NEW! Kentucky Housing Justice

Disaster Relief Ages 14+ June 25-July 1, July 2-8, July 9-15

  • 325 US dollars

About the Week

December 10, 2021: A tornado tore through western Kentucky resulting in widespread catastrophic damage. Homes, businesses, schools and more were destroyed in and around Mayfield. Your group will partner with Week of Compassion, Be The Neighbor, and local leaders to help the community recover. Mayfield is intentionally rebuilding in ways that make home-ownership and safe affordable housing more available. You will work on construction re-building projects and build relationships with community leaders and those affected by the disaster. You will learn about housing justice and best practices for making housing more accessible for all people by partnering with neighbors in ways that are relational, sustainable, dignity-affirming and trauma-informed. Your group will learn how your congregation can become disaster-ready, so that in the event of a disaster in your community, you are equipped and prepared to lead assistance, care, recovery and love for your neighbors. Your group will stay in Paducah, about 40 minutes from Mayfield. You will travel to Mayfield each day. Tools and equipment will be provided. No previous construction experience is required (although skilled participants are very helpful). You will have a site director and summer staff with your group throughout the week. Participants must be 14 years old and older. Each day includes a morning gathering with a biblical reflection and videos to learn more about disaster relief and partner organizations for the day, hands-on activities in the community, free time, and connect time, our justice-based curriculum to help your group connect your week with how you will put your faith into action in new ways when you return home. Cost is $325 per participant for six nights (Sun evening - Sat morning. You will work Monday - Thursday.) Shorter weeks can be scheduled at $70 per participant per night. Cost includes: • Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snack, Monday morning through Friday morning • Lodging in a local church • A dedicated Site-Coordinator and trained young adult staff to facilitate your week • Fully planned service and educational experiences • Honorariums for speakers, costs for activities, entrance fees • A t-shirt for each participant • Online consultation with Be the Neighbor planning staff in the spring • Online training for your adult leaders in late May or early June Note that your group is responsible for transportation.