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Caring for Our Seniors

Submitted by stephWoolery on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:59

Too often, seniors who have spent their entire lives living in the hills and hollows of Appalachia find themselves isolated, and in homes that are deteriorating. Many live alone and they are often without the basic essentials necessary to survive. As their children enter adulthood, they often move away to find work, so visits from family and friends are few and far between for the seniors. By assisting these elders with home visits, CAP staff and volunteers can identify areas where help is necessary and offer support for basic needs. CAP assists seniors to bring relief to their hardships through home visits, respite services, prescription assistance, food aid and home repair. CAP also offers opportunities for senior participants to enjoy fellowship with friends throughout the year, especially during the holidays.

With spring weather approaching, it is almost time for CAP’s annual YouthFest and WorkFest programs to begin. Through these programs, high school and college students offer help during their spring breaks, assisting seniors and families living in desperate situations with critical home repairs. As a result, seniors who are often struggling to survive are provided safe, warm and secure housing, along with a helping hand and the presence of smiling volunteers. Volunteers take time to sit and visit, and even share a meal, while they labor together with the participant to repair their home.

CAP’s elderly assistance programs provide critical care along with the peace of mind for a brighter future. In the process, friendships are formed and bonds are made, feeding the souls of participants, volunteers and employees alike. CAP works hard to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors living in desperate need in Appalachia.


We have a small but hard working group of kids at our church . We would like to know how we can help. Can you send us some information about helping with home repairs and such. I would like to bring them up from Arkansas and give them a chance to help and give back. Thank you and God Bless Nancy Diffee.

Thank you! Someone will get in touch with you soon about how your group might be able to help.

Hello, the Christian Appalachian Project headquarters are located in Hagerhill, Kentucky, but we have offices across the state as well. For more information about our organization you can call 1-866–270–4CAP (4227) or you can visit to read more about us online. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Hello and thank you for your questions. 91% of every donation goes directly to helping people in need in Appalachia. If you would like to view our financial report you can visit If you have any other questions please feel free to let us know.

I am a full supported or the propose mission of helping those in need in the "hills and hollers" of my dearly loved, home state. But like so many things exploited in this day and age I must ask. How much of my dollar actually ever really get to the elderly person, the hungry child, or the disenfranchised young family? I know there are operating costs however, if the director is being paid a salary of $600,000 a year, as I have heard of this happening with organizations I faithfully supported in the past, and weather this is an actual true figure or not, the principal of paying out that much to one individual is a bit too much for any non-profit charitable, Christian organization in my opinion. Where can I see the breakdown of the actual percentages of the donation that come into you agency. My heartfelt thanks for the work that is said being done, for it is truly needed. Respectfully, Dr. E. "Ron" Graham, PhD, LCSW, DCSW.

I would like more information about this organization, where are you located at, your main office where I can contact someone.