Responding to a call to reach out even further, First Baptist has been organizing regular mission trips outside of Massachusetts since 1993. That first year, 22 people headed to Anadarko, Oklahoma to build homes and restore hope for those who had lost it. And so the tradition began.
Mission Trip 2014
Off We Go!
Thirty-nine members of the First Baptist Churches of Beverly and Gloucester returned from Neon, Kentucky. They donated their time and energies to HOMES, an organization established to help create and restore houses in one of the poorest regions of our country. The group appreciates all the prayers for safety, fun, and lots of good work accomplished. To see the activities of the group, check out their blog at http://fbc-beverly.blogspot.com!
After much discussion and research into the status of the 2012-2013 disaster sites, the Missions Committee met and have decided that the trip in August of 2014 will return to Neon, Kentucky. We will be working with HOUSING ORIENTED MINISTRIES ESTABLISHED FOR SERVICE, INC.
Who Is HOMES, Inc.?
HOMES, Inc.’s mission is to provide affordable housing solutions to low income families in Letcher and surrounding counties. These affordable housing solutions include affordable, energy efficient homebuyer opportunities, quality affordable home repairs, and affordable rental opportunities.
Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service, Inc. (HOMES, Inc.) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) located in Whitesburg, Kentucky with an outpost in neighboring Neon, Kentucky. We are located in the southeast corner of Kentucky, bordering Virginia and Tennessee, nestled in the heart of the Appalachian mountains.
HOMES, Inc. has been in existence since 1984 as the Whitesburg Home Repair Program (a home repair service program operated by the Mennonite Central Committee) and East Kentucky Housing Development Corporation (an affordable housing corporation in existence since 1967) merged to provide affordable housing to low income families in Letcher and surrounding counties.
HOMES, Inc.’s name is actually an acronym. But, in all respects, “Homes” is what our name implies. We help provide a home for many low-income families that otherwise would not be able to develop a home of their own. We are an organization that provides the opportunity for Christians to help others with their physical needs in the name of Christ. Though we are a Christian ministry, we do not have an affiliation with a particular denomination. Our mission statement is as follows:
Why does HOMES, Inc. need volunteers?
HOMES, Inc. strives to be a volunteer hosting organization which provides unique opportunities for volunteers to work “hands-on” in helping families with their housing related needs. Many of our volunteers experience poverty on a more intimate level than they have before. Wrestling with the difficult issues associated with rural poverty in the heart of Appalachia has proved to be a life changing experience for some.
Volunteers provide the benevolent labor and finances to address many projects that we would not do without them. HOMES, Inc. is able to count every volunteer hour as leverage for funding that we will compete for in the future. The volunteer fees are used to cover the overhead, direct expenses of the volunteer program and contribute to our revolving HOMES, Inc. Home Loan Fund (HHLF).
Volunteers have always been an essential part of our efforts to provide housing to low income families in our service area. Your participation enables us to reach more households in need of our work. Additionally, time and financial contributions are a gift that we cherish; we are committed to being good stewards of those resources.
For more information on HOMES, click on their Volunteer Information document here.
If you’re undecided, please know that any help provided with fundraising will be greatly appreciated and will help people help others!
To discuss options, feel free to contact Beth Loughhead or Cindy Shupp.