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.
More students will be prepared for entering into major universities with a clear goal to eventually reinvest in their home community to bring about systemic change. The changes improved health will begin to move our communities from the being some of the worst in the country to being a model to other communities for improving health. Families will be more self reliant in their food source and the elderly will experience increased quality of life. We will begin to create a new pool of workers prepared for and participating in technology industries and fostering new industry in our communities. Families will be healthier and safer because of improved housing.
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