Resources – T-Z

  • Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy Youth Program

    600 North Main Street Salemburg, NC  28385
    Phone: 1-800-573-9966 / (910) 525-5520
    A 22-week, military-oriented resident program for high school dropouts.  Residence is followed by an intensive yearlong placement and mentoring phase.  Applicants must be 16-18 years old, U.S. citizen/legal resident and North Carolina resident, unemployed/underemployed, drug-free, no pending criminal record, and physically and mentally capable; applications are available on the website.  The mission of the Tarheel ChalleNGe is to improve the life-coping skills and employment potential of high-school dropouts or expellees so that they may become productive members of their communities and society in general.

  • TEACCH (Asheville Center)

    31 College Place, Building D, Suite 306 Asheville, NC 28801
    Phone: (828) 251-6319
    Fax: (828) 251-6358
    Serves individuals with autism in the western region of North Carolina.  Services include diagnostic evaluations, treatment planning and implementation, education, consultation, training opportunities and research.

  • Timber Ridge Treatment Center, Inc.

    665 Timber Trail, PO Box 259 (mailing address), Gold Hill, NC 28071
    Phone: (704) 279-1199
    Fax: (704) 279-7668
    Level III residential treatment program located in a rural woodland setting between Greensboro and Charlotte, designed to serve males between the ages of 12 and 17. Basic services include therapeutic camping; individual, group and family counseling; and medication management by a Psychiatrist. Specialty services include: year-round school registered with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; substance abuse counseling (dual diagnoses); Moral Reconation Group Therapy; and Level III program for sexually aggressive youth – treatment components include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, QEEG brain mapping, risk assessments, safety plans, individual, group and family therapy.

  • Universal Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services

    One Northsquare, 301 East Meeting Street, Suite 3, Morganton, NC  28655
    Phone: (828) 438-0006
    Offers early intervention services for newborn through 3 years of age and mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services to children, families and adults.  Medicaid and private pay referrals are accepted.

  • Valdese Housing Authority

    1402 Lydia Avenue, Valdese, NC  28690
    Phone: (828) 874-0098
    Fax: (828) 874-4352
    Provides public housing for families with low income.

  • Valdese Recreation Department

    312 Massel Avenue, Valdese, NC  28690
    Phone: (828) 879-2132
    Offers public recreation facilities and activities.  Oversees five facilities: Valdese Community Center, McGalliard Falls Park, Children’s Park, Fletcher Ballpark, and Tiger Gym.  Valdese Community Center houses bowling lanes, a game room, snack bar and grill, fitness center, locker rooms, gymnasium, and staff offices; also located on the grounds are two lighted tennis courts and a year-round swimming pool (enclosed from mid-September through early May.)


    Phone: 1-800-766-4466
    Provides basic eye health and vision care services, without charge, to individuals who have no other means of obtaining care.  Individual must have no insurance; have an income below an established level based on household size; have not had an eye examination in the past 24 months; and must be a US Citizen or legal resident with a Social Security or Legal Resident number. The individual cannot have received a doctor referral through the VISION USA program in the past two years.

  • Waldensian Presbyterian Church

    109 Main Street East, Valdese, NC  28690
    Phone: (828) 874-2531 / (828) 879-9010 (Staff Offices)
    Food pantry to assist needy Burke County residents (living between Drexel and the eastern end of the county). The pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG)
    Section 8 Rental Assistance Program

    1880 2nd Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601
    Contact: JoAnn Parlier
    Phone: (828) 322-9191
    Assists very low-income families and the disabled to receive a “Housing Choice Voucher” (formally called Section 8 Housing) that pays a significant portion of rent for participating landlords.  Participants are able to search for their own housing, including single-family homes, manufactured homes, townhouses, and apartments.  Eligibility for a housing voucher is based on the annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and special categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Services Program

    Hallyburton Academy, 205 South Main Street. Drexel, NC
    Contact: Kristy Hodges; WIA Career Development Facilitator
    Phone: (828) 437-4184; (828) 244-3912 (mobile)
    The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Services Program seeks to assist eligible youth in achieving academic and employment success through effective and comprehensive activities.  The program emphasizes the long-term development of youth by expanding upon successful youth development components.

  • Youth Focus, Inc. – Adolescent Substance Abuse Program

    301 East Washington Street, Greensboro, NC  27401
    Phone: (336) 333-6853
    Residential program designed for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse.  Is set up as a 90-day program; however, if a client relapses while in the program, the program length can be extended.  Clients also participate in a day treatment program specifically designed for adolescents with a substance abuse problem. Both programs follow the evidenced-based Seven Challenges model.  The program accepts Medicaid, North Carolina Health Choice, and state IPRS funds for payment.  IPRS funds are limited by the state and may be exhausted depending on utilization.

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