Rotary Club commits to build a ministry apartment

Black Mountain Rotary Club member John DeWitt presents Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry executive director Cheryl Wilson a $100,000 check to help the ministry build apartments for homeless women and children.

The Black Mountain Rotary Club has given Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry $100,000 as part of its $125,000 commitment to underwrite two-bedroom apartments that the ministry is building for homeless women and their children.

“Our members are fully committed to this community need," club president Sam Hobson said. 

John DeWitt, the Rotary member who helped coordinate the fundraising project for the club, said "although we still need to raise another $25,000, we wanted to get these funds to the (ministry), as we know they need to pay bills. We should have the additional commitment from our members and will present the additional $25,000 to them soon.”

The Black Mountain Rotary Club is part of a worldwide organization with more than 1.2 million members whose motto is “Service above Self.” The local club has been involved in service projects in Black Mountain for many years. It sponsors the Imagination Library for young children, provides food to students and families each week, and is part of the effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

For more about the club or any of its activities, contact Hobson at 357-8128 or