Success - We Own 218 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
Thanks to Everyone for Helping Us Buy our Home!
After decades of service, WCCJ/Women At Risk
has purchased 218 Patton Avenue. Designed
in 1904 by the gifted architect Richard Sharp Smith, the Mrs. Minnie Alexander Cottage is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s considered a robust and mature example
of Smith’s “Old English” style.
It’s also — for many reasons —
the ideal building for what we do.
Success and Sustainability
Almost 90% success rate for Women At Risk
graduates is no accident. Since we’ve moved to 218 Patton Ave., we have doubled the number
of clients we serve and tripled the number of treatment groups. In
December, 2001, WCCJ/Women At Risk was licensed by the state of NC as an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. The safe and
nurturing environment of this house eliminates the fear and
intimidation factors of more institutional settings and facilitates healing and recovery.
This permanent home for our programs allows us to redirect rental monies toward client programs and services, and enhance our financial viability.
Both internally and externally, our community base is better served by our downtown location, which is accessible by bus line and sits within walking distance of homeless shelters and
other social services agencies.
Our unique programs have created innovative
opportunities for service learning, community involvement, and hands-on experience and
training for students at area colleges, including UNC-Asheville, Mars Hill, and Warren Wilson.
Saving Tax dollars
Cost studies have shown that Women At Risk program saves the state (and the taxpayer) about $40 per client for every day she is not in prison.
Women Helping Women
The support our clients receive from professional staff, graduates, and each other is critical to the success of Women At Risk. The home-like setting at 218 Patton Ave. allows children to play while mothers attend sessions. The shared life
experiences, from parenting tips to mentoring, give women the type of family support and encouragement they have so often missed.
All donors of who
contributed $500 and above to the purchase of 218 Patton
Ave is permanently acknowledged
on a wall plaque within the building.