|Houses of Hope|
|Immaculate Conception Parish has long supported our Appalachian Mission by sending students from Immaculata High School, along with adult chaperones, to participate in a week-long Work Camp each summer. This experience led one returning chaperone to ask, “Can we do more?” The Work Camp focused on minor repair of houses – often merely shacks, trailers and log cabins, which are truly beyond repair. The “more” that was imagined was an effort to build modern houses in Appalachia, one at a time, to significantly impact the long-term need of families in Appalachia.
The success of Houses of Hope transcends the five houses that have been completed since the program’s inception. The families that have been given new hope, the concrete example of Christian love in action, and the testimony of what an individual can achieve with a simple question and the will to pursue the answers, are all part of this ministry’s true success.
Our typical house measures only 300-500 sq. ft. for a single person and 600-900 sq. ft. for a family of four. Total construction cost (excluding land) is $14,000-$20,000. Volunteers donate all of the labor required to build the house.
Immaculate Conception, together with Houses of Hope Founder, Bob Duffy, and local site coordinators in Appalachia, raise funds for the houses and organize volunteers to travel to West Virginia to assist in building the homes. Typically, 4-5 volunteers will dedicate a four-day weekend of travel and labor, and work wonders in the most remote reaches of rural Appalachia.