Integrated Community Ministries (ICM) Kentucky Appalachian Ministry Overview
Who is ICM A ministry in McCreary County, KY providing : Food for the hungry, Clothes for the poor, Protection from the elements, Spiritual support and guidance And most importantly, hope to the families who live in the hills and hollers of Appalachia.
Calling:…you should do as I have done for you… John 13:12-15 (NIV) 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. God has called KY-ICM to “do for others”. Jesus’ life was an intentional example of how we are to serve Him by serving others. His life calls for and inspires us to follow in His footsteps!
Barbara and Hilton Duncan
ICM’s Mission To restore hope and optimism to the people in the Rattlesnake Ridge area; one person, one family, one ridge, one holler at a time Inspire and equip them to rebuild and restore lives, to become a self-supporting community offering an enhanced quality of life and an optimistic future for generations to come.
McCreary County Population – 17,000 Per capita income - $12,079 High school graduation rate – 54% (vs 80% US) 82% of children in school are on free lunch program
According to the U.S. Census Bureau McCreary County is the 18th poorest county in the United States. KY-ICM's average family lives on less than $12,000 annually. The residents of these counties are also challenged by unusually high rates of unemployment, (15.1%) low education, and significant substance abuse.
Rattlesnake Ridge One of dozens of small communities (hills and hollers) across the county Poverty and unemployment average 2X the McCreary county Residents routinely drive 50 miles or more (1-way) to a minimum wage job. This is ICM’s primary area of focus
Programs Food Pantry -200 families served /month Thrift Shop-50 tons sold annually Home Repair-20 completed annually Front Porch Ministries -Ongoing Youth Ministry -Weekly Woman’s Bible Study -Weekly Summer Bible Study 2-Annually Learning Center-10-20 youth use daily GED participants/graduates7 to date
Front Porch Ministry The "Front Porch" ministries serve the Spiritual needs of people on the ridges and in the hollows of Appalachia. Regular ministry programs include: weekly youth ministry, weekly women's bible study, outreach efforts, counseling on an as needed basis.
Food Pantry 200 families (600 people) served each month Benefitting residents are focusing more on what their next step in life is going to be, instead of only worrying about where their next meal is going to come from. A Summer Feeding Program which offers a free lunch each weekday during the summer months when school is out for those 18 years of age and younger.
Thrift Store Last year alone, 50 tons of clothes changed hands. Clothes from overstuffed closets from around the United States to the ICM thrift store and ultimately to the local residents who need them the most. It was ICM’s thrift store that facilitated and accommodated the redistribution of these critical items.
Home Repair 10-20 Home Repair Projects every year; from floors to windows, walls, ceilings, and roofs.
Youth Program Youth Programs such as weekly youth ministry, field trips, Christian youth retreats, movie/game nights, access to the ball field and playground facilities. Other youth programs including 2 annual VBS events and sports events.
Computer Lab An afterschool data center with internet access for homework and research projects for those families who do not have computers or internet resources. Educational Programs such as GED assistance and tutoring as well as maintaining the Heritage Learning Center which houses a library and ten computers on DSL internet for free community use.
Dormitory Construction Project Challenge: nearest hotel for mission teams in 30 miles away Solution: slated to get underway fall 2011 and be completed by summer 2012. Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee has generously offered to spearhead the construction of an on-site Dormitory that will house and sleep approximately 28 willing volunteers at a time. CCC is presently raising funds for the original construction project and ICM will need to provide the on-going maintenance and upkeep for the facility. The $39,500 annual budget will economically allow for the expansion and upkeep of the new dormitory
Current Situation Based on best estimates, KY-ICM is currently only providing services for approximately 15% or less of the nearby population - which based on their current poverty level, would mean many, many more could truly benefit from the KY-ICM offerings. Over the past 11 years, KY-ICM’s funding has primarily come from a very dedicated individual donor base. KY-ICM now raises approximately $100K annually through individual tax exempt contributions.
How Can You Help?
Adopt-A-Family (AAF) Program "Adopt-a-Family" (AAF) will help ICM fund the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the families of McCreary, KY. The AAF campaign is asking each generous individual contributor to donate $99 per month. At this time, you may also chose to donate any amount directly to the construction of the dormitory. From now until August 1st, 2011, a matching grant will double all contributions up to $15,000
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