Trinity supports the following missions in Henderson County:

Trinity Preschool Habitat for Humanity
Blue Ridge Community Health Healing Place
Blue Ridge Literacy Council Henderson Co. Churches Uniting
Blue Ridge Prison Ministries Hendersonville Rescue Mission
Boys and Girls Club Hospice
Council on Aging Housing Assistance
Dispute Settlement Center Interfaith Assistance Ministry
Faith Link Mainstay
Free Clinic Pardee Chaplaincy
Guardian ad Litem Pisgah Legal Services
Feed the Kids YMCA Scholarship

For questions about local missions, contact Sue Hammer.


IAM NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY:   Canned chili, instant grits, canned tuna, instant oatmeal, mixed beans, canned vegetables, individual fruit cups, coffee, tea, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The Hendersonville Rescue Mission is one of the agencies in Henderson County supported by Trinity Presbyterian Church through its Local Mission Ministry. The Rescue Mission has served members of the community for over 26 years. At their current location on Maple Street, men, women and children are given assistance by Mission staff.

In a recent 12 month period 64,518 meals were served; 1,406 individuals were sheltered (including 72 children); 3,775 hours of individual counseling were provided and at least 22 people made decisions for Christ.

Volunteers are needed in many capacities. Please call 697-1354 to inquire how your special talents can be used.

The Hendersonville Rescue Mission receives no support from local, state or federal government funding; thus, our contributeion to the agency is very important.

Please pray for those are served and those who serve.



Did you know that there are over 20,000 English speaking adults in Henderson County who cannot read? Blue Ridge Literacy Council is addressing this need by offering programs in three areas:

Basic literacy for Americans who didn't learn to read in school
Learning disabilities program for adults who need multi-sensory phonologically-based structured learning programs
ESL (English as a second language)
In the past year 346 students were tutored by 186 volunteers in these areas. Volunteer tutors are provided training and previous teaching experience is not necessary. All that is needed is an interest in helping adults learn and the ability to speak, read and write English.

Are you interested in helping meet and eliminate a waiting list for services? Contact he Literacy Council at 696-3811 or Diane Bowers, a member of Trinity is the Executive Director.


The Council on Aging for Henderson County is an independent, non-government agency. As a private non-profit organization, it relies heavily on the community for support.

During these difficult, economic times, the Council finds itself unable to provide Meals on Wheels for all those who need them. Sales at the Council on Aging Thrift Stores on Church Street and in Etowah are also down. In addition, community contributions are less probably due to the economy. Meals on Wheels has only enough funding available to serve 44 people a day in the months of May and June. However, they are currently serving 240 per day and have 37 on a waiting list.

Additional services provided by the Council include the Partnership for Independent Living, a Congregate Meal Program, and the Sammy Williams Center for Active Living. Professional staff provide Geriatric Case Management for older adults on a sliding fee scale. A strong volunteer base helps stretch the dollars. Last year volunteers donated over 16,875 hours to the community through their work for the agency.

Trinity contributes financially to the Council on Aging through its Local Mission budget, and many members are part of the volunteer force. Trinity member, Marian Lowry, is currently Chair of the Board. Your support in time and money is greatly appreciated. Donations to the thrift store are also welcomed.

If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, please call 828-692-4203.


A Henderson County social service agency with close ties to Trinity is Mainstay. Almost 25 years ago, a group from Trinity, working with the Reverend Albert D. Kissling (former Trinity Presbyterian Pastor), organized The Women’s Crisis Ministry in Hendersonville. The purpose of the organization was to help women deal with such crises as divorce and widowhood. A parallel organization was organized about the same time and adopted the name Mainstay. Its mission was to help battered women.

Within two years the two groups merged and occupied space in the Historic Court House. Over the years Mainstay has moved to several locations, but was located for almost 10 years on South Main Street. A major accomplishment was the establishment in 2006 of a four- unit transitional housing apartment building, built in cooperation with the Hendersonville Housing Assistance Corporation. This allowed clients to make a more gradual return to stable, safe, and independent housing. In early 2008, Mainstay moved to 133 Fifth Avenue West providing them with more space for child-friendly areas for daycare and play plus continuity of all other programs.

Mainstay utilizes the services of over 100 volunteers in areas of support groups, individual counseling for victims and their children, case management, court support and advocacy, outreach, transitional housing and daycare. The Purple Ribbon, Mainstay’s Thrift Store, provides a resource for direct assistance to clients who have needs for clothing and small household items. Primarily volunteers also staff this program.

Trinity continues to support Mainstay through its Local Mission Ministry budget. You are invited to call Mainstay, 693-3840, for a tour or to volunteer your time