A vision to help those at their lowest point has evolved over the last decade with the support of community leaders into what is known today as No Wrong Door for Support and Recovery Inc.
No Wrong Door aims to support persons who are transitioning from detention or treatment facilities
and will enlist the aid of peer support, pastoral ministries, municipal/community organizations and other agencies/providers who support and assist persons who suffer from substance use and/or mental health challenges. Providing community-based peer support and education, No Wrong Door provides support for individuals and family members who have been affected by a loved one’s struggles.
The No Wrong Door initiative was born out of a community brainstorming session held in March 2018. Local law enforcement, agency representatives from the department of Social Services, county leaders, and town officials shared ideas, experiences, and for the first time, worked collaboratively to share resources during the session. From there, the nonprofit organization was established. By October 2018, No Wrong Door had named Sheila Jenkins, executive director of No Wrong Door, Jenkins retired from the Macon County Senior Services Center after 30 years of service. Jenkins worked to secure the No Wrong Door’s nonprofit status as well as establish a board of directors to lead the charge of the grassroots effort to address recovery efforts in Macon County.
Sheila Jenkins, executive director with No Wrong Door, spoke to the Macon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night to provide an update on the group’s mission and services as well as the services they are able to provide inmates within the Macon County Detention Center as part of their jail program.
According to Jenkins, No Wrong Door currently provides parenting classes for clients utilizing No Wrong Door, a food pantry, homeless bags for those in need, housing for homeless individuals, a clothing closet, and more.
“These are services we provide that are not part of our budget,” said Jenkins. “These are things we are able to offer because we have been very blessed to have the support of individuals in the community that make this area of our work possible.”
Jenkins explained No Wrong Door also serves as a resource to help individuals get into treatment programs— something she said has become more difficult over the last year than the two years prior.
“When we started three years ago, we would get 3 or 4 people in [to treatment] a week,” said Jenkins. “But now, it is very difficult for several reasons. First, the pandemic has caused a lot more people to have a lot of problems. There are more people out there that we are dealing with.”
Jenkins noted that treatment availability with inpatient services for patients being outside of Macon County, making access more difficult.
No Wrong Door utilizes existing services and programs across Western North Carolina to forge partnerships to best serve individuals’ whole needs. One of the larger partnerships No Wrong Door has formed has been with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for a jail program.
Macon County Sheriff’s Office Jail Administrator and vice-chair of No Wrong Door Dereck Jones highlighted programs provided to inmates while they are within the detention center.
No Wrong Door will soon begin their “Love and Logic” parent classes currently offered for the public within the jail for inmates. The parenting program will be in addition to other programs made possible at the jail such as NA and AA, peer support groups, prime for life substance abuse recovery courses, and mental health classes through Ridgeline Therapeutics.