Unique Partnership Brings Renowned Program to Local Families

Partnerships are certainly nothing new for Eblen Charities. So much of our outreach in our community and so many of the tens of thousands of children, adults, and families we serve are touched not by what Eblen does alone, but by what we do together with so many great organizations and companies.

In these difficult times, we at Eblen Charities are seeing an unprecedented number of families (many of them new) calling upon us for help. As the needs in our community continue to grow, so does our responsibility to reach out to those in times of need.

Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise have always sought partnerships with both the public and private sector to help provide assistance to those less fortunate.

Last Friday on the campus of Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, Eblen joined long-time friends and supporters Allen and Drue Ray along with their amazing company Simply Home in a new partnership that will help provide assistance and solutions to allow family members and caregivers to connect remotely to family members and extend the scope of independent living support.

A well known bumper sticker reads “Think Globally, Act Locally” and that is pretty much how this partnership came about.

This past June, SimplyHome was invited to work with ABC Television Network’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Pennsylvania to assist a young man who was involved in a gymnastics accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

SimplyHome was asked to join the project because of the innovative technology that they create to assist people to live independently in residential settings. A very busy week ensued with a heartfelt ending. When the SimplyHome tech-team  returned, one of them commented, “We volunteered for a week but were changed for a lifetime.”

Out of this opportunity, the team at SimplyHome decided  that they would like to find a way to give back to their local community. After a conversation with Eblen Charities, they decided to partner with the “No Place Like Home” program which will assist senior adults or people with disabilities in accessing assistive technology  that will support independence in the home setting.

The program will not only provide new and refurbished equipment, but also help to find resources to keep those who may have to move to an assisted living facility living safely at home.

“We are excited about our new partnership with SimplyHome and the opportunities that it brings to serve more families in our community,” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities. “Drue and Allen have been such an important part of Eblen Charities for so long and now to partner with them and SimplyHome is a great honor for all of us at Eblen.”

“It has been a privilege to work with Eblen Charities for the past 12 years. During that time, we have seen all that can be and has been done by volunteers, Eblen staff and corporate partners to meet the needs of Western North Carolinians. It will be an honor to work with Eblen to bring assistive technology solutions to the loss or lack of independence that many persons with disabilities or concerns due to aging face. We are looking forward to partnering with Eblen Charities to better the lives of individuals and families living in our community,” state Allen and Drue Ray, founders of Simply Home.

For more information on SimplyHome please visit their website at

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