about

Family Care Center
Our Mission

What We Stand For

The Family Care Center opened in 1988 when the Hickory Soup Kitchen saw many homeless families with children needing food and shelter. Local churches provided initial support, and Family Care Center of Catawba Valley incorporated in 1993. We continue to receive spiritual and financial support from the faith community, remembering the words from Matthew: “I was a stranger and you took me in.” We have grown from two rooms in one building serving six families a year to 22 housing units in the Catawba Valley serving approximately 70 families with over 100 children per year. These families are exchanging an unstable, often hostile environment for a safe and secure home. Even with this growth, we turn away about one-half of our applicants, largely due to lack of space.

Our Vision

What we do

Our vision is to continually reduce the number of homeless families in this community with compassion, professionalism, and efficiency. We envision a time when we will no longer have to turn families away, when every desperate family that comes to us can be given the opportunity to return to self sufficiency, and provide their children with a stable home.

Our Staff

Rachel Heck

Executive Director
rachelheck@familycare-center.org
828.324.9917 ext. 4

Alexis Hasson

Social Worker
ahasson@familycare-center.org
828.324.9917 ext. 2

Cheyenne Watson

Office Manager
cwatson@familycare-center.org
828.324.9917 ext. 5

Lamar Shelley

Maintenance
fcc@familycare-center.org
828.324.9917 ext. 6

Karen Adams

Bookkeeper
kadams@familycare-center.org
828.324.9917 ext. 3

Jane Earnest

Consultant
jearnest@familycare-center.org
828.324.9917 ext. 1

Board of Directors

Wen Tate – President

Shana White – Past-President

Jacob Adkins – President Elect

Mark Huegerich – Treasurer

Clay Abernathy, Attorney – Secretary

Keli Osborne – Guest Advocate

Marsha Diamonti

Dr. Jay Davis Robison

Meghan Young

Lt. David Rockett

Hunt Shuford

Jennifer Forrester

Mindy Bolick

Debra Byrd