Disability Advocates of Northwest North Carolina

Disability Advocates
of Northwest North Carolina

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A not for profit organization, focused on being a part of the effort to end homelessness in the Winston-Salem community.  Teaming up with our community partners, Disability Advocates of Northwest North Carolina works to empower individuals with severe disabilities and/or homelessness to help them become more independent.  

Who We Are

What We Do

About Us

We were founded in the 1990s as Triad Disability Advocates by Kermit Bailey, an Episcopal deacon. We started as an organization that helped individuals with severe disabilities and those experiencing homelessness obtain disability benefits. Our name changed to Disability Advocates of Northwest North Carolina in 2006, and we continue to serve as a bridge to enable individuals in need obtain the financial means to overcome homelessness and barriers to treatment.

We seek to partner with the Winston-Salem community to ensure reduced or no-cost access to Social Security disability advocacy and community resources.

  • Assist severely disabled individuals with their application for Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid benefits 
  • Help individuals overcome homelessness through specific efforts to link individuals to benefits for which they qualify 
  • Educate area churches and the general community about the needs and resources related to severely disabled individuals 
  • Work cooperatively with area churches and community agencies serving disabled populations 
  • Conduct charitable and educational activities on a non-profit basis  
By The Numbers
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HOMELESS PEOPLE IN WINSTON-SALEM​
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CHRONICALLY HOMELESS, SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL​
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AVERAGE MONTHLY NUMBER OF CHRONICALLY HOMELESS​

our staff

Board Of Directors 

Fleming El Amin – Vice Chair, Forsyth County Commissioner for District A

Dr. Quiteya Walker, LPCA, NCC, CRC, Associate Professor, Winston Salem State University

Rev. John D. Rights – Secretary, Pastor, Konnoak Hills Moravian Church

Alison Westbrook, Forsyth County Department of Social Service, Adult Medicaid

Casey Capstick – Board Chair,  Hands on Northwest North Carolina; Americorps VISTA Member

Advocacy

Social Security Disability Advocacy 

Disability Advocates of Northwest North Carolina has been providing Social Security disability advocacy in the Winston-Salem community since 1991. We started by serving low-income and homeless populations that were unable to work due to disabling conditions. In addition to providing advocacy services, DANNC provided food and clothing, and assisted individuals in accessing medical treatment.  

Our Social Security advocacy extends to low-income individuals. We are also an advocacy center of last resort for individuals seeking assistance.  

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) Advocacy 

SOAR is a national program that assists eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to apply for SSI/SSDI disability benefits. North Carolina has been a SOAR state since 2007, and Disability Advocates of Northwest North Carolina has had a dedicated SOAR case manager for more than 10 years. Individuals experiencing homelessness due to a disability that precludes them from working benefit from SOAR because the program can be their way out of homelessness. Federal disability benefits will provide them with a source of income, healthcare and mental health treatment, and access to affordable housing.  

DANNC recently partnered with the United Way, City with Dwellings, and the Empowerment Team to provide the disability advocacy for the HEARRT project.  

Through a grant from the United Way, we are able to offer our advocacy services free of charge to homeless individuals through the use of the SOAR model.  

Resources

North Carolina Coalition to End Homlessness

The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness focuses on ending homelessness by creating alliances, encouraging public dialogue, securing resources, and advocating for systemic change.

Social Security Administration

Through the Social Security Administration’s website, individuals can find resources and guidance on retirement, disability and survivors benefits. This website also offers individuals the ability to manage their social security accounts online, obtain social security cards and apply for Medicare. 

United Way

The United Way of Forsyth County serves to connect individuals to community resources and opportunities. Resources for the community can be found on their website as well as additional information about Dial 2-1-1. You can also visit NC211.org for additional information. 

Support our organization

Visiting our website is a good start. We would love to hear from you and consider ways we can work together to truly affect people’s lives. Feel free to contact us through the link below.

You can also help support our organization by clicking the donate now button and donating to our organization. A portion of our proceeds are given back to our community through donations to local homeless shelters, food banks and other organizations committed to serving the homeless. 

We are a fully transparent organization. Information about our organization and our filing status can be found here.


Contact Us

Hours of Operation:

Mon. – Fri.
10 am – 2 pm

 
Address:

1416 Bolton Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Email:  advocates@dannc.org

Phone: 336-760-9600    Fax: 336-760-9699.

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