Appalachia Service Project
How can a region so rich in natural resources be so poor? That’s what Appalachia is – an area of extreme poverty.
- Poverty in Appalachia is more than double the national average
- One in four people live below the poverty level
- 62,500 homes are substandard
Grace has partnered with Appalachia Service Project (ASP), a Christian volunteer organization operating in central Appalachia whose primary goal is making homes “warmer, safer and drier.” We generally schedule a four-day mission trip in March or April each year.
ASP is not just a building ministry; it’s a relationship ministry as well. While some might call this a weekend “retreat,” we prefer to call it a spiritual step forward. Unlike a retreat, you’ll know the satisfaction of rolling up your sleeves, working with your hands, and having a tangible impact on the life of an Appalachian family. Even if you have no building experience, the ASP staff will show you the ropes, helping you to develop skills you did not even know you had.
Beginning with the Thursday evening meal, participants enjoy two full days of home repair work, followed in the evenings by inspiring messages from a specially selected speaker. The group returns to Raleigh following breakfast Sunday morning.
QUESTIONS: Contact MaryBeth Brown @ firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 612-8076