Extreme Build In McCreary County

The future is looking a little brighter for Richard Garland and his five children. Thanks to efforts from volunteers and donors from across the state, the Garland family is going to get a new home.

Garland, a single father who works at the local Kentucky Fried Chicken, and his children are currently living together in a one bedroom apartment, a situation that Kentucky Baptist Fellowship (KBF) and the McCreary County Community Housing Development Corporation (McCHDO) hope to change.

The two groups are partnering together to sponsor the second annual Extreme Build in McCreary County, Kentucky. Volunteers will come to McCreary County from across the state of Kentucky to help build the Garlands a new home in just five days!

Extreme Build is being made possible by generous donations from vendors, churches, and individuals, as well as the countless volunteer hours. There will be 130 volunteers from 20 different churches, who will work with the Garland family to build this house July 16-21.

On Sat. July 21st, there will be a picnic (12 p.m.) and dedication ceremony (1:30) at which time the Garlands will receive the keys to their new home. The Garland home is located at 20 Godby Trail in Whitley City, KY, off Winding Ridge Road.

Extreme Build is part of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship’s Mountain Hope initiative, a 20 year commitment to alleviate poverty in the Appalachian region. For more information on Extreme Build or Mountain Hope, visit www.mountainhopeky.org or contact the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship at 502-426-1931.

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  • by Jason Location: Georgetown on Jul 24, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    to John - this man has a career. he is a cook at the local KFC. and as to his children situation, he and his wife had five children before she died not long ago, leaving him to raise the 5 kids himself.
  • by Annie Location: Ky on Jul 19, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    I thing this is a wonderful thing that people are willing to pull to together and help someone in need. As for the comment posted by John. Making comments like questioning the mentality of a person is wrong. You do not know this mans situation or what may have happened in his life. Misfortune could happen to anyone. You may have a decent home and job today, and then tomorrow it may all be gone. Many things can happen. To the Garlands I wish you all the best and good luck with your new home. I hope you have a wonderful life in this home and God bless you all.
  • by Crystal Location: Mt. Sterling on Jul 18, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    John, I had about the same comments last night, but for some reason my post wasnt approved. Im glad someone agrees with what I said though. How could someone with 5 kids expect to work at KFC and support all 5, I dont think I could even support 1 on that pay. We have 3 kids and $2600. a month barely gets us by.
  • by John Location: south Central Kentucky on Jul 18, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    While I sympathize with the children and think it is noble to help your fellow human beings, I don't understand the mentality of a man without a career or a decent home being so irresponsible that he would have five children.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    Hey, it's good to hear something nice for a change. Good Job, enjoy your new home Mr. Garland.
  • by Melissa Location: Corbin on Jul 17, 2007 at 07:04 PM
    This is what a community coming together to help their own means. This man and his five children are truly deserving of their new home. May God bless them and keep them in their new home. Being a parent is not easy much less a single parent.
  • by someone Location: mt sterling on Jul 17, 2007 at 06:52 PM
    Maybe if he had a job somewhere besides KFC he could afford a place for himself and 5 kids! Im sick of people getting stuff given to them! Get a job and support yourselves! Most people do, its not that hard. KFC with 5 kids......thats a joke!
  • by wilma Location: dry ridge on Jul 17, 2007 at 02:56 PM
    It is so good to see the Ky Baptist Fellowship Mountian Hope take an interest in our state and the people in the eastern part that really need help. So many churches in Ky. feel that they have to go the China or other countries to help, instead of taking care of our own. Thank you
  • by jessica Location: london on Jul 17, 2007 at 01:17 PM


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