Helpmate, a domestic violence agency serving Asheville and Buncombe County, NC, purchased the Sisters of Mercy Convent building in 2006.
The convent, which had housed nuns since its construction in 1975, offered ample space for Helpmate to bring all of its programs under one roof for the first time.
Helpmate’s new building increases the number of emergency shelter bedrooms from three to seven and the number of available beds from 14 to 25. It provides 2,356 additional square feet for the combined shelter and administrative services, a 37 percent increase in total space.
In addition to increased space, Helpmate can now offer increased security as well as intake, triage, and group counseling services on site.
We first worked with Helpmate in 2006. In 2014, we helped them again, doing a feasibility assessment to determine the impact that current zoning ordinances and building codes would have on their new plans for expansion.