Foundations Asheville

Foundations Asheville is a transition program for young adults located in Asheville, NC.

Foundations Asheville is intended for young adults who are struggling to find a sense of independence in their lives.

At Foundations, students are exposed to real-world experiences while living in a structured, supportive environment. Therapists, teachers, and mentors work collaboratively to help students meet specific goals during their time at Foundations.

Students are provided with individualized support in order to “spread their wings” and meet their set goals. Foundations offers a variety of educational experiences including life skills classes, service learning, vocational training, and adventure excursions.

While at Foundations, young adults are encouraged to attend four-year universities or community colleges to further their education. Along with other various benefits of higher education, it provides young adults with structure and purpose, which supports the overall goals of Foundations.

Foundations Asheville helps young adults who are struggling to set goals and find the motivation to achieve their dreams feel empowered to go out into the world and learn more about their passions and what the next step in their lives will be.


I am not sure where to start by saying thank you. I really feel like a "normal" family for the first time.

Foundations Mother
BethMother of Foundations Asheville student


Phone: 828-817-9520



City: Asheville, North Carolina

Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport


Average Duration:  12-24 months

Who we Help: Co-ed ages 18+

Student Profile:

  • Struggling to establish the next step in life
  • Failure to Launch
  • Failed out of college
  • Left college due to other difficulties
  • A few credits shy of finishing high school

Learn More About Foundations Asheville

A Transitional Residential Program for Young Men
  • Adam Ray
    Adam Ray
    Founder & Director of Program Development – Foundations Asheville

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Adam Ray
Founder & Director of Program Development – Foundations Asheville

Adam Ray brings a wealth of experience to Trails Momentum and Foundations Asheville.  For 13 years Adam has been wholeheartedly meeting the needs of students, families, and educational consultants.  Adam’s breadth of experience in all realms of therapeutic programming is what allows the strengths of our diverse staff to shine through.  His leadership champions the collaboration and cohesion of our staff community, allowing  Foundations and Trails Momentum to deliver on its truly integrated and unique program.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College and has developed multiple vocational training, mental heath, and transitional living programs.  He served several years as a Family Resource Specialist helping families of youth at risk identify continuing care options and therapeutic resources while coordinating outbound referrals and marketing strategies.  Adam spent a semester in Kenya with an intensive NOLS leadership training program and enjoys bringing his knowledge of experiential learning and careful cultivation of group culture to wide-ranging outdoor and cultural expeditions with the students.

When not taking care of the needs of our students and staff, Adam can be found riding the trails and roadways of Western North Carolina on any manner of bicycle.  An accomplished athlete and former captain of an elite road cycling team, Adam continues his dedication to adventure alongside his well-loved dog, Bollo while enhancing the adventurous culture of The Academy at Trails Carolina.

What I really love about working with teens is watching them reunite with their family. After hearing all of the hardships families go through it is very rewarding to know they are back on track and their futures are brighter because they came to our program.

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