About Us

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. Our vision is to eradicate substandard housing in Central Appalachia and equip and inspire lives of Christian service. It provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation -- bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. But ASP is more than just a home repair program. Yes, Appalachia's poorest families urgently need your help, but they can help change your life, too. Because when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you. Scituate ASP has been in operation for 11 years now. Though sponsored by the First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate, it is open to teens and adults from the Scituate area, no matter the church affiliation or faith. Every summer, a group of teens and adults travels to the poorest counties in Appalachia to work on repairing the homes of the neediest, helping to make these homes “safer, drier, and warmer” and perhaps having their lives change in the process.

The group forms in the fall, works throughout the year on building greater awareness of life in Appalachia, developing construction skills, and fundraising to pay for the annual trip. The trip takes place in late June or early July.

On this past July 12, 58 teens and 25 adult group leaders left Scituate for Craigsville, West Virginia and spent that following week working in teams of two adults and 4-5 teens on homes in that area. They returned to Scituate on July 21.

This year's trip will be headed for West Virginia again. We will be departing Scituate on Saturday, July 4 and returning on July 12. We are still waiting to find out our exact Center location.