Are you being served? County budget woes have local nonprofits facing the ax-attachment0

Are you being served? County budget woes have local nonprofits facing the ax

Grappling with their toughest budget in a decade, the Buncombe County commissioners have been debating austerity measures that would put the squeeze on many local nonprofits for the foreseeable future. And amid a still-sputtering economy, most of those groups are already struggling after years of rising demand and dwindling funding sources.

Breaking the silence: Health care reform provides free domestic-violence screening-attachment0

Breaking the silence: Health care reform provides free domestic-violence screening

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most women can now have conversations about domestic violence with their doctor without having to worry about the cost. Effective Aug. 1, domestic-violence screening is one of eight free preventive services for women. Domestic violence survivor Sharone Owen shares her story about how one conversation with her doctor may have saved her life. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)

Thank you Jerry Sternberg

I would like to thank [frequent Mountain Xpress Commentary contributor] Jerry Sternberg for bringing the subject of domestic violence to the attention of Xpress readers by offering the proceeds from his book, The Gospel According to Jerry, to Helpmate, the local nonprofit agency providing shelter for [domestic-violence] victims and their children, a 24-hour hotline, counseling, […]

Helpmate needs help

Thanks to Jerry Sternberg for donating the proceeds from his 80th birthday edition of The Gospel According to Jerry to Helpmate. It is with the support of a generous community that Helpmate has been able to provide services to victims and survivors of domestic violence in Buncombe County for over 30 years. Helpmate provides emergency […]

Males, war and PTSD

Our VOINCAs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grind on, another threat is growing here at home. And though it’s invisible, it has the same potential to spawn abuse, maiming and death. This threat targets the families and loved ones of untreated or poorly treated soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and other emotional conditions […]