JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - So, what are you doing with your spare time this summer? Volunteering to build or repair houses? That's exactly what over 14,000 people are doing throughout central Appalachia as the mission work of the Appalachia Service Project.
Lending a helping hand for Stone Mountain, Georgia volunteer Steve Roberts it's a feeling that just can't be measured. "It's just hard to put into words," he told us.
Roberts is one of around 650 volunteers who've descended on the Tri-Cities area this summer to work through the Appalachia Service Project.
Tim Bomgardner is the ASP Tri-Cities center supervisor. "Appalachia Service Project is a home repair ministry. We use volunteers. Our hope is that everyone who comes in contact with our ministry will be transformed, whether that's our volunteers, our homeowners or our staff," he said. "Our goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier."
The drill for this mission group: to transform the mobile home of Jonesborough residents Kamay and Lori Holder. "We're coming in and repairing and replacing the ceilings, the floors, and the walls," Roberts said.
And in the process, they're widening a narrow hallway for Kamay, who's disabled and on a walker. "It'll make it easier for my husband to get around," Lori said. "It'll make it easier on my asthma and allergies and stuff."
The group is making life easier through hard work, done by dedicated hands. "It's been such a blessing to be able to use my hands and be able to do something for someone that isn't able to do it for themselves," Bomgardner said.
"They're good Christian people. God had a lead in them coming," Lori said.
"[We're] not only building and repairing homes, but building relationships," Bomgardner said.
Families interested in applying for help through the Appalachia Service Project can visit their website at ASPHome.org.