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The Friendship House is the only year round emergency homeless shelter in the North Carolina Smoky Mountain Continuum of Care/North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness that accepts Men, Women and Children. The Smoky Mountain Continuum serves Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. We also provide emergency services to surrounding counties in North Georgia and Eastern Tennessee. In November 2005, the house underwent a massive community wide volunteer renovation, and the Hurlburt-Johnson Friendship House, Inc. emerged and reopened with an all volunteer Board of Directors.
Our volunteers staff nearly 2,000 hours per month at both shelter and thrift store operations. We have now provided in excess of 70,000 nights of shelter, nearly 120,000 hours of volunteer service, provided in excess of 3,000 clothing vouchers for individuals and families and served nearly 250,000 meals. We also provide emergency clothing and food for non-residents that are referred by local churches and social service agencies. All residents are required to complete a successful criminal background check prior to beginning the intake process. We do not accept anyone convicted of a violent crime or a crime against children. All new residents are required to pass alcohol and drug testing and upon acceptance are subject to random testing. Upon acceptance into the shelter, in-house crisis management assesses and develops a course of service needs specialized for each individual client to help them gain independence and achieve self-sufficiency. All able-bodied residents are required to follow a program of assessment, job training or vocational rehabilitation, job search, volunteering and employment.  We work closely with residents that are in need of other social service programs.
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Friendship House P.O. Box 422 Murphy NC 28906
(828)-837-2654
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Donations of household items and  clothing are always needed and  accepted. Pick up is available. All  proceeds go to support the Friendship House homeless shelter.
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Are you or someone you know in  need of shelter.  Click on the link below to find out how to start the  intake process.
Far too many veterans are  homeless in America. There are  200,000 on any given night. Three  times that many veterans are  struggling with excessive rent.
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