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ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters & Transformation Village

This Veterans Day we take some time to recognize and honor those who have served our country. As many of you have witnessed at our catered events (pre COVID-19) in the Asheville office, Chef Eric Cox gives back to Veterans every day as he works alongside them while teaching food service and culinary skills. These skills enable them to get jobs and reintegrate into civilian life. These Veterans have experienced homelessness, mental illness or addictions after returning from military service.

Eric Cox is the Director of Food Service Operations for Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministries (ABCCM). This ministry provides shelter and services to veterans in the Asheville, NC area. In 2008 ABCCM transformed the former Super 8 Motel on Tunnel Road into a 240 bed transitional housing facility offering free room and board to male Veterans. This spring, ABCCM opened Transformation Village in West Asheville which provides 98 beds for homeless women, children and Veterans.

In addition to transitional housing and food, ABCCM provides Veterans with counseling, job training, case management and transportation to the VA hospital. This program is a fresh start for Veterans in need and is supported by ABCCM, donations and volunteers in WNC. As with many service and non-profit businesses during the pandemic, ABCCM is suffering from staffing shortages and reduced donations. If you would like to help support these programs either with donations or volunteering, please go to the following links:

https://www.abccm.org/serve
https://www.abccm.org/givenow1

Chef Cox said it best: “These men and women gave everything they could serving in the military. Now we need to give back as much as possible.”

 

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