News about programs at Mountain Projects

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We, Mountain Projects: Karen Chambers

Karen Chambers, a folk artist (Thosekookychickens.com) lives in Highlands and thought it impossible to afford insurance as a self-employed person. She saw an Affordable Care Act flyer in the post office, though, and recognized the insurance…
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We, Mountain Projects: Darlene McElrath

Darlene McElrath has watched her mother cope with a common challenge: staying in her longtime home, but struggling to shop, clean and prepare meals. For 15 years McElrath has served as Mountain Projects’ Senior Services Coordinator,…
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We, Mountain Projects: Dayton Hensley

Few people have a longer relationship with Mountain Projects than Dayton Hensley. Hensley, 59, suffered physical abuse as a child and has a learning disability as a result. He got his first job through Mountain Projects at age 14, sweeping…
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We, Mountain Projects: Vivian Bumgarner

When Vivian Bumgarner arrived at Mountain Projects 36 years ago, the first impression she made was of a willingness to roll up her sleeves and get right to work. The Executive Director at the time, George Carpenter, recruited her from a landscaping…
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Smoky Mountain Housing Partnership Welcomes Executive Director Heather Boyd

When Heather Boyd gave birth to her daughter, Casey, she suffered severe complications which threatened her life. She went through 11 liters of blood on the operating table, which is no small thing, given the body only holds about five. Two…

Health Insurance Counseling at Mountain Projects

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act lasts until December 15, 2020, and Mountain Projects offers free insurance counseling with western North Carolina Health Insurance Marketplace certified application counselors…