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.
P.O. Box 422
Murphy NC 28906
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.
Are you or someone you know in
need of shelter. Click on the link
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