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WYMT Mountain Life - Henderson Settlement School

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

From the very beginning, it was a community built to give back.
WYMT's Dara Rees visited a small settlement in the Frakes Community, where volunteering is their way of life.

The Henderson Settlement started in 1925 by a local pastor reaching out to this small community.

Now that small community reaches out to those around them.

Giving back is what this community does best, with a food pantry, youth ministries, a young mother's program, and a friendly face.

“Practically all of those items that we give to folks into the community are donated from good-hearted Christ loving folks from all across the country,” Jerry Lambdin, Mission Outreach Director said.

A major part of the settlement's work is Community Home Repair, using volunteers to fix homes in Kentucky and Tennessee.

“We've built 25 complete homes in the community over the past 16 years,” Lambdin said.

With volunteers that keep coming back.

“We volunteer for many different places, but this is our favorite place,” Dennis Wells said.

“We want to give back. The people down here have become like family to us. The locals and the staff people,” Sue Wells said.

The Henderson settlement sees about 3,000 volunteers each year from around the globe, some stay for a weekend, others stay for years.

“They've just found something here. Something that has moved them, something that they really like. The make up of the community and the kindness of the folks here, they just want to be a part of that,” Lambdin said.

What started here as one hundred acre donation, now spans more than 16 hundred acres, and there's plenty of people coming out here to check out the fall colors.

The Henderson Settlement can house around 200 volunteers.


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