“A disagreement turns into a shooting”

     The Juneteenth celebrations were an opportunity for all of Asheville to celebrate the culture and strength of the black community. Vendors, food trucks, local artists and musicians came to honor their ancestors and to nurture community.      As the Saturday evening celebrations came to a close, a shooting occurred between two individuals […]

SPARCing Safe Communities

WATCH THE STORY HERE and learn about  these dedicated and  well-trained community members who will be pivotal in reducing violence and meeting the needs of local residents living in long-underserved communities. 

Partnering to increase safety in Asheville

Partnering to increase safety in Asheville CLICK HERE for the latest WLOS NEWS 13 story about SPARC’S creative community partnership with My Daddy Taught me That and Resources for Resilience. The longterm goal is to end local gun violence while bringing much needed and overdue resources and hope to our neighbors today. 

SPARCing Sustainable Careers

SPARCing Sustainable Careers Buncombe County’s INCLUSIVE Hiring Partners joined the great families and energy at Hillcrest! The SPARC Foundation team enjoyed the conversations, food and family fun with community members and partners. Thankful for this time to get to know our neighbors even better and to team with other local employers to successfully bridge opportunity […]

Staff Spotlight – Benjamin Gifford – SPARC’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Staff Spotlight – Benjamin Gifford – SPARC’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program      Coming up on his one-year anniversary, Benjamin has never known teaching and facilitating SPARC’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program face-to-face. Everything went virtual within days of his coming onboard. And though he looks forward to safely welcoming groups back into the office, Benjamin and the […]