadership development and created a leadership program that addresses rural-specific issues that leaders face in their communities. The program began with a local leadership program called Leadership Chatuge. The program has graduated three classes, and Dogwood’s partnership provided support for a fourth, with an expectation to graduate approximately 15-25 leaders in 2022 in the westernmost subregion of Dogwood’s footprint.