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Partner Profiles

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

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Pathways to Parks

Pathways to Parks is an organization that encourages Black, Hispanic -Latino, Native American and other people of color to become interested in and take care and ownership of America’s public lands. The organization promotes walking, hiking, water sports, camping, tennis, picnicking, cycling and all the other adventures that national, state and local parks have to offer.

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PIVOTPoint WNC

PIVOTPoint WNC works with both teens and adults who are either at risk for or in recovery from substance use disorder. Wilderness Therapy programs can be cost prohibitive, but the team at PIVOTPoint WNC works to keep the costs of the program affordable to potential participants.

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Pisgah Legal Services

Since 1978, Pisgah Legal Services has been providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives. In 2020, a grant from Dogwood Health Trust helped PLS reach out to many who had lost health insurance due to lost employment, allowing those without coverage to take advantage of a small window of opportunity to enroll in coverage.

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PODER Emma

PODER Emma stewards, protects and develops permanently affordable housing in the Erwin District of Buncombe County through the creation and support of resident-owned mobile home park cooperatives. The cooperative model creates stable, dignified housing and roots intergenerational wealth in our community.

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Robbinsville United Methodist Church

Built on faith and a tradition of service, RUMC has become the go-to partner for organizations looking to improve lives. “We do a lot of the heavy social lifting in the community,” says Pastor Eric Reece. “We help because our faith calls us to.”

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Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity is a small, rural Habitat for Humanity affiliate working to build homes for low-income families in Western NC. Since the COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased construction expenses, Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity partnered with Dogwood to cover the cost increase of building materials.

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Rutherford County United Way

Dogwood partnered with Change Agent Phillip Cooper and the Rutherford County United Way to create an event called “Voices of Affrilachia,” featuring listening sessions and site visits between NC DHHS officials and BIPOC community leaders in WNC to create culturally sensitive mental health and SUD services in WNC.

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Rutherford Housing Partnership and Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, Spindale

 Rutherford Housing Partnership and Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity are partnering with Dogwood, the Town of Spindale and the Stonecutter Foundation to increase housing opportunities and rebuild a vibrant community.

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PODER Emma

PODER Emma stewards, protects and develops permanently affordable housing in the Erwin District of Buncombe County through the creation and support of resident-owned mobile home park cooperatives. Mobile homes are a primary form of existing, affordable housing; however, the traditional model of mobile home parks where residents rent the land creates housing instability and leaves low-income families extremely vulnerable to displacement. The cooperative model creates stable, dignified housing and roots intergenerational wealth in our community. PODER Emma provides extensive technical assistance, training and cooperative development services, as well as home repair services to protect existing affordable housing units. The organization has partnered with Dogwood to provide home repair services to ensure health, safety and dignity for these units.

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity Almost Home

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity is a small, rural Habitat for Humanity affiliate working to build homes for low-income families in Western NC. Since the COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased construction expenses, Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity partnered with Dogwood to cover the cost increase of building materials. Savings are passed to the homeowner, ensuring affordability. A recently built home welcomed its new owners, a single father and his two girls, ages eight and six.

Philip Cooper

Rutherford County United Way/Voices of Affrilachia

Dogwood partnered with Change Agent Phillip Cooper and the Rutherford County United Way to create an event called “Voices of Affrilachia,” featuring listening sessions and site visits between NC DHHS officials and BIPOC community leaders in WNC to create culturally sensitive mental health and SUD services in WNC. As a direct result of the “Voices of Affrilachia” project, United Way of Rutherford County and Cooper partnered on a larger, short-term project funded by NC DHHS in collaboration with Partners Behavioral Health. The program, named “Project Urgent Need,” served people with severe mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Cooper led a team of peer support specialists, providing housing assistance and follow-up peer support to 170 people in WNC and Catawba and Cleveland counties. Other team members distributed Narcan across a seven-county footprint. From their efforts, project leaders have been notified of six lives saved from overdoses.

Rutherford Housing Partnership and Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, Spindale

The Revitalizing Spindale project is directing community partnerships, input and involvement into a specific area of Spindale, NC, to address community blight, increase affordable rental opportunities and increase homeownership opportunities. Rutherford Housing Partnership and Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity are partnering with Dogwood, the Town of Spindale and the Stonecutter Foundation to increase housing opportunities and rebuild a vibrant community.