Mission

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia.

Vision

To see substandard housing in Central Appalachia eradicated and everyone who comes in contact with ASP transformed.

Repairing homes, transforming lives

ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation — bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.

 

For over 48 years, we’ve made homes warmer, safer, and drier(R) for families and provided transformational service experiences for volunteers.  Last year, 16,231 volunteers served with ASP, providing critical repairs for 493 families and constructing 26 new homes.   Since 1969, ASP has repaired 16,811 homes throughout Central Appalachian Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia through the efforts of 361,145 volunteers. Providing home repair free of charge to the families we serve is our privilege and pleasure.

 

Poverty, Potential and a Preacher named Tex

In 1969, Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans — a United Methodist minister — became one of the first people to connect the energy of youth with the deep needs of the poor.

 

During Tex’s 13 years as director at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky, he witnessed the great need for home repair assistance. So as part of his already-thriving outreach to the people of Appalachia, he recruited 50 teens and adult volunteers to repair homes in Barbourville, Kentucky. They worked on-site during the day and worshiped in the evenings. By summer’s end, four families had safe, warm homes for the winter, fifty young lives had been changed forever — and a forty-seven-year-long legacy was born.

 

But Tex was more than a leader; he was a born motivator. A true student of Appalachian culture and a legendary storyteller, he set the tone for what ASP is today: an extended family where laughter is king. Where relationships matter. And where changing the lives of families and volunteers alike is the highest priority of all.

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Our first priority remains keeping one another safe. We care deeply for you, and remain committed to doing all we can for each other’s safety and health.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP TO REOPEN THIS SUNDAY: With heartfelt joy, Crete United Methodist Church will return to in-person worship on Sundays, beginning January 24th, at 10am, and Wednesday nights, beginning January 27th, at 7pm. We continue to use the best safety protocols and would love to see you.  All are welcome!

 

Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

Our Thrift Shop is now open on Saturdays from 9a.- 3p.

Because we care about you, we will be utilizing best safety practices. Masks are required (one will be provided for you if needed). Plastic gloves and hand sanitizer will be available for your use. Social distancing will be maintained at all times and the number of shoppers and the duration in the store will be limited.

 

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Contact

Phone: 708-672-8353

Email: office@creteumc.org

Church Office Hours:

M-F, 8-1p

Currently and until further notice, the church office is closed. If you need building access, please call the church office @ (708) 672-8353.

Your calls to the church during regular office hours (Monday through Friday between 8am - 1pm) will now be answered by a person! Calls are now being forwarded to Diane's phone remotely. If the line is busy, just leave a message and she'll return the call as soon as possible. Your call is very important to us. If you wish to speak to Pastor Kristen, you can reach her directly @ (224) 628-9128


Want to meet with Pastor Kristen?

 

Please give her a call @ (224) 628-9128 to set up an appointment. She would be so happy to meet with you.

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