St. Paul’s High School Youth Group is planning its seventh mission trip with Appalachia Service Project in June 2023, to repair and renovate homes and trailers in places of rural poverty.
Our sixth trip, rescheduled from June 2020 to July 2021, took three vans and 19 people (seven adults, twelve youth) to Wise County, VA. In 2019 a small (two-van) group working at ASP’s year-round center in Guyan Valley. In 2018, we returned to Craigsville, WV, with our biggest group so far: four vans and 29 people. In 2016, we undertook our third trip, to Bland County, Virginia (seventeen youth, seven adults) following successful trips in 2013 to Logan County, WV (four youth, two adults) and 2015 to Craigsville, WV (eleven youth, four adults). Participants have learned how to build railings and ramps, repair and replace tin and mulehide roofs, and replace floors and wallboards, among many other skills. Along the way, tripgoers spend time socializing with the individuals and families whose homes they’re working on, meeting other volunteers from around the country, and experiencing a different way of life.
If you’d like to contribute funds to support our trip, you can donate online, or send a check payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with “ASP donation” in the memo line. Thank you!
For more information about ASP, visit www.asphome.org.