Creating a Family

This national non-profit has a local chapter in Brevard. Its role is to support adoptive, foster and kinship families. Foster and kinship parents (most often grandparents) are on the front line of child welfare caring for neglected and abused children. These children are often left with both physical and emotional scars from childhood trauma. These are often expressed in challenging behaviors and learning challenges, which are exacerbated by a change in routines, loss of structure, and increased in stress in their lives and families. Children in foster and kinship care in Transylvania County are likely to have been exposed to alcohol and drugs prenatally with resulting behavioral and educational issues. Through our program these valued foster and kinship families and the children in their care receive counseling and guidance.  For additional information, please contact or Cecily Timmons, Development Director, at

“This group has really helped me feel less alone. It helps to talk with other people who understand what my life is like right now. I like the combination of the videos and the discussion. I’m getting a lot out of both. Thank you.”

– Creating a family participant

Our Latest News:

July 2020 Challenge Match for the Sharing House

On Friday, 31 July, Smith Martini Foundation and Lake Toxaway Charities presented Sharing House with a joint contribution for $100,000 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Isaac Homes Youth Shelter – 2020 Grant

The mission of the Isaac Homes Youth Shelter is to provide basic needs and build capacity for a supervised drop-in center for homeless youth. Lake Toxaway Charities is pleased to support this mission with a $5,500 grant awarded in 2020.

Mediation Center – 2020 Grant

The mission of the Mediation Center is to create opportunity from conflict.  The Mediation Center provides conflict resolution services to help people move through difficult and stressful times and resolve conflict without violence and abuse.  For adults, they provide community…

Hunger Coalition of Transylvania County – 2020 Grant

Food insecurity is a reality for many people who live in Transylvania County. There are a number of pantries throughout the county that exist to help alleviate the problem through periodic distributions of foods to people who are able to…

The Salvation Army – 2020 Grant

Over the past year, The Salvation Army of Transylvania County has helped provide over 2,000 of our neighbors in need with food, clothing, furniture, heat, energy and rent.  The Salvation Army could not have extended this outreach to so many…

New Adventure Learning Center

New Adventure Learning Center is a full time child care center for special needs children. Lake Toxaway Charities approved a $3,775 grant in 2020 to purchase materials for classrooms, install new carpet, and bicycles.

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