Elkhorn, West Virginia
Our Elkhorn SWAP headquarters is located at the former Houston Coal Company club house in the heart of McDowell County, an area where many have suffered severe economic and personal hardship with the transformation of the mining industry and with two major floods in recent years.
The Elkhorn House is a wonderful piece of history, that can accommodate groups up to 32 in number from spring through fall. The facility is owned by SHED (Safe Housing & Economic Development, Inc.), a local MCC partner who allows SWAP to use the property as a home base for ministry.
It is fulfilling to know that the homes that volunteers are improving will provide safe, warm & dry homes for people who deal with their difficult situations. Working at the Elkhorn location gives volunteers an intensive week of insight into the place we call Appalachia.
The Harlan Forestry Camp is the base for SWAP home repair ministry in Harlan County. Formerly a minimum-security prison, this facility has been made available for the SWAP program’s use by the County in recognition for the work to improve housing conditions for local residents. Volunteers come from the US and Canada to share God’s love in real and tangible ways.
Each day the work crews travel to homeowner sites in the valleys below for home repair. The goal is to make homes: Safe! Warm! Dry! So, many projects involve new roofs, repairing flooring, building porches with steps or ramps, and more. A member of our SWAP staff will accompany you to your worksites.
The camp can accommodate groups up to 55 in number from spring through fall. In addition a small efficiency apartment plus a guest room are available for couples, or for a family, who wishes to serve during spring or fall months.
Our Hindman location is headquartered at the Hindman United Methodist Church in the heart of Knott County The Hindman location is well supported by this church partner, as well as the Hindman Settlement School, another MCC partner. While our home base is close to the local lumber yard and other amenities, it is also not far from the "hollers" where we work at many "safe, warm, and dry" housing projects.
The Hindman facility can accommodate groups of 30 from spring through the fall months.