Appalachia Home Building | Special Collection

Thank You!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Our thanks go out to the entire Nativity Family for their incredible support of this important outreach program.  Our goal was to raise $65,000 and as of 2/3/20 we reached $73,424 which surpassed our previous top donation mark of $66,000 last year.  Your support will ensure that Nativity will complete its 22nd home. God bless you all!

2020 Project

On the weekend of January 4/5, the Knights will be speaking at all the masses asking for your help to continue their home building effort in one of the poorest counties in our country.

For the last 19 years, the Nativity Knights and Nativity Catholic Church have partnered with the Appalachian Construction Crew operating out of Bellevue, Nebraska, to build one or two homes in McCreary County, Kentucky, which is rated as one of the top counties in this country for income below the poverty level. Throughout the year both crews raise money to offset the cost of approximately $75,000 to build the home. With the generosity of Nativity, we have raised over $65,000 in past collections and has now become the main funding source for the annual home building effort. Without Nativity’s support, the home building effort would have ceased in 2005. Last year, the combined crews built a home for the Kates family. The father held a fulltime job making approximately $30,000 and the family of five lived in a rundown trailer. We are trying to equal our past collection efforts — but we can’t do it without your help. This will be the 22nd home built by Nativity and the Knights.

This year Good Shepherd Chapel in Whitley City selected the Marler family of five to receive our next home. The family has been living in a trailer that has significant mold issues, holes in the floors, and is nearly impossible to heat in the winter. The family’s total income is $16,000. Over a very compressed two weeks in June, the combined crews build a 1,100SF, three-bedroom home, complete with porches, heating/AC, appliances, and a septic system — the family assists if they are able. This year we again plan to have multiple crews and stay longer to install the sheetrock, kitchen cabinets, and do more of the interior finishing to help get the family in earlier and reduce the overall cost. A handyman prepares the foundation and because of new county requirements, we must hire local electricians, HVAC specialists, and plumbers who work side-by-side with our crews to complete the home which has significantly added to our costs. Last year we were able to get the family moved in by the end of June, literally days after we completed the home.

How to Donate

Please help if you can, but above all pray that we may be able to continue this important mission! The Knights will be collecting at all the church exits after all the masses—checks may be made payable to Nativity Catholic Church, but annotate Appalachia Home Building on the check and your church envelope number to facilitate posting to your account. If you would like to mail your contribution, please send it to Nativity Catholic Church, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, VA 22015.

Please contact Bob Corsi with any questions at [email protected] or 703-239-2890.

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