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Mission Trips

FBC has long been a symbol of outreach and hope. Throughout the year, the church supports many local, national and global service organizations with its time, talents and resources. The congregation also participates in several American Baptist offerings as part of our wider mission.

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

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.
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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.



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Past Mission Trips

The group has since grown to over 30 hard working, caring people who have gone to Alaska in 1995, Kentucky in 1997 and Montana in 2000. The Montana group was a most diverse group, ranging in age from 2 years old to 75 years old, including entire families and people from outside the congregation. These groups have worked on such projects as home and community construction, Vacation Bible School, and feeding the hungry.

In 2002, a group traveled to Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In September of 1999, Hurricane Floyd brought torrential rains that flooded an area larger than the state of Massachusetts. Countless homes were destroyed, livestock killed and thousands lost everything they had. The 34 members of the mission group went to Rocky Mount for a week and did finishing work on a number of houses. There are still people not yet able to return to their homes, three years after the flooding. The group helped several families get that much closer to being able to move home.

The 2006 Mission Trip journeyed to New Iberia, Louisiana to help rebuild residents affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The group ranged in age from the youngest at 7 years old to the eldest at 80 years old. The group worked with the Southern Mutual Help Association to rebuild the homes that had roofs ripped off by Hurricane Katrina and filled up with water by Hurricane Rita. Working side by side with the homeowners, the group installed tile, drywall, painted, and gathered stories of the residents.

The 2008 Mission Trip headed to Lafitte, Louisiana, once a safe haven for pirates. The group worked on rebuilding the homes of families and individuals whose houses were destroyed during the 2005 hurricane season. Soon after the winds died down and the water receded, a group of Friends (Quakers) arrived in Lafitte and began work. They constructed a bunk house in the parking lot of a local museum to house volunteers and then worked diligently on re-construction.

In 2010, the destination for the mission trip was Oak Hill, West Virginia. Through the United Methodist Church, the group volunteered their services to those who wrestle with chronic poverty and unemployment. From learning to skirt a trailer to stabilizing and rebuilding porches and steps, the group had great fun wile doing much to improve the lives of others.

The 2012 Mission Trip headed to Mission, South Dakota, August 5 - 11. The group was working on the Rosebud Reservataion with True of Life Ministry while taking advantage of cultural and educational opportunities as well. For information about the work on the reservation, check out their website at http://www.treeofliferelief.org/.