The Family Resource Center at Emma (FRCE) is located on the campus of Emma Elementary School in the Emma Community. The FRCE improves a family’s financial stability by providing emergency assistance through a food pantry; a clothing closet; emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities; parenting classes and holiday assistance. In addition, we provide case management to those who are requesting assistance on an on-going basis. We work with families individually to bring them out of crisis and to financial stability.
Residents living in the Emma Community would have to travel out of Emma to receive these services, which presents a transportation barrier. In fact, the Emma Community does not have your typical amenities such as a library, community center, parks or sidewalks. The FRCE is considered the “hub” of the community.
These services are available to both English and Latino families living in the Emma Community. For more information on our services for the Latino Community, please visit the Latino Outreach Program page.
Services at Children First/CIS Family Resource Center
To receive a food box, you must have children living in the home and reside in the Emma Community or have a child enrolled in one of our three after-school learning centers. Recipients need to bring proof of residency in the form of a bill or current piece of mail with address. To show proof of children living in the home, the recipient can bring a Medicare or Medicaid card or school records. If you are unsure if you live within the Emma Community, please call 252-4810.
To receive Emergency Financial Services to pay for rent or delinquent utilities you must have children living in the home and reside in the Emma Community or have a child enrolled in one of our three after-school learning centers. If you are unsure if you live within the Emma Community, please call 252-4810 and we will check your address.
To receive children’s clothes from our clothing closet, you must have children in the home and live in the Emma Community or have a child enrolled in one of our three after-school learning centers.
This class is open to anyone in Buncombe County. MotherRead is a program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues. Parents learn to use the power of language to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities.This class is offered to both English and Latino participants. Call 252-4810 for more information.
Love & Logic Parenting Class: This class is open to anyone in Buncombe County. Put the fun back in parenting while teaching your children consequences to their actions. Through videos, workbooks and sharing, participants learn techniques to become more effective parents. This class is offered to both English and Latino participants. Call 828-252-4810 for more information.
Triple P: Positive Parenting Program® is one-on-one consultation with a Triple P trained professional, and is offered to both English and Spanish speaking parents. Call 828-252-4810 or email Lisa Barlow at LisaB@childrenfirstbc.org or Norma Brown at NormaB@childrenfirstbc.org to arrange for a consultation. This class is open to anyone in Buncombe County
Children First/CIS partnerships are critical to our success at the FRCE. MANNA Foodbank provides food for our food pantry at low cost. Emma Elementary School provides the facility of our resource center and refers clients to us. We are a partner with the BEACON/Advantage System to document the services we provide to clients that other local non-profit agencies can track where the clients have received other services.
Additional success is credited to the Children First/CIS volunteers. These volunteers include our Board of Directors but also include community volunteers who come and help with the day-to-day activities of the organization. Volunteers at the FRCE help with preparing food boxes, sorting the clothing closet, cleaning the FRCE, working in the community garden, helping with annual events such as the annual fundraising event and the holiday giving program.
Directions to the Children First/CIS Family Resource Center at Emma:
37 Brickyard Road, Asheville 28806 on the campus of Emma Elementary
From Patton Avenue, turn north onto Louisiana Avenue (next to Kmart shopping center).
Cross the railroad tracks and turn left at the traffic light onto Emma Road.
Take your first right onto Brickyard Road.
Turn right into the entrance of Emma Elementary School.
In the parking lot, turn left towards the playground, go up towards the playground then turn right.
Ahead, you will see two portable buildings on the left. The Family Resource Center is the light brown portable building with the wooden ramp.
If the Center’s parking lot is full, you may park in the school’s lot.
Children First/Communities In Schools Buncombe County
Family Resource Center at Emma Mailing Address:
50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #246
Asheville, NC 28801
fax: (828) 281-3308
Family Resource Center Physical Address: See driving directions above
37 Brickyard Road
Asheville, NC 28806