New letter 2015

Cumberland Mountain Outreach Ministries Incorporated is a faith based nonprofit organization (mission) 501/c3 for children at risk in impoverished counties in the Appalachian Region. We demonstrate Jesus; teaching through the many facets of this mission: feeding the hungry, clothing the less fortunate, offering part time jobs, home repair, conducting kid’s camps, all the while sharing the love of Jesus. We believe that many will come to know God in a greater way because of the unconditional love that is shown through the work of campers and volunteer staff. 

  As you may know Lee County is located in rural Eastern KY which has a very high poverty rate. According to the latest stats from the US Census Bureau Lee County has about an 11.8% unemployment rate with the medium household income being about $18,000. When compared to the state unemployment rate of 5% and medium income of $42,000 it is easy to see why so many of our families are living in poverty and can’t even meet their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. The state census show that 42% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty, 80% of the children live with their Grandparents, and the school has an 80% rate for free lunches.  

  We received 35 Home Repair Applications in the early spring. The Home Repair Applications are for families needing help with basic home repair.

We interview all the families, make a folder for each of them and post that on Face book (Cumberland Mountain) in photo albums. Teams select families to serve the week they are in KY.

  In the summer months, 6 Churches / Youth groups registered to come to C.M.O., to work and bless these families.

    This is a night of clogging lessons for Centerville Christian Church, Spartanburg Christian Church teens from Ind. and Mrs. Rose.

      At the same time, some of the church groups host five weeks of Kid's 3 day, camps, and Vacation Bible School programs. About 20 to 30 mountain children attended the Day Camps each week. We know that these children were eating well, getting exercise, growing in Christ, and getting free education and social skills. We are receiving an AHA grant for 2016 Kid’s Camp and the TILP program. The Kid’s Camp is the foundation for the Teen In Leadership Program. The Teens In Leadership Program known as (TILP), is a program developed at Cumberland Mountain Outreach in 2007.  This program keeps preteens through high school youth, out of adverse environments and develops Christian leadership skills.  This year’s summer team was: 

Mandy Williamson, Gracie Spencer, Morgan Williamson, Markel Thompson, Tim Napier, William King, Brandi Williamson, Krystal Spencer, and Cindy and David Evanoff (directors).

 The success rate of TILP is about 90 %, keeping the teen’s jail free, and drug free, and becoming contributing adults. The secret to the success rate is twofold: 1. Instill in the youth that they are valuable and loved and what they think, say, and do matters to God and us. In addition, they are learning how to be people of character. 2. Keeping the youth away from the bad influences, as well as teaching them to be honest to others and themselves.                                                                            The youth commit to:   one day a week for a garden program that’s sponsored by People Encouraging People, UK agriculture Department, Americans Helping Americans, and Chris Williamson.                                  3 days of training for internship (June 1-3, then on June 8-10) creating and performing a 3 day kid’s camp on their own, then 4 weeks of hosting church teams in the summer, assisting CMO at town events, and school programs throughout the year.                                                                            

This American Flag, at beginning of town hill, was one of TILPS community services projects. We also helped the Kiwanis Club raise $500. for the Relay of Life .We were at the 4th of July fireworks offering free body art. We will be at the readifest helping Lee County Youth Services. We will also host the Miss Kiwanis Homecoming beauty pageant. Where Taylor Gross won, her talent is streaming on YouTube as Taylor Gross Dibs.  Krystal Spencer was presented the life time Kentucky Corneal award, for her service to CMO and Lee County.    We are at the Woolly worm Festival offering free game, Balloons and Kid’s Tattoos’. And a Shark tank fish game for a fund raiser. The last event for the year is a Christmas celebration, open to all Children Dec.19th from 10:00-3:00.

   Celebrate The Light (JESUS), is one of the largest Christmas lights celebrations in the area. Starting with CMO’s award winning Christmas lighting displays (First place in the 2014 Spirit of Christmas Award). The light bill was $2,000.00 last year(2013) for Nov. and Dec. but with creative lighting LED lights discounted from Winchester’s Lowe’s, the utility bill for the camp is about $750.00 for the two months in 2014.
 

We give Christmas gifts to the jail, Head Start Program, and shoppers at the Second Hand Rose.

70 guests came here to C.M.O. for our annual Christmas party. Thanks to AHA and Savanna Club Worship Service Inc. in Port St. Lucie FL. and a team of 20 volunteers that come from Georgetown/ Cynthiana, KY area.

  Children received a hot lunch, gifts, played games and received free pictures with Santa.

 

   The Second Hand Rose (thrift store) the clothing prices are: kid's clothing $.50, all tops $.50, pants $1.00, coats and nice dresses $2.00, but to the truly needy (homeless and burned out) it's all free.

 

   Working with the Lee County Ministerial Assoc. we provide a food pantry for families in need of emergency food. So far we average about 25- 30

families a month. The food and money is given to us by AHA (frozen food), churches, and the fifth Sunday Hymn Sing.

  We did not receive the Americans Helping Americans (AHA) $2,000.00 grant for utility assistance's for families in need. In 2014 we gave a onetime aide of $20.00 for 200 families. This gives the families time to raise the rest of the money needed, before the service is turned off.

  

AHA gave a $5,000.00 grant to Lee County Family Resource Center at Beattyville Elementary School for new shoes for the children and 2 tons of school supplies, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets, and $1,000 for underwear last year.

  AHA sends us about 2 tons of frozen food twice a year to give out to families in need at the Beattyville Manor; some of this food went in the food pantry.

Because of the lack of income in our county, there is much hunger. When you have to choose between food, and a bill, you give up on the good food and make bad cheap food choices, so you can pay the other bills. The Food Pantry’s, frozen sandwiches and hot pockets where a big blessing for so many. There where countless times people would say,” Thank you so much! I know what we will be eating for dinner tonight”, as they are starting to eat a sandwich on their way out.

In 2014 AHA sent 336 turkeys to Lee County that we gave out to 30 Churches to give in food boxes, to the needy in our community. I never realized the need for turkeys, till I received so many thanks you, with stories of what Thanksgiving would have been like without that turkey. This year we would like to honor the volunteers and their families that serve our community.

 

AHA through CMO gave $900.00 to PEP, UK Lee County Extension Agents to the GROW program to provide 27 families with supplies, and six months of training from seedlings to canning. The Teens In Leadership Program has benefited from this as well as $800 for gardening tools.

 

God has put together a great team here at CMO Rose Roberts at 85 years old, manages The Second Hand Rose Thrift Store. She has done so for the past 10 years, and before that she was the grounds manager for 2 years. That is when the pond and garden were started.

We have worked with many work programs from K- tap (food stamp program) to Green Thumb (Seniors Citizen work program) Ready to work (summer teen program) But when we found Rose needed help we prayed and God has sent Laura Jones 74 year old, and Tim, Chrystal, and Samantha, to assist Rose, and  to help me keep the camp looking great.




Chris, Andrea, Morgan, Mandy Williamson and David Evanoff, are my back up team. When I’m in need of help, one, if not all, will be here to pick up the slack. We also take care of the Jr. Church program at Community Christian Church for 6 years now.

 

There is no way CMO would be here without GOD, prayers and support of people that believe in us, and the work teams that come to KY. and  The Lee County Fiscal Court for the camp grounds on which we sit.                    Pray with me:

Thank you Father for sending Jesus to show us how to live love well. Thank you for willing hearts to share your love, to a cruel and dying world.

Thank you, for putting this letter in the right hands, so your servant will know the work that’s being accomplished in your name. Lead guide and direct us all in the way you would have us to go. In Jesus’ name Amen!                                www. cmoky.org