Walk-in Appointments Available
Monday - Friday: 10am - 12pm
(828) 264-1237 ext. 2
Everyday households in our community face eviction, utility cutoffs, heating fuel shortage and prescription medication needs. Since 2002, Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) has been providing help to community members who find themselves in these situations. Often, such assistance ultimately prevents a family from becoming homeless. The program coordinator provides guidance and helps the client create a plan for overcoming recurrent situations through information and referrals. Clients served by the program are also offered follow up counseling to help them achieve stability.
The need for crisis assistance is great as Watauga County currently has the highest rate of poverty - 32.1% - in North Carolina. WeCAN continues to see significant increases in the demand for services, especially homelessness prevention. The program relies 100% on donations from faith communities, civic groups and individuals.
Annually, WeCAN provides assistance to over 1000 Watauga households, administers BREMCO’s Operation Round-Up and Round-Up Plus, NRLP’s Good Neighbor Round-Up Program and HUD’s Rapid Rehousing Program.
To date, WeCAN has provided or arranged for almost $1.75 million in assistance.