A Thanks to the Many Volunteers of the Outreach Program in 2017.

The following is a note of thanks from Outreach Director Audrey Collins. 

2017 was a wonderful year for some families in eastern KY. This year we welcomed a group from Louisiana led by two women. They tore off a porch and replaced it with another complete with a new roof. Thank you for your donation to the camp.

Next we welcomed a group from ‘Helping Hands Ministry’ from Loogootee, IN. They built two wheelchair ramps for families in need and have already rescheduled for next year. Thank you for all of your hard work and for always helping us with Christmas gifts for the kids.

The third group came to us from Fischers, IN. They built two wheelchair ramps and also helped out at the school and camp with various projects. This is one group that has already rescheduled for next year. We would like to say thank you for your donation to the camp, which helps keep us running and thank you so very much for helping us at Christmas for several years.

A large group of students led by Deacon Mike from Michigan arrived next. They painted at the school and worked at the camp cleaning the grounds and doing necessary work. Three parishes were represented in this mission trip. It was wonderful to meet you all and we thank you for all of your hard work.

This year- we welcomed one of our largest group ever for the first time. Around 47 young men and women representing two Parishes arrived from St. Louis, MO. They built a beautiful deck, planted a flower garden, and worked on many other projects with the kids in the community. Thank you for your donation to the camp, which helps keep us running, and for all of your work.

Next, we welcomed a group from Cathedral High in Fischers, IN. They built a wheelchair ramp and completed several other projects in their short time they got to spend with us. Thank you for your donation to the camp, which is necessary for us to continue! Your hard work is very much appreciated.

Last, we welcomed our friends from Columbia City. They are a small, but hard working group and a lot of work was accomplished. Flooring, building a ramp, repairing a porch and several other projects were completed while they were with us. Thank you for your donation to the camp and for all of the work that you did for families.

Groups that come to Kentucky to work on Emergency Home Projects, do so as servants of God on a Mission trip. They raise money for projects and they are working for the people in need.

I will repeat this again…They are not working for me or The Piarist Outreach. I get the names and addresses of families in need and look at the projects before our volunteers arrive. That’s as far as my job goes with them.

We have a camp that the volunteers stay at when they arrive. Nothing fancy…but accommodations are there. We are thankful for the donations we receive because we pay all electric bills, upkeep on cabins, and repair a gravel/dirt road weekly. No one helps us with this. Most of the time it is coming out of our pockets.

Please know that we are very grateful for all of the help we receive here from amazing groups like these. The families helped by their generosity and hard work are forever changed. We could not do this without you.