Being from Alabama and attending school in Virginia, I have geographical ties to the Appalachian region. Having lived exclusively in those two states, I’m excited to serve a community that has been close to me my whole life. However, outside of living near the region, I don’t have any direct ties to the community that I’m serving this summer.
I have been inspired by the passion different organizations possess in serving the people of Appalachia. For example, during the initial CHEF tour with Fahe, I had the opportunity to see the impact Fahe has had in different areas in the community, whether it be with rehabilitation through the Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women or making it possible for single parents to further their education on the collegiate level through Eastern Scholar House. Moreover, I have already gotten a glimpse at the work Mountain T.O.P is doing as it partners with families it serves to complete major and minor home repairs.
There is tremendous work being done across Appalachia, in many different ways, and I’m thankful for the new experiences, growth, and lots of smiles.