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.

 

Did you know that the Henderson County Housing Assistance Corporation was started in 1988 by a group of volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church?  The program is now celebrating its 20th anniversary of making repairs on the homes of people who are not able to financially or physically make the repairs to keep their homes safe and warm, and they assist in the building of affordable housing for Henderson County residents.

Since 1988 Housing Assistance has helped in the building of over 100 Self Help Homeownership homes; has built 4 affordable rental family apartments; two affordable rental apartments for seniors; and one handicapped accessible apartment complex.  In addition Housing Assistance makes over 250 home repairs each year with the help of volunteers.  Training for all first-time home buyers in Henderson County is also provided.

The Housing Assistance Corporation is a private, non-profit organization committed to providing safe and affordable housing for persons of limited income living in Henderson County because they believe every human being deserves the opportunity to live in a decent home.

Trinity continues to support the Housing Assistance Corporation through its local mission ministry budget.  Volunteers are needed to assist in the home repair program, the resale shop, and administration.  Please call 828-692-4744 for more information.  If you know someone in need of this service, please provide him or her with the telephone number.

 

Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM), a Henderson County agency well known to many Trinity folks, was founded in 1984 as a faith-based, nonprofit organization with the mission to provide emergency relief to Henderson County residents who are in financial crisis by offering funds, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals in an atmosphere of compassion and respect. Over 90 local congregations support IAM.

In these difficult economic times, Executive Director, David Cook, reports that in the first ten months of 2008 one thousand first time clients were seen at IAM. The need is great and Trinity supports IAM through the Local Mission budget, food and clothing drives and especially the number of Trinity members who volunteer time at the agency.

Volunteers are always needed in many areas of service.  Call 697-7029 for more information.  Watch the weekly Trinity bulletin for specific needs at IAM.  Food pantry requests for February include saltines, soup, cereal and powdered milk.  Items can be taken directly to IAM on Ehringhaus St. or left at the church.

As we are called to serve, remember the motto of IAM “We are the hands that distribute what the heart of the community provides…offering a hand up, not a hand out”

 

Faith Link and LEEP are familiar mission programs to the Trinity Family.  Since 1998 Trinity members have volunteered to partner with families in Henderson County who are struggling to obtain and sustain employment while managing families.  In addition the LEEP program connects Faith Link children with individual learning mentors and meets weekly at Trinity during the school year.  The Faith Link families join with us for our “Wonderful Wednesday” dinners and Friends of Jesus programs.  While here the Faith Link parents attend a “Parenting Roundtable” facilitated by a Faith Link coordinator.  Funding for the Faith Link programs comes from the Henderson County Dept. of Social Services, the local faith community and from fund raising and donations.  Volunteers are needed in many areas for a variety of tasks.  Call 697-7029 extension 342 for more information or be at Trinity early on a Wednesday evening to experience the program in action.  Faith Link receives funds from Trinity’s Local Mission Budget.

 

Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) was formerly a migrant clinic functioning only in the summer months to serve the migrant workers.  It was located in the Thomas House on Church St.  In 1976 federal funds were obtained to expand the clinic to the Blue Ridge Community Health Services.  Barbara Garrison, member of Trinity, served as its director from 1976 until 1997.  Over the years many members of Trinity have been involved with the clinic in numerous roles.

The program of the clinic is comprehensive to meet the medical needs of the community.  A recent expansion of services is a health clinic located at North Henderson High School. A clinic at Apple Valley Middle School has been serving that population.  In 2007, 13,000 persons in our community were served.  Although the clinic receives some federal subsidy, funding is needed for many items not covered by the subsidy such as medications.  Patients are seen on a sliding fee scale.  Everyone pays something based on individual incomes.  BRCHS does receive a contribution from Trinity’s budget through the Local Mission Ministry.

If you are interested in learning more or want to investigate volunteer opportunities, please call 692-4289 or visit their web site at www.brchs.com

 

This ministry, operating at the Henderson County Detention Center, serves the persons incarcerated at the facility.  The maximum population is 230 people with more than 200 inmates there at any one time. About 25% of the population is female. About half of the inmates are in a “lock down” situation 22-23 hours a day.

The Blue Ridge Prison Ministry strives to leave a lasting, positive influence on those ministered to by helping identify the deep rooted needs that lead to destructive behavior and by providing biblical and ethical solutions to break the cycle.  This is done through one to one lay counseling, providing group Bible studies, a library, and video materials, etc.  A new program for the ministry is a transitional house for women located in Saluda.

The agency is a non-profit interdenominational ministry.  They do not receive funding from State, County, or Federal entities.  Volunteers are needed and training is provided.  In addition to monetary support from the Trinity budget, we have supplied Bibles from an endowment fund. Should you wish more information, please call 828-778-2494 or e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Did you know that -

 

  • Henderson County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry founded in 1989.
  • Currently they are building homes at the rate of 10-12 a year.
  • Partner families are low-income residents of Henderson County and are selected for a Habitat home following Fair Housing guidelines.
  • Volunteer labor enables Habitat to reduce the purchase price of a Habitat home to just the cost of building materials, land, and infrastructure.
  • Each partner family must work a minimum of 400 hours on a Habitat home, and they pay for their home with a 25-year mortgage at no interest and no profit to Habitat.
  • It takes about 2500 volunteer hours to construct one home, and no experience is required. Instructions are provided.
  • Over the years many Trinity members have been and are involved with Habitat.

 

Want to know more? Call Habitat at 694-0340. Remember Habitat has two thrift stores on Washington Street.