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Homeward Bound of WNC

Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 09:49 AM EST
News 13 continues our challenge to help give back. Our morning anchors are spotlighting 3 local charities every month. Voting opens up on our WLOS Facebook Page next Monday, for one of them to win $1,000 from our partners, Bryan Easler Toyota.

Last week we told you about the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter. It's a warm place for the homeless to sleep during the cold winter months that also provides outreach. This week, we are spotlighting Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina. They also work to end homelessness with real housing solutions and support.

Once homeless and struggling with addiction issues, Sarah Lomax moves into her new rental home with help from the non-profit organization, Homeward Bound. Lomax says, "when I was down and out, I thought nobody cared, but these people care."

Emily Ball with Homeward  Bound, says permanent housing is what they do. Ball says it's their role to "move people directly out of homelessness into an apartment and provide financial support and case management support, so that they're able to stay in that apartment longterm."

Sarah Lomax has relied on the agency for years to help straighten out her life through counseling and job retraining. Now, she holds keys to success. It's an opportunity other program participants aspire to reach.

If Homeward Bound wins the Charity Challenge, Ball says the money will be used to help buy things for people's new apartments. It will help provide a hand of support until clients are completely on their own.

To find out more about Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina, click here.

Next Monday, we'll spotlight the final charity in this month's challenge. Be sure to tune in and see which non-profit you think is most deserving of the $1,000 prize.Homeward Bound of WNC

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