Resources to Support your Health + Financial Well-being

Community Resources to Support your Health + Financial Well-being

Perhaps you started a new year like so many others, wanting to take control of your finances and health, hoping to take the forward momentum of a new year and make necessary changes to shift your personal life. As a nonprofit organization with a mission of identifying and alleviating the root causes of poverty and the underlying issues that create it, we’ve compiled a list of just a few community partner programs we support through our Community Investment Fund, that offer free and low-cost services, educational programming, workshops and more to support your well-being-- financially, physically, and emotionally. 
Take a look at some of the community resources available in Asheville and Buncombe County below. **Please note this is not a comprehensive list of ALL programs available in the area. You can, however, dial 2-1-1 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, to speak with a trained specialist in our call center that can assist you in answering questions and finding the most valuable resources related to your specific situation.

FREE + Low-Cost Financial Resources in Asheville and Buncombe County

Financial resources look very different for each of us, depending on individual need. For some, debt consolidation and management are helpful, for others the issue may be crisis-related in finding and securing housing, and for many, education around systemic systems of poverty and racism is necessary while being supported in creating a plan for moving forward to a more financially healthy future. Below are three resources within this vein to consider. See a full list of FREE and low-cost programs funded by United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

OnTrack Financial & Counseling: On Track WNC Financial Education & Counseling is a community supported nonprofit that offers financial education, counseling and support to individuals in Western North Carolina. Their programs include credit building, home buying, debt management, student loan debt counseling and foreclosure prevention. Learn more about these offerings as well as upcoming workshop offerings.

Pisgah Legal Services: Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people living in Western North Carolina, including disadvantaged children, seniors, at-risk families & domestic violence victims. Every year, this organization helps thousands of people living on a low income secure safe and affordable housing. Their staff and attorneys are experienced in landlord/tenant law and work with community partners to prevent homelessness and improve access to affordable housing. Learn more about their services.

YWCA: Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World: “Poverty is not just money. There are a lot of areas that impact poverty like health, spirituality, relationships, and transportation. We look at all those areas and make Resource Building Plans to improve their lives. Participants are given 18 months of follow up, during which time I am available to help them access resources they need,” former Women’s Empowerment Director Ami Irish Greene in an interview with Katie Latino for Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. Visit YWCA for more information on the program as well as upcoming dates for 2019 and registration.

FREE + Low-Cost Health-Related Resources in Asheville and Buncombe County

Just like financial resources, health-related resources look very different for each of us. While family mediation services may be needed for one, more specific support systems such as elder-care or HIV prevention and care, domestic violence support, are needed for others. Below are three health-related resources you should be aware of in our community. See a full list of services through United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Funded Programs and remember to dial 2-1-1 to speak with someone who can help you find the most valuable resources available to you.
  • The Mediation Center: Unresolved conflict compounds stress and we all know stress kills. But sometimes people need help to resolve conflicts. The Mediation Center helps individuals, youth, families, and community groups find workable solutions. Their process is confidential and voluntary, and their mediators are trained to help people reach agreements and find long term solutions. Learn more about their offerings.
  • Council on Aging of Buncombe County: This Buncombe County nonprofit provides supportive services to individuals age 60 and older. Whether you’re learning the Medicare system, looking for services to help you stay healthy and independent at home, or need support in taking care of others, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County can help. Learn more.
  • Helpmate: Helpmate provides services to victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County, including a 24-Hour Hotline: (828) 254-0516, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, help building a safe, stable future, court advocacy, training of professionals and community leaders, preventive education for at-risk groups including youth groups. 

About United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County stands committed to reducing the impact that poverty has on the lives of children, families and communities in Asheville and Buncombe County. We are dedicated to co-creating a community where all of our neighbors share equal access to the resources necessary to attain the education, financial stability and health needed to thrive. We are grateful to do this work alongside donors, volunteers, community partners, and those most affected by inequity and poverty. Learn more about our work and how you can access resources, volunteer, or donate to help support this work.