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07-14-2009


Ohio Church serves with Mountain Outreach

 


Volunteers see to the painting of the Cupp Home on Little Cane Creek Rd.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands, Mountain Outreach program welcomed First Presbyterian Church from Troy, Ohio, to help with two of the program’s summer projects.

The Troy church split its group of twelve into two teams. One team is painting walls in the third of three homes that Mountain Outreach volunteers are constructing this summer in Taylor Meadows on Little Cane Creek. Pastor Richard Culp and the second team made necessary repairs to a home built near Jellico, Tenn. by Mountain Outreach in the 1980’s—one of the first of the 132 the group has constructed. Culp stated, “I hope those who see our work here will see it as an expression of God’s love.”

 


Repairs shape up one of the older Mountain Outreach Homes to make it like new.

Mountain Outreach is a service organization of University of the Cumberlands. Beginning in the 1980s, this program grew from a grass-roots effort by students who wanted to improve housing for some area families. Volunteer groups from several states come to help each summer, but students in the program work all year, making home repairs, building wheel-chair ramps and performing many other jobs for individuals and families who, for physical or financial reasons, might not be able to do the work themselves. The mission of Mountain Outreach is not to provide a hand out but a hand up. The deserving, hard working families who receive homes through the program help with the work of construction and pay for their homes through an interest-free mortgage with payments tailored to their incomes.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study; 30 minors; nine pre-professional programs; graduate degrees, including a doctorate and certifications in education, an MBA, a degree in physician assistant studies; and online programs.