Volunteers repair homes in Eastern Kentucky

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - The non-profit organization and Christian Ministry Appalachia Service Project aims to improve the well-being of folks by giving their homes emergency repairs. Their website says they operate in five states and ten states in Eastern Kentucky, including Breathitt, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Magoffin, Martin, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher and Perry Counties.

John Hall says his home needed repairs to the roof, siding and foundation. He says he cannot afford those repairs at this time, though.

"I haven't had the money to work on it...The energy bills are high up here and in the winter time it costs me most of my money to keep the energy bills going," said Hall.

But members of the Appalachia Service Project have been working on Hall's home for weeks.

"They were a Godsend when they showed up," Hall said.

Volunteers from around the country spend a week of their summer fixing homes, so folks like Hall and his son can have a better place to live.

"We just think it's important that everybody has a clean, safe environment to live in. A lot of the families here do a lot of great work on their homes but since there's some economic struggles we like to step in and help out," said Kristin Luttrell, the Appalachia Service Project Center Director in Breathitt County

Help that Hall says he has never had in his life.

Organizers say it is not just the people who live in the homes who benefit from the project, but the volunteers, too.

"I come away from this summer with some of the most meaningful relationships that I'll ever have," Luttrell said.

And Hall says he will never forget the group of volunteers who helped him and his family when they were in need.

The Appalachia Service Project will continue in Breathitt County until August.

For more information on the organization, visit asphome.org .

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