Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. In 1969, Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans, a United Methodist minister, became one of the first people to connect the energy of youth with the deep needs of the poor. During Tex’s 13 years as director at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky, he witnessed the great need for home repair assistance. So as part of his already-thriving outreach to the people of Appalachia, he recruited 50 teens and adult volunteers to repair homes in Barbourville, Kentucky. They worked on-site during the day and worshiped in the evenings. By summer’s end, four families had safe, warm homes for the winter, fifty young lives had been changed forever — and a forty-seven-year-long legacy was born.
Garber has had a powerfulrelationship with ASP for more than 20 years! Yearly work teams of students and adults travel each summer for the life changing experience offered by ASP. Students learn new building skills, build relationships with other students, and serve the families in Appalachia with an unconditional and humbling love. Our annual budget assists with sending an average of 45 people each year; our facility provides training space, and our vehicles provide part of the needed transportation to ASP sites. If you would like to know more about ASP or explore some area of involvement, please contact Mary Coleman, Ministries Coordinator at 637-4200.