Groups slated to make home repairs for low-income families

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By Jennifer Caldwell


The summer months are on the way. And while many are making plans for some long overdue rest and relaxation, volunteers with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) will be spending their time off working.

Beginning June 7 and lasting through early August Campbell County will see a steady stream of volunteers in the area to provide free home repairs to low-income clients.

According to Abby Adams, APS program manager, recipients of the repair services will be chosen through an application that is currently underway.

“Anyone can apply for the services. The applications are screened by our summer staff who will select the homes we will work on,” Adams explained.

Each of the eight weeks APS is in the area new volunteer groups of 60 to 80 people will be on hand to work on project that may include repairs on foundations, floors, porches, plumbing, wheelchair ramps electrical systems, doors, windows and roofs.

The number of volunteers and the scope of the projects chosen by APS staff will determine the how many projects the group will be able to tackle during the eight week stint.

“The number of repairs groups are able to make depends on how big the jobs are. We are usually able to complete repairs on about 15 to 20 homes in an area per summer,” Adams said.

Volunteers are affiliated with church youth groups, schools and service organizations from around the country.

“Overwhelmingly, but not exclusively, we do have mainly church that volunteer with us,” Adams said of the groups that come from as far away as Colorado and Iowa.

Established in 1969 APS is a non-profit Christian home repair ministry with a mission of fostering human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia.

This summer nearly 14,000 volunteers are scheduled to help with projects at 25 centers spread across Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.