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.

 

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

 

Trinity Church assists The Healing Place through its Local Mission Ministry budget. The Healing Place is the local non-profit agency dedicated to provide help, prevention, and awareness of sexual violence issues. Through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy, education and community outreach, The Healing Place is able to serve thousands of Henderson County adults and children each year.

A very important aspect is the educational programs available at all grade levels. These age specific courses are designed to teach students on a variety of issues from ways to reduce and prevent sexual violence to trusting their instincts and reporting an issue. Parent services are also included.

Volunteers are utilized as on-call advocates and education volunteers to teach the school age children. Of course, office volunteers are always needed. Training is provided. If you are interested in more details call 692-0495 or on the web at http://www.thehealingplace.info.

 

Every day after school and all through the summer, kids from across Henderson County have a safe place to go and grow – the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County.  The Club provides guidance-oriented education and character development programs for disadvantaged children 6-18 years of age, conducted by a dedicated professional staff.          

The Club has grown from a one-room building serving a few neighborhood children in 1993, to the current five-building campus with more than 1,200 youth participating from all parts of the county.

93% of the members come from low-income families, and nearly 60% live in single-adult households.  The membership is diverse – approximately 1/3 African-American, 1/3 Caucasian, 1/3 Latino.

The Boys & Girls Club has been recognized for several years as one of the finest Clubs in the Southeast for delivering quality programs.  Because they have the Club in their lives, children are doing better in school and making the right choices about drug & alcohol use, criminal activity, and their futures.

Trinity continues to support the Boys & Girls Club through its Local Mission Ministry budget.  You are invited to call the Club (693-9444) to find out more or to volunteer your time.  The Club is located on Ashe Street.

 

Trinity is a supporter of Pisgah Legal Services through its Local Mission Ministry budget.  The Henderson County office for Pisgah Legal Service (PLS) is located on Blythe St. Court where they provide free civil legal services to very low-income families.  Usually the needs of the clients are multi-faceted and urgent in nature.  The volunteers and staff at PLS assist in empowering clients to take charge of their lives – with legal assistance as needed – to make real and lasting changes in their lives.  In addition to attorneys who donate their time at PLS, volunteers are needed to assist in screening clients for services.  Training is provided.  If you are interested in serving in this important way, please call 828-692-7622.  Trinity member, Jane Swafford, serves on the board of PLS.