Below are images of the homes our volunteers are hard at work repairing. Please check back over the next few weeks for more photos of the homes after the repairs are complete.
Date: March 2015
|Volunteers are at work building the Cain family a covered front porch.||The Cain family needs a wheelchair ramp from their deck to their driveway. A ramp would make it much easier for Ronald to enter and exit his house.|
|Volunteers are working to add an addition to Leslie’s home so both of her grandchildren will have a safe and warm place to sleep.||Often, if participants are able, they will work alongside volunteers to help complete repairs to their home.|
|Volunteers are working hard to repair the roof of Tina’s home so it will no longer leak and damage the inside.||During WorkFest volunteers are building a porch to connect into Molly’s new roof system.|
|Lauren’s home needed some of the exterior walls repaired. It’s also in desperate need of roof repairs and insulation.||WorkFest volunteers are replacing 13 windows in Angie’s home. Her new windows will be double pane and insulated. This will help protect her against harsh weather.|
Date: March 2015
|Patsy and Paul’s house is in need of critical repairs. Among other things WorkFest voluteers will replace the porch, roof, and window frames.||“I have never wanted much but a safe, warm environment for my family to call home”
|Volunteers are hard at work making homes safe, warm, and secure for families in need in Appalachia.||Volunteers work with CAP crew leaders to make roof repairs.|
|Angie and her daughter were forced to move out of her home because she could not afford the repairs to make it safe.||Angie says that things are now getting better each day for her and her daughter.|
|A group of volunteers work together to repair a home.||Dedicated volunteers hard at work making critical home repairs for a family in need.|
Date: March 2015
|During WorkFest volunteers will build Rachel a much needed deck and steps for her front entry.||Volunteers will also replace 5 windows and install insulation along with other essential repairs.|
|Lauren currently cares for her son who is battling cancer. She has not been able to afford the expensive repairs her home desperately needs.||Lauren’s floors and the seals in her living room will be repaired.|
|Erica and Jack have 2 small children. They have been unable to afford to repair their leaky roof. The leak was so bad it caused their sons bedroom ceiling to fall through.||Erica worries about the safety of her children in the home. She has been praying and hoping to be able to provide them with a safe home to live in.|
|Carmen has been battling diabetes for 12 years. She spends most of her days bedfast, she does sometimes get to the living room to sit for a while, but her home is cold and drafty so she can’t stay in there long.||Candice is 78 years old. She is in desperate need of a ramp due to the struggle she has climbing her steps she is in dire need of hip replacement.|
For the past 11 years, CAP has hosted the annual Women’s Retreat at their Camp Andrew Jackson in Jackson, Kentucky. Over 45 women join together each spring to enjoy community living and spiritual growth. Many of these women return year after year. It is a heartwarming sight to see multigenerational families who come to grow together and enjoy the programs and sisterhood that unfold.
Each day starts out with an hour of devotion time followed by an afternoon of seminars and free time and an evening of worship and campfires. The seminars range in topics from couponing, stretches for relaxation, benefits of planting, hair, makeup and nails, stress management, and living with mindfulness. Free time is spent hiking, fishing, swimming, and overall enjoying the great outdoors.
The bond that these women share at the end of the week is amazing. While some women arrive in groups and others reunite year after year, some are here for the first time. They always leave feeling a part of something bigger. The few days that these ladies spend together rebuilds hope that many may have thought was lost and rebuilds self-esteem that may have been lacking due to a variety of life events. The annual CAP Women’s Retreat is truly a life-changing experience and one of the many ways that CAP restores hope and strives to rebuild communities in Appalachia one family at a time.Share
When disaster struck Johnson County, CAP’S disaster relief team was there to help families and seniors, like Ron, recover.
Ron was one of 46 names that CAP received to contact after the August 22, 2014, floods in Johnson County. After two weeks of unsuccessful phone calls and an unsuccessful attempt at finding his home, Jill (a CAP employee) met a man in town who asked her if CAP had been out to Ron’s house. He told her Ron needed help. “That was God working,” explains Jill. That evening, she was able to get in touch with Ron and asked about helping him with the flood. His only response was, “I’m hungry.” That evening the CAP crew was able to make it back through the very narrow winding road into a hollow, where sections of roads had been washed out. When they finally reached the house, Ron was sitting on his porch with a great big smile and waving.
He immediately began talking. Ron explained that he had been praying that someone would come and help him. He said he would be 90 on March 24, 2015. He remembered Jill from years ago, when he used to receive commodities through CAP’s Outreach Program. You could tell by his excitement that he was happy to have company. He shared about the night of the flood and said he thought they were going to have to get a helicopter just to get him out. His house sits right next to a creek and the water got up to about a foot high in his living room and kitchen as well as in his car. Inside his home, the smell of mold and dampness was overpowering. He had been living in these conditions since the flood on August 22nd until CAP’s Disaster Relief team arrived on September 11, 2014. His carpet was saturated, and he tried to lay rugs over it, stating that he was embarrassed because of the water stains. There was a muddy/sandy residue on the kitchen floor. As the CAP team stood in the kitchen, a mouse went across Ron’s foot. He explained that the house had been infested with mice since the flood and said, “They are getting brave, not even afraid of me anymore.” This story led him to another one about two snakes, one that he found curled up in his chair in the bathroom.
Robyn Renner, manager of CAP’s Disaster Relief team, said that words cannot describe how she felt when she left his house that day. All he had in his refrigerator was milk and orange soda. For food, he had a few boxes of cereal and a few canned goods. She was speechless and emotional. Ron lived in these conditions but never once complained or said anything negative. He is such a cheerful man and loves the Lord with all his heart. He was proud to share his love for Christ.
The CAP team pulled up wet carpet, ripped up the rotten floors as well as rotten floor joist, and replaced the joist and floors the same day. Because the Disaster Relief team works on a limited time schedule, they referred Ron to the Manager of Elderly Assistance & Elderly Housing. The Elderly Housing crew came the following day to complete the repairs. Ron is now on our Elderly list and will have a regular caseworker check on him a few times a week. Elderly Housing has laid new carpet and linoleum in his home.
“I can definitely say this is one of those times where we were the ones that received the blessing, when our original intent which was to give a blessing” said Robyn Renner.Share