Our staff lives and works in Estill County, KY in the foothills of Appalachia, "Where the Bluegrass Kisses the Mountains". Our commitment to promote healthy living is personal and deeply rooted in our friends and families.
To be considered healthy, a community needs accessible medical care, healthy food, and means for healthy living at home, work and school, as well as good mental health resources.
Facts about This Area of Appalachia and Why It Needs Help:
This area is medically underserved. Not enough physicians and dentists and a severe lack of mental health services.
Considered a "food desert" with lack of grocery stores and healthy food choices.
Lack of income and no public transportation limit people's access to health care and groceries.
One third (33%) of the children and adults live in poverty.
There is no sizable industry, and only a few jobs exist; unemployment ranges from 10-20%.
Death rates due to cancer, heart disease, stroke and suicide are higher than average for the State of Kentucky which is higher than the national average.
Prevalence of diabetes and obesity is higher than the national average, even among youth.
More than 40% of residents have high cholesterol and/or hypertension.
Only 3% of women and 6% of men completed a bachelor's degree while 22% never finished high school.
60% of the people do not attend church or belong to an organized faith community.
40-50% of our children in the community live with their grandparents or others instead of their parents.
Contact us to learn how you can benefit from our programs or how you may help.
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Body, Mind, and Spirit
(Except during a pandemic) We provide a gathering space for peace and reflection, someone to talk to, individual health counseling and services to rural churches and the community. We believe in a holistic approach, understanding that if one area of a person's life is askew, all areas are affected. If a child is hungry, she/he will not be able to learn. If an adult has chronic disease they may also be depressed. Likewise, those who hold unprocessed grief or trauma will have greater instances of illness and disease. We believe that faith and health education can be integrated for greater healing of dis-ease and that healing is an ongoing endeavor.
For personal health counseling by phone call (606)723-8505
Because we are a nonprofit corporation, we depend upon contributions from individuals like you. If you would like to make a donation or want additional information about this ministry, please contact us.
Phone (606) 723-8505
Hours of Operation Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Program Hours as Needed