Pisgah Legal Services opens Spruce Pine office
SPRUCE PINE – People in Mitchell and surrounding counties now have better access to free civil legal aid with the opening of a new office of Pisgah Legal Services in downtown Spruce Pine. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Wednesday, July 20, to mark the official opening of the organization located at 167 Locust St., Suite 206.
“Our mission is to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives,” said Jim Barrett, executive director of Pisgah Legal Services. “The needs are great in Mitchell and Yancey counties, so we are thrilled to open this new office and expand to help folks that need us the most.”
Barrett was approached by several local residents in 2017 that requested expansion of the organization’s core services. The Phillips Foundation offered startup funding for the new office in 2018, followed by a recent grant of $5,000 from The Fund for Mitchell County.
Pisgah Legal has been offering limited services in Mitchell and Yancey counties for the past 15 years, typically immigration cases or helping patients referred by Mission Health. This expansion allows for a full range of free civil legal aid services to now be offered. Barrett said.
Transportation is a significant barrier for people with limited resources,” Barrett said. “This new office makes an experienced and caring attorney available to people living in Spruce Pine, Burnsville and surrounding areas.”
Attorney Olivia Williams is working at the Spruce Pine location.
“We are so grateful for the generous support that allows us to serve vulnerable people in Mitchell and Yancey counties,” Williams said. “This includes veterans who are struggling, families on the verge of homelessness or bankruptcy, people in need of health care and senior citizens who have been victims of fraud. Most people simply don’t know how to navigate legal issues when faced with them, and that’s where I come in.”
Call the Spruce Pine office of Pisgah Legal Services at 1-800-489-6144, 828-253-0406 or visit www.pisgahlegal.org for more information