828-581-0596 [email protected]
The thrift store is currently OPEN with safety protocols in place. The café is open for carry-out, drive-thru, and at 50% capacity for dine-in. We have great outdoor seating as well! Thanks for your support!

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 serves a two-fold purpose at BMH. First, it provides jobs and training for older youth as they work toward adulthood. Second, it provides income for the ministry as government funding continues to dwindle. The store is just one element of the Home’s Apprenticeship Program which will initially include four training tracks: culinary arts, outdoor leadership/recreation, hospitality/housekeeping, and maintenance/automotive. Youth participate in a year-long training program that includes hands-on work experience on campus before being paired with a local business providing a paid internship. Once youth complete the program the goal is for the sponsor business to consider offering them continued employment at a living wage.

When you shop at the Mountain Home Thrift Store, 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. One pound ground and whole bean or fresh ground bags are available for $12.99 + tax ($13.90). You can purchase them by visiting the cafe, by calling 828-581-0593 to have them shipped, or by visiting our eBay store. Sales benefit our kids at BMH as well as an orphanage in Honduras where the coffee is grown! Double your impact!


Tuesday – Friday: 7 am – 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Volunteer With Us!

Individuals, groups, children, adults, professionals, novices–all are invited to share your time and talents at Black Mountain Home. Volunteer opportunities range from pulling weeds to construction projects. Top on-going needs include individuals who can commit to regular tutoring (background checks required) and groups that can tackle general maintenance projects.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Jimmy Harmon at [email protected] or call him at 828-686-3451 x139.

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