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Partner Profiles

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

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Safelight

Safelight’s mission is to offer a continuum of care for survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. The organization has helped over 37,000 survivors to find hope and healing through a range of services and programs that include counseling, education, healthcare, employment and housing.

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St. Gerard House

St. Gerard House (SGH) provides therapy, training, social skills classes and a wide array of additional services for individuals with autism and their families. Dogwood responded to SGH’s call for operational support to create scalable growth to serve more waiting families.

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Sanesco Health

A family-owned company headquartered in Arden, Sanesco has been providing lab services to roughly 900 physician practices and distributors across the United States and Canada for 15 years. “When we arrived to Asheville for the very first time, there was an immediate connection”

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Smart Start Regional Cohort

A Regional Cohort of Smart Start Local Partnerships is helping young children, their families, and early childhood educators increase resiliency and reduce trauma throughout Western North Carolina. Each community within the Cohort starts at its own level of readiness, but all are working in a regional and collaborative way.

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STEM West, Inc.

With funding from Dogwood, STEM West created the infrastructure for collaborative learning and a curriculum to align reading texts and literacy skills through engineering and coding with LEGO® sets.

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Food and Farms

TRACTOR Food and Farms is a regional food hub that is building a more robust offering for rural families by providing infrastructure, market and logistic resources to local farmers, consumers, relief organizations and health and emergency services.

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True Ridge

True Ridge works with under-served Latinx communities in Henderson and Polk Counties. A wrap-around service organization, True Ridge helps those in the Latinx community that have been affected by domestic violence and other life-altering situations.

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United Christian Ministries of Jackson County

The organization ministers to food insecurity needs in Jackson County by hosting a food pantry and offering financial assistance. In 2015, they distributed 10,500 bags of food, in 2019 around 13,000, but in 2020 that number jumped to 20,000. The pantry provides shelf-stable food such as pasta, oatmeal and baby food.

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Vecinos

Vecinos serves both migrant (workers who travel from other countries and return home each year) and seasonal (workers who live in our community) farmworkers. Vecinos’ new mobile clinic includes a nurse’s station for taking labs and vitals and conducting patient education; a private exam area; a bathroom; and an outdoor awning-covered area with a TV screen for patient education.

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St. Gerard House

Opened in 2010, St. Gerard House (SGH) provides therapy, training, social skills classes and a wide array of additional services for individuals with autism and their families. Dogwood responded to SGH’s call for operational support to create scalable growth to serve more waiting families. Since receiving the Dogwood capacity grant, SGH has hired a full-time revenue cycle manager and a full-time “Feed The Need” program administrator. These changes have improved efficiency in their billing and utilization departments as well as placed SHG on a path to provide more autism therapy in the community.

Smart Start Regional Cohort

A Regional Cohort of Smart Start Local Partnerships is helping young children, their families, and early childhood educators increase resiliency and reduce trauma throughout Western North Carolina. The approach includes Resilience Academies to develop personal and organizational resilience cultures with Smart Start leaders, Reconnect for Resilience trainings for early educators and families, and the expansion of Sesame Street in Communities’ successful programs and Family Engagement Tool Kits to support young children’s social and emotional resilience and development. Each community within the Cohort starts at its own level of readiness, but all are working in a regional and collaborative way.

STEM West, Inc.

To increase reading scores, students need to have an interest in reading. LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential sets provide relevance and interest in literacy. With funding from Dogwood, STEM West created the infrastructure for collaborative learning and a curriculum to align reading texts and literacy skills through engineering and coding with LEGO® sets.