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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Macon New Beginnings Awarded Evergreen Foundation Grant




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Macon New Beginnings, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded an Evergreen Foundation grant.  The grant will be used to develop the first-ever Macon County community’s strategic plan to address its homeless challenge.  Input from our community stakeholders is vital in developing this plan.  Macon New Beginnings looks forward to working with our community in this critical first step.

Macon New Beginnings, Inc. is helping the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless in Macon County.  Macon New Beginnings, Inc. programs provide prevention services, crisis shelter, a weekly evening meal, homeless awareness and advocacy, and service referrals.  In 2015 Macon New Beginnings, Inc. served 32 homeless and 60 nearly homeless men, women and children, and in 2016 we served 65 homeless and 136 nearly homeless men, women and children.

The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates 38% of homeless people were dependent on alcohol and 26% abused other drugs.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 25% of the homeless population in the US suffers from some form of severe mental illness.  Macon County, NC tracks along with these estimates.  People with substance abuse and mental health issues are significant in the homeless population.

The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment, and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities or behavioral health and/or substance abuse needs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.   The Evergreen Foundation’s focus for funding is improving the lives of those who have mental health, developmental delay, or substance abuse issues. 


For more information contact:

Macon New Beginnings, Inc.                                                    Evergreen Foundation
131 Franklin Plaza Dr, Box 228                                                 28A Oak Street
Franklin, NC 28734                                                                  Waynesville, NC 28786
828-202-3103                                                                            828-456-8005
www.maconnewbeginnings.org                                                evergreenfoundationnc.org
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