Village Voice - August,
My first mission trip
was in the summer of 2003 with ten other members of Village. We started our day with a hot breakfast at a
local church, prepared by some of the members.
We then reported to the Appalachian Outreach Center for about an
where we performed various tasks. Then it
was off to another church to work with school-aged children that are in
free lunch program. We played, put on
puppet shows, and made crafts with the children, then helped with
lunch and cleaning up afterwards. Then
it was our turn to have lunch at the Samaritan House.
We spent the rest of the afternoon working in
the basement painting some of the rooms or assisting at the
When the opportunity
came to go back to
The next step is to get the clothing
Outreach Store racks. We used one of the
buggies (shopping carts) and filled it with one of the categories of
clothing. Then we got the appropriate
hangers together, and we were in business.
Audry and I teamed up on our last day and set a goal to empty
children’s clothes bin. We’d take a
buggy full of clothes out to the store floor.
Audry put the clothes onto the hangers and I hung the clothes on
rack, and as I went along I straightened and gathered other empty
did my best to get all the clothes on each rack to hang in the same
direction….must have been all those years of retail experience that
along wanting to keep things organized. I also spent one afternoon
grouping the ladies’ shoes. We exceeded
our goal of emptying the children’s bin, and were able to empty the
It’s very important to keep the racks
because the families can only come to the center once a month. They are
ten items of clothing, including shoes, per family member. Each child
allowed to fill one bag with toys. Each family can take one bag of
items and two articles of linens. And they can have as many books as
like! This is also when those from
Appalachian Outreach offers these poverty relief ministries: Appalachian Outreach Home Repair; Samaritan House (homeless shelter); Clothing, food, furniture distribution; Computer and GED training; Hispanic ministry; Second Source Thrift Store. In 2002-2003 86 homes were repaired, 123 people were given shelter, 14,530 hot meals were served at Samaritan House, 1,736 items of furniture were given out, 3,354 baskets of food were given out, and 49 people received computer/GED training.
-- Michele Miles