From disaster relief efforts during the Pike County floods, to the hundreds of volunteers that helped get Kentucky back on its feet after the March tornadoes, The Christian Appalachian Project's foot print can be found all throughout Appalachia.
But today, the organization announced it will be closing some programs as a part of their long term strategic planning.
"Closing programs is never a good choice but it can be the right choice," explains CEO and President Guy Adams, "where there may be some duplication of services, where there maybe some inefficiencies in programs because others were could be duplicated, we looked at everything."
Adams says after over a year of analyzing data and information the organization decided it'd be best to end three of their programs.
"Two in Rockcastle County, Rainbow Respite and Healing Rain, and a child and family development center in Martin County. Was there an economic piece of that? Of course there always is, it's a struggle for any organization to balance the income with the expenses."
Adams believes by restructuring their programs it will help them refocus on their mission and core principles which is providing food, shelter and clothing. They say their motto is "helping others help themselves."
"The strategic plan directs you to make those kind of long program changes to make sure that you're here," explains Adams, "you're here not just today but next year and five years. As long as long as there are people in need in Appalachia that we need to try and help."
In total nineteen works will be affected in the closings, however Adams says new positions will be added as they restructure.
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