West Asheville Presbyterian Church receives grant from Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Press release from West Asheville Presbyterian Church:


Asheville, NC – (February 26, 2015) – The Asheville Presbyterian Church is proud to announce

that it has received a $25,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve

Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling over $600,137 awarded by the Reeve

Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and

daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived

by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,400 grants totaling over $18 million

since 1999.


West Asheville Presbyterian Church will use the grant, along with other funds to make its

Dining Room and Kitchen and bathrooms fully wheel chair accessible. This will make that space

useful for groups and organizations needing a place for meetings, gatherings and meals.

West Asheville has already embarked on an effort to use its building as a community center for

West Asheville, with a variety of groups and organizations meeting in the building. These

improvements to the lower floor will open the facility up to many more such groups and



The officers and members of the West Asheville Presbyterian Church are most grateful to the

Reeves Foundation for making these improvements possible. Pastor Kent Smith has

commented that: “Our goal is to serve the people of West Asheville without restrictions or

concerns.” An Elder of the church, Mr. Pat Price has been appointed to oversee the project of

making the building accessible to all.


“The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting programs and resources that foster

independent living, improved health and community engagement,” said Maggie Goldberg, Vice

President of Policy and Programs, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The recognized

grantees are instrumental to our work at the Reeve Foundation as we strive to serve the

disability community with a roadmap of resources and programs to enhance their quality of



The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to

address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide

assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals

living with spinal cord injury and other injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not

limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral

sclerosis (ALS). The grants support life-changing initiatives that aim to increase quality of life

by improving physical and emotional health, broadening community engagement,

and increasing independence. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative

agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number



About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding

innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through

grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for

charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a

program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the

Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

(cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00). For more information, please visit our

website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

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