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Funding for WNC Disability Agencies

Evergreen Foundation Announces $493,614 in Funding for WNC Disability Agencies

The Evergreen Foundation board of directors voted at their June meeting to provide $493,614 in first quarter funding to twelve agencies providing programs and services for individuals with Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. The grants were awarded through a competitive grant process to the agencies which are located throughout Western North Carolina.       Read More →

Mental Illness and Children: Stigma often prevents treatment

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) there are over four million children and adolescents in the United States suffering from a serious mental disorder that creates significant difficulties at home, at school and with their peers.  In addition NAMI reports that twenty-one percent or one in five children ages 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment. Even though the numbers are staggering NAMI reports that only about twenty percent of these children and adolescents are identified and receive mental health treatment. Read More →

Can excessive worry be a sign of deeper concerns?

People worry about many things; health, money, relationships or was the iron left on, did the lights get turned off, or what to fix for dinner. When this worry preoccupies someone’s life it can be characterized as an anxiety disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America and affect 20% of the population at any given time. Anxiety disorders generally occur twice as often in women as men. Although the disorder develops gradually and can begin at any point in the life cycle, the years of highest risk are between childhood and middle age. Read More →

Evergreen Foundation Provides $185,643 in Funding for WNC Disability Agencies

At their June meeting, the Evergreen Foundation board of directors voted to provide $185,643 in funding to nine agencies providing programs and services for individuals with Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities. The grants were awarded through a competitive grant process to the agencies which are located throughout Western North Carolina. The following grants were awarded. Read More →

Agency Looks At Support Needs for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

When Jerry Sandusky was tried and convicted in 2012 the world was appalled that the sexual abuse had taken place and even more so that the perpetrator of the sexual abuse was such a “well-liked and influential person” in the lives of those young boys. In sexual abuse of children, that is usually the case.

It would be nice to think that this isn’t an issue in our NC Mountains but the news media has recently shared stories of convictions throughout western NC. These cases as in the Sandusky case were perpetrated by uncles, stepparents, siblings, other children, babysitters, trusted friends and even parents. Read More →

Prescription Drug Program Helps Community

Like so many programs that have made a positive impact on individuals in our mountain community, the Meridian Behavioral Health Services Patient Assistance Program (PAP) grew out of one staff person just wanting to assist someone in need. About 4 years ago Kyler Robbins, a counselor with Meridian, was assisting a woman in their Recovery Education Center in Haywood County. She was prescribed a costly antidepressant medication that she was unable to afford on her fixed income. Read More →

Evergreen Foundation and Webster Enterprises: Creating Opportunities

Opportunity, according to the dictionary is defined as a good chance for advancement or progress.  This is most definitely the key theme behind the expansion of the Webster Enterprises sewing operations.

A year ago Webster Enterprises began sewing cloth face masks for another community rehabilitation program, Industrial Opportunities, in Andrews. The operation began on a very small scale but was a strategic move for Webster Enterprises. Read More →

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

For twenty-six years the month of March has been known as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The declaration was made by President Ronald Reagan and tremendous strides have been made over the years to promote and protect the rights of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to live, learn, work and play as valued and contributing members of their communities. Read More →