Stories about the amazing work our partners are doing in our communities.
Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina (JFS) grew from area residents realizing the need for services for older adults in the community and taking action on that realization. Today the organization offers four primary services – The Elder Club Group Respite Program, Healing Solutions Counseling (HSC) at JFS and free case management and spiritual healing.
McDowell Community Technical College, in partnership with Dogwood, has developed an innovative curriculum to provide practical skills training in general construction, construction project management and a specialized elective in modular housing installation.
Mountain BizWorks seeks to build a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial culture throughout the 18 counties in Western North Carolina. They work hard to help small businesses start, grow and thrive with the motto of “when small businesses succeed, we all prosper.”
Mountain Projects started in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty through community action agencies. Since that time, the organization has significantly grown and diversified, existing to help people help themselves and make their community a better place to live. They do this through a collection of 21 programs from Head Start to senior resources and transportation to housing, including the Smoky Mountain Housing Partnership.
McDowell Community Technical College, in partnership with Dogwood, has developed an innovative curriculum to provide practical skills training in general construction, construction project management and a specialized elective in modular housing installation. Students can participate in paid internships before and after high school graduation at single-family modular home construction sites and in the home repair program, both of which are administered by Gateway Wellness Foundation. This program will produce a ready stream of skilled construction workers and project managers for a sector that has a shortage of employees.
A partnership between Dogwood and Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) brings dental services to low-income, uninsured adults and children at the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic. State and national dental health reports indicated that over 50% of adults in MCHP’s service area have had a permanent tooth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease, approximately 25% of children have not had an oral health exam in over a year and 18% of children have experienced oral health problems. MCHP continues to keep dental health accessible as more residents experience job loss and health insurance in the wake of COVID-19.