About Aaron Phelps

Aaron collects stories from Fahe Members and the people they help in order to present the needs of Appalachia to the public through written word and video. In his free time he nerds it up by playing RPGs, writing fantasy stories, and playing drums.

Appalachian Travel Guide – Berea Music Series

In the latest installment of the Appalachian Travel Guide we turn to Fahe’s backyard of Berea, KY.  As always, if you’re interested in contributing, leave a comment below or contact Aaron Phelps at aphelps@fahe.org.

How do you make small-town life appealing to a variety of people across different generations?  That was the question on the […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

Carter G. Woodson

Born in New Canton, Virginia, in 1875, Woodson was the son of former slaves, James and Eliza Riddle Woodson.  Carter Woodson would go on to move with his family to West Virginia after his father learned that Charleston was building a high school for black people.  His pursuit of education eventually led him to Berea […]

By |February 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fahe receives $1M to Address Opioid Epidemic in Eastern Kentucky

Fahe received a $1million Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization(POWER) award from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to work with our partners to address the  epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in Eastern Kentucky. Funding will finance three community health/recovery facilities, provide needed health services, and create jobs in coal-impacted communities.

 

The lack of economic […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Internet of Things

The following is a guest contribution from Sandi Curd who works for Fahe Member Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.  Sandi serves as the Kentucky Promise Zone Coordinator for southeastern Kentucky which is the first rural area in the nation to receive a Promise Zone Designation.

This marks Sandi’s second contribution to our blog.  Sandi’s article expresses her […]

By |January 19th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Let us therefore continue our triumphant march to the realization of the American Dream.”

-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King Jr Day is January 16th this year, and Fahe joins millions in celebrating the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Civil Rights movement has positively impacted each of our lives in […]

By |January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ways to Help Victims of the Tennessee Wildfires

There has been an outpouring of concern for the victims of the recent Tennessee fires that destroyed a large portion of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevier County and displaced more than 14,000 residents.

Officials are asking that people wishing to help not travel to the area but instead send assistance.  There are numerous organizations working to […]

By |December 7th, 2016|appalachia|0 Comments

A Zip and a Promise

The following is a guest contribution from Sandi Curd who works for Fahe Member Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.  Sandi serves as the Kentucky Promise Zone Coordinator for southeastern Kentucky which is the first rural area in the nation to receive a Promise Zone Designation.

Sandi’s contribution is part of our Appalachian Travel Guide, a series dedicated […]

By |December 1st, 2016|appalachia|0 Comments

Fahe Partners Receive a Total of $305 Million to Revitalize Economic and Community Development

The Federal Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund) has announced $7 billion in New Market Tax Credit Awards to 120 organizations nationwide.  We are proud to announce that among those recipients are organizations that Fahe has partnered with successfully over the years, including one Member of the Fahe Network.  We are excited because […]

By |November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Quick Comparison of FHA and Conventional Loans

Fahe offers affordable and reliable mortgage products through JustChoice Lending.  In the past we have discussed USDA 502 Direct loans on this blog and how this product is a great option for rural families with lower incomes.  However, our commitment to creating prosperous neighborhoods and successful homeowners in Appalachia extends to families of all income […]

By |November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fahe’s Appalachia HEAT Squad Saves Homeowners Money

Every year, families in Central Appalachia lose hundreds to thousands of dollars in utility bills due to poorly insulated homes. Fahe’s newest program, Appalachia HEAT Squad®, is bringing greater access to energy efficiency to homeowners in the region. Fahe Member Housing Development Alliance (HDA) in Hazard is already working to bring the benefits of increased […]

By |October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments