Partner:The UMC, Red Bird Missionary Annual Conference
Describe the need affecting the community.
Poverty, isolation, and lack of economic opportunity are the overarching circumstances of the community that create a variety of needs that are basic to human life and existence. Poverty rate among all people in our counties averages 30%. Hunger is widespread among all age groups. Access to quality education is limited in the public schools that are more distant from these remote communities. The availability of jobs is shrinking in our region as the coal industry in Kentucky has been hard hit by environmental regulations. Housing is inadequate and unsafe for many. The well being of our elderly population is fragile due to their isolation and lack transportation.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
Red Bird Mission addresses every one of the needs as funding and resources are available because we live in these communities and have been a part of bringing hope since 1921. We will continue to address hunger and other basic needs of families through case management and delivery of services by our Community Outreach ministries. Our Community Store and Craft Marketing will continue to provide jobs and income for over 100 families and over 90 people are employed through Red Bird Mission and Red Bird Clinic. Housing improvements will continue to be made for hundreds of families and a new home program is beginning that will benefit families whose homes are beyond repair and income is so low that they cannot afford even subsidized low income mortgages.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
Red Bird Mission, guided by Jesus Christ, empowers individuals and advocates justice though spiritual, educational, health and community outreach ministries. So that each person fulfills their God given abilities for the good of their family and the community where they live.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
Success will be measured by the replacement of science facilities built 40 years ago and technology that is current with the times; our students having the same access to advanced courses as those in urban areas; Christian leadership development being the norm for all students; and a thirst among some students to create new opportunities for economic development in their home community. We will see more families eliminate the use of contaminated drinking water sources and faulty septic systems that pollute ground water and streams. Health will be improved by access to vision, hearing and dental care; and families will experience a reduction in sickness through healthy diet and exercise. Family food production will increase as well as family income through food production and marketing. We will see more people employed in the technology industry without having to drive great distances.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
Direct Missionary Support
Early Childhood Development
School Facility Maintenance
School Hot Lunch
School Athletic & Clubs