828-581-0596 [email protected]

      EAT – SHOP – DONATE Today & Help At-Promise Kids!

      Thrift Store Donations Needed. For furniture and other large item donation pickup, call (828) 581-0583.

      About Black Mountain Home

      Begun by Presbyterian minister Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families began its ministry taking in Appalachian children whose parents had died or disappeared. Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living.



      The Mountain Home Thrift Store: Cheryl’s Place provides jobs and training for older youth who are preparing for adulthood by participating in one of our four apprenticeship program tracks:

      • culinary arts
      • outdoor leadership/recreation
      • hospitality/housekeeping
      • maintenance/automotive

      After completing a year-long, on-campus training and work experience program, youth are paired with a local business for a paid internship. The goal is for the business to offer continued employment to the intern at a living wage.

      Revenue from the store also helps support the children at Black Mountain Home as government funding continues to dwindle. When you shop at the Mountain Home Thrift Store:Cheryl’s Place, you’re supporting our at-promise youth and helping them realize their potential!


      Tuesday- Friday: 10 am – 5:30 pm

      Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm


      Thirteen Pennies CAFÉ:

      Thirteen Pennies Café is housed inside the Mountain Home Thrift Store building. It offers breakfast and lunch items while providing training and hands-on job experience for youth in the culinary arts training track of the Home’s Apprenticeship Program. The café is named for the first financial gift made to the ministry in 1904.


      When Rev. Robert Perry Smith approached what was then the Asheville Presbytery about starting an orphanage in Western North Carolina, he was asked how he proposed to pay for such a venture. That’s when Hazel Johnson—only a child herself—gave Smith the first donation for the ministry—13 Indian head pennies. From that small foundation, the children’s home has grown into a thriving ministry providing care and support for countless children.


      Black Mountain Home Roast coffee is now available. This Honduras roast is a single-origin, direct trade, specialty grade coffee grown at elevation with an excellent cupping score of 86. Whole beans and fresh ground bags are available for purchase at the cafe, or by calling 828-581-0593 to have them shipped. Sales benefit kids at BMH as well as an orphanage in Honduras where the coffee is grown! Double your impact!

      Click on menu to see full details.


      Thirteen Pennies Cafe

      Thirteen Pennies Café is part of the Black Mountain Home Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program, which provides job skills and training to youth who are participating in the 18 to 21 year old Independent Living Program.


      Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM – 4 PM

      Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM

      People With Purpose Volunteer Program

      Individual and group volunteers are invited to share their time and talents to help Black Mountain Home. Volunteer needs range from pulling weeds to construction projects, tutors, administrative support, and more. Top on-going needs include individuals who can commit to regular shifts in our thrift store and cafe (background checks required) and groups that can tackle maintenance projects.

      To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Catrina Dillard by email at [email protected] or by phone at 828-686-3451 , extension 139.


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