Each summer the Outreach Division sponsors a mission trip to locations that have suffered from natural disasters, or to areas where volunteering with special projects can help those who need it.
This past summer 24 youth and adults traveled to Kentucky to work with the Appalachian Service Project to build and improve housing for those in need. A similar trip is planned for the summer of 2016.
In June 23-28, 2013, 23 youth and adults traveled to Asheville, NC to work with The Timothy Project on an urban mountain mission. The focus of the week was ministry, building relationships and sharing gifts.
In April 2013 we also worked with the RENEW CREW during Affordable Housing Awareness Week. The RENEW CREW (formerly ElderCare) works with low-income, elderly or disabled residents of the Greater Richmond area. Supervised volunteers provide critical, small scale home repairs, enabling residents to stay in their homes. This outreach effort is a great way to help when you have just a day or two to volunteer, or when you want to help in your own community. Contact Shawna Shade for information.
In June 2012 , our youth and adults teams partnered with Appalachia Service Project to rebuild homes and lives in Tennessee. This was our third trip working with ASP, having worked with ASP in 2010 in Mullens, W. Va In August of 2012, over a period of three days, 34 volunteers joined the “RENEW CREW” of Project:Homes to help those in need in our own community.
We have worked locally with Boaz and Ruth in the Highland Park area of Richmond, adding a two story addition one year, and renovating a home in 2009. In other years, we have sent teams to the Gulf coast to help with rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina.