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Due to key staffing changes, and a desire to move in another strategic direction, Western Carolina Community Action (WCCA) is transitioning a few of its programs to other nonprofits. WCCA has operated the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) since the program began in the early 1980’s. WCCA has used this program to lift hundreds of participants out of poverty. The program provides assistance with education, job training, housing, case management and other resources that will help a person become economically self-sufficient. Deb Haight, WCCA Community Services Director, is shifting to a part-time schedule. The WCCA Board or Directors saw this as an opportunity to move the program.

In April, the North Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity selected Community Action Opportunities of Asheville (CAO) to administer CSBG in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties. CAO is already providing CSBG services in Buncombe, Madison and McDowell Counties. Starting July 1, 2019 people wishing to enroll in the CSBG program should contact Kate Singogo, CAO Self-Sufficiency Program Manager, by calling 828-252-2495 or 877-989-2495. CAO can also be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Since 1986, WCCA has been providing Ensure, Glucerna and other nutritional supplements for older adults and disabled people with a medical need in Henderson County. The program is funded by Home and Community Care Block Grant through the Land of Sky Regional Council. The Henderson County Hunger Coalition also helps in funding liquid nutrition. WCCA has been working with the Henderson County Council on Aging (HCCOA) to make sure this vital service continues. Starting July 1, 2019, HCCOA will be administering the liquid nutrition program in Henderson County. Anyone wishing to apply for this service should contact Michelle Linson at HCCOA at 828-692-4203.

WCCA will continue to operate its senior nutrition programs in Transylvania County. This includes the congregate meal programs at Silvermont and Quebec. WCCA will also continue the home delivered meals program for the Rosman and Toxaway communities, and the liquid nutrition program in Transylvania County.

Western Carolina Community Action will continue to provide the following:

High quality early childhood education to more than 700 families each year
  • Over 150,000 passenger trips annually through Apple Country Transportation
  • Housing Choice Vouchers to more than 600 families each year
  • Nutrition services for older adults in Transylvania County
Anyone interested in these services can reach WCCA at 828-693-1711 or 828-884-2255 in Brevard. WCCA can also be reach through its website www.wcca.org.

 

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