Try a little tenderness

Even when we’re feeling warm and fuzzy and inspired to do good, we often gravitate toward certain categories of people in need while overlooking others. The following two groups offer a corrective to this regrettable tendency, demonstrating the value of putting women and children first.

Women at Risk

“We believe in treating women with respect and dignity and offering people new choices, ways to change their circumstances. We don't believe in punishment; we believe in helping a woman come to her potential.” — Casey Schoenauer, case manager

What they do: Provide group therapy, substance-abuse treatment, court advocacy, case management and adolescent services for women just out of custody.

What they need: Financial support, feminine-hygiene products, donations for mothers’ gift bags for mothers.

Wanna help? Volunteers for weekly Wednesday client lunch are welcome.

Need help? For more information, go to or call 252-2485.

Partners: United Way

WNCAP's Children's Wish List

“This is for low-income clients — kids who live with HIV and AIDS — and it would make them really happy.” — Executive Director Jeff Bachar

What they do: Special holiday service provides gifts for clients’ children and grandchildren (newborn through age 18) who are living with or directly affected by HIV or AIDS.

What they need: Depends on what’s requested: ranges from items such as clothes, dolls and gift cards to “no specific request.”

Wanna help? Visit the WNCAP website ( and click on the Children's Wish List page. Pick a child to help, then follow the instructions.

Need help? WNCAP accepts clients who are HIV-positive; often they’re also low-income. To learn more, go to, call 252-7489 and schedule a meeting.

Partners: Loving Food Resources, WNC Community Health Services, Youth OUTright.

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