• Welcome to Black Mountain Home

    Begun by Presbyterian minister Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, the Home began its ministry taking in Appalachian children whose parents had died or disappeared. Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living.

Second Century of Hope Campaign Update

If you’ve visited the Home in recent months, you’ve likely noticed work underway on the corner of Lake Eden Road and Tennoca Drive. That cleared lot will soon be the site of a thrift store and coffee shop–a key piece in developing the ministry’s new Apprenticeship Program as well as decreasing our dependence on government funding.
Fundraising for the new program is well under way with several foundations recently providing funds for construction and staffing of the program. As of the end of 2017, more than $2 million of the $3.5 million goal had been raised thanks in part to the following foundations and businesses meeting specific campaign needs.
  • The Duke Endowment – $250,000 over two years for staffing and materials
  • The Cannon Foundation – $75,000 for new construction
  • The Glass Foundation – $75,000 for program support
  • The Genesis Alliance – $40,000 for new construction
  • The Charis Foundation – $25,000 for program support (second gift)
  • Publix Super Markets Charities – $10,000 for program support
  • Black Mountain Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund – $10,000 for program support
  • The Hayes Family Foundation – $10,000 for program support
  • The Wells Fargo Foundation – $10,000 for program support
  • Many individuals, business, and churches making generous gifts.

While funds are in place for phase one of the Second Century of Hope campaign which includes the thrift store/coffee shop as well as an auto shop and RV park, funding is still needed for phase two which includes a pool and activities center. Here’s how you can help:

  • Invite friends and family to honor a veteran at our Veterans Memorial Terrace. Funds raised support Phase II of the Second Century of Hope Campaign.
  • Come to a Guided Ministry Tour (check the event calendar for dates) to see the progress we’re making and bring a friend who might be as passionate as you are about changing children’s lives for the better.
  • Arrange for staff to give a ministry and campaign presentation for your church or community group. Call Sarah Thomas at 828-686-3451 to make arrangements.
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