Since 1964, Christian Appalachian Project has existed to serve people in need in Appalachia. They primarily focus on promoting dignity and independence among the poverty-stricken residents of the region and preserving family structure in order to make life better for the children and adults of Appalachia. The Appalachian Trail, which stretches from the northeast corner of Mississippi to the southwest corner of New York, is home to a large population of the poorest families in America. The U.S. Census Bureau places 16 counties in Kentucky on their list of the 100 poorest counties in the nation. With a high percentage of substandard housing (overcrowded and no indoor plumbing) and rates of children in poverty as high as 52% in some areas, the people of Appalachia are in need of love, support, and encouragement.
Christian Appalachia Project assists these families in three main areas:
- “Making Tomorrow Brighter”- including child and family development centers, adult education, leadership camps for youth, and services for the elderly
- “Strengthening the Family”- through elderly services, outreach programs, domestic abuse shelters, school programs, housing/home repair, and counseling
- “Serving the Community”- investing in sharing in-kind distribution, operation relief, human service grants, and Work Fest (a spring break alternative for volunteers)
Join one of our Go Teams heading out to one of the poorest areas in our country, and make a difference in the lives of people. You will be amazed at how God uses you to bring hope and promises of his love. You will have an opportunity to build relationships with families while doing practical repairs. Building skills are not a requirement! Come find out how God will use you.
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