In addition to our weekly education and worship services we also operate the “B.E.A.R. Closet” directly adjacent to the church building. The B.E.A.R. name stands for “Baby Equipment And Resource Closet”. This is an outreach ministry assisting needy families with basic needs for children.
The program assists low income and expectant parents living at or below poverty level and who are struggling to provide for their children from premies up to age 6.
Clothing, diapers, toys, strollers, baby food and other essential items are available to qualified families. While most items are free, others are loaned out with the anticipation that they be returned when the child has outgrown the item or it is no longer needed. Car seats are also often available for sale or given on loan from the closet.
We are part of a group consisting of five area United Methodist Churches located in the Asheville NC area. Our closet is open from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Other locations of B.E.A.R. Closets are open on different days and weeks of each month. Being one body of area closets the forms used to qualify may be used at any of the five area closets.
If you would like more information concerning the project you can visit the B.E.A.R. Closet website by clicking here or by stopping by the closet during the hours of operation.