Ah, the joy of Spring in the North Carolina mountains…..
…and, you know I will be investigating my surroundings. Walked the balmy, hilly streets of Black Mountain yesterday, a cozy, charming town with local crafts, a friendly Visitor Center, plus a unique restaurant, La Guinguette Creperie, with French & Latin cuisine (see left). Delicious.
Why am I here? In 2014 fellow volunteers at Heifer texted about BMH (Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families). On a visit in January, I toured a picturesque 200-acre campus to hear that BMH has been caring for abandoned, abused, neglected, and orphaned children in Western NC since 1920’s. BMH serves youth from birth to college through loving residential care, education and independent skill programs such as bike/motorized cycle maintenance to prepare for life in the “real world”. Future plans include culinary arts. How great is that! BMH is faith based and ethnically diverse. The BMH Annual Report states 73% of budget goes to programs; 19.5% to administrative costs. Dedicated staff and dorm parents offer a home environment and spiritual guidance. I am pleased to have been invited to volunteer at this special place.
Next issue, I will report on the architectural walking trail of Asheville and, of course, my visit to the Biltmore. Looking forward to their gardens.
Parkinson’s update: Stress remains a Parkinson’s patient’s enemy. The BMH environment is relaxed and enjoyable. Current volunteer needs are library and maintenance (or whatever you wish to offer). Comon’ down.