About Us

Our Mission

To make available to people from all walks of life, of every age and stage, help with life’s daily details in a way that employs the highest levels of quality and customer service and builds wealth for our worker-owners.

Our Vision

Develop a worker owned co-op to address the Social Determinants of Health, specifically around education and economics, by providing training opportunities leading to living wage, employment, and entrepreneurship to build wealth among community members.

Our Story

Timeline of the cooperative’s history coming soon!

Living Wages and Worker-Ownership

We are committed to paying our work-owners a living wage. This allows them to focus on serving our community and clients without having to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.

Worker-ownership means that employees hold ownership of the business, and can build wealth while supporting their community with their services and by putting money directly back into the local economy.

As a cooperative we align ourselves with the values and principles of the International Cooperative Alliance.

“We can provide dignity and a living wage for our worker-owners. Being a co-op owner is more than just working for a company. You’re figuring how to make it work and be sustainable. You have to grow and be flexible.”

Kathey Avery, Worker-Owner and Founding Member
Kathey Avery describes how our team compassionately meets the needs of both our clients, our community, and our worker-owners.

Our Community Partners

Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement

ABIPA promotes economic, social, and health parity achievement for African Americans and other people of color in Buncombe County through advocacy, education, research, and community partnerships.

You can make a tax-deductible donate to support ABIPA’s mission.

Self-Help Credit Union

Self-Help Credit Union’s mission is creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunity for all. Self-Help does this by providing responsible financial services, lending to small businesses and nonprofits, developing real estate and promoting fair financial practices. Their focus is on those who may be underserved by conventional lenders, including people of color, women, rural residents and low-wealth families and communities.

Dogwood Health Trust

Dogwood Health Trust is a private non-operating foundation (meaning that it grants money to other organizations) with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.

Dogwood Health Trust was established to receive the proceeds from the sale of the assets of the nonprofit Mission Health System to HCA Healthcare in January 2019. The Trust is not affiliated in any way with either Mission Health System or HCA. It is governed and operated as an independent entity under the charge of its CEO and Board of Directors.