logoBlack Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center (BMPCCC) recently received a $10,000 People in Need Grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Funds will support the Center’s affordable counseling program, which will provide much needed support for lower-income residents of Swannanoa and Black Mountain, including children, parents, individuals, and families, who cannot afford to pay for counseling on their own.


The average counseling session in Buncombe County is $80 to $120, which some residents cannot easily afford. With the Affordable Counseling Program offered by the Center, clients can pay as little as $10 for a session based on their income. “In 2012 and 2013, 80 to 95 percent of our clients needed financial assistance to pay for their counseling sessions,” explains Board Chair Jim Skidmore. “The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is providing a great service to our community by allowing these funds to help us subsidize our clients’ sessions. We can now offer much-needed services to lower-income residents of the Swannanoa Valley.”

The Community Foundation offers People in Need Grants up to $20,000 for outstanding programs or projects that promise significant impact for economically-disadvantaged people in our mountain communities. Grants are funded in part by the Janirve Legacy Fund and CFWNC affiliate funds and fundholders. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $14 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. More information can be found at www.cfwnc.org.

Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center provides emotional and behavioral counseling to children, adults, and families within Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Old Fort, and Asheville. The Center is committed to bridging the mental health services gap and keeping low-income clients from falling through the cracks. Grants and individual donations allow them to provide financial assistance to individuals who do not have insurance. To learn more about Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center, please call (828) 669-9798 or visit www.bmpccc.org.