This past year the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) observed its eleventh year of helping community neighbors in crisis. Conceived, organized and funded by the faith community in 2002, WeCAN serves as a clearing house of benevolence assistance and crisis services for Watauga County residents.
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WeCAN: WATAUGA CRISIS ASSISTANCE NETWORK
Everyday people in our community face eviction, utility cutoffs, heating fuel shortage and prescription medication needs. Since 2002, Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) has been providing help to community members who find themselves in these situations. Often, such assistance ultimately prevents an individual from becoming homeless.
The program coordinator provides guidance and helps the client create a plan for overcoming recurrent situations through information and referrals. Clients served by the program are also offered follow up counseling to help them achieve stability.
Walk-in Appointments Available:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 12pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 7pm
The Bread of Life Community Kitchen provides three meals a day to anyone who is hungry, including residents and community members in poverty and need. The meals are managed by our food service coordinator and prepared by churches, civic organizations, and volunteers.
Our kitchen is stocked primarily (95%) through donations from community food drives, individual donors, Feed America Program, Food Lion in Blowing Rock and Earth Fare in Boone. Currently we are averaging 12,000+ meals a month served.
Meals are served seven days a week
Breakfast: 6:30 - 8:30
Lunch: 11:30 - 1:00
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Food Box Program
Stocked with food from the Second Harvest Food Bank, a division of the Feed America Program, our program is available to those in the community who qualify for low-income assistance.
The need for this program has nearly tripled in size in one-year with more of our community becoming unemployed or under-employed. Twenty-six percent of our region lives in poverty with another fifteen-twenty percent unable to earn a living wage.