“The response to injustice is to share. The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness. To work for community is to work for humanity.”
— Jean Vanier, L'Arche Founder (from "Community and Growth")
The Village- Will you join?
You have heard it takes a village to raise a child. We believe that everyone needs a village. Each of us needs a supportive network of people in our lives.
We believe in the power of community.
We believe in the perspective that we gain when we know that we are loved and we see others as equally loved. That is the knowledge of our belovedness. When we know we are loved, we gain the insight and energy needed to accept ourselves and grow in positive ways. We develop the compassion and creativity to make a difference in the world.
We need your help in building community with children and their families, women, senior citizens, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, and neighbors in Asheville.
At our community house in the heart of downtown Asheville, we offer safe space where people can feel they belong, food, clothing, advocacy, empowerment, and community for those too often forgotten in our city: children and families living in poverty, people on the streets, immigrants, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. We gather to build relationships and offer care to one another. Too many people go from one institutional space to another where they are seen as a number, a case, a client. Here, we offer space to feel at home and form friendships based on mutuality and equality. We share help that includes foot care (for those who must walk almost everywhere they go); basic first aid and medical care; haircuts; support in navigating the system when it comes to housing, food stamps, applying for disability; healthcare, etc.; support in filling out job applications; activities to enjoy; support for street artists & musicians; and one-on-one counseling. Every day we listen, honor, and respect people’s lives and stories.
We move beyond our doors out into our city to connect with people, meet needs, and work for social change. We do outreach on the streets and at campsites; share fresh bread and produce with seniors and neighbors living in poverty; host a summer gardening project; and reach out to children by sharing clothes, school supplies, and helping them to start a personal library as well as a summer kid’s camp. We do educational street tours where people experience the realities of homelessness; help our homeless and poor friends share their stories through a media project; support creativity through art at our Rise Up Studio, and stand in the public squares speaking out for social justice.
Mutuality, respect, dignity, personal relationships