Local restaurant raising money to purchase gifts for formerly homeless children in WNC


    Photo credit: Rezaz Mediterranean Restaurant

    One of Asheville’s popular restaurants is helping give back to a local charity helping to provide for formerly homeless families.

    Rezaz Mediterranean Restaurant owners Brian and Laura Smith have been working with Homeward Bound to ensure folks who were once homeless but are now moving into their own home have food to complete their transition.

    “We wanted to help in the only way we know how - through food, said Brian Smith. We have been working with Homeward Bound’s case workers to bring a first meal" to newly homed families and individuals. It’s a welcome to the neighborhood so to speak. We call it the Home-First Program.”

    The Smith’s get a meal wish list from each Homeward Bound client who is moving into housing. They can either choose the chef’s choice or they can pick their own meal. The formerly homeless individuals list allergies and their preferences and then Chef Brian cooks up a delicious meal which is delivered by the case manager on the day the individual or family moves in to their own home.

    Through the Home-First program, Brian and Laura discovered that there were children involved and they wanted to do something for them this holiday season. So, Rezaz owners are raising money from restaurant staff, patrons and others to buy gifts for 26 kids ranging in age from infant to 18, who, thanks to Homeward Bound, will be in their own home for the holidays.

    The gifts are being collected and stored at Rezaz at 28 Hendersonville Rd. and will be picked up by Homeward Bound case managers beginning Thursday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 23 and delivered to the children.

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