Housing Ministries


APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian Ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. CUMC youth and adults serve each year with ASP to help provide home repairs and additions to families in those communities.

For more information please click HERE to go to our Appalachia Service Project Page or contact Phil Mohr at pmohr@centreville-umc.org.

SNEEDVILLE MISSION TRIP

Each summer, a mission team of youth and adults travel to Sneedville, TN to serve the community through construction projects, backyard bible school, and nursing home and ladies' group ministries. Throughout the week the Sneedville mission team centers on God by building relationships with each other and the community residents.

For more information please click HERE to go to our Sneedville Mission Trip Page or contact Jill Lee at jlee@centreville-umc.org.

Hypothermia Shelter

The Hypothermia Prevention Response Program provides a warm place to stay on cold winter nights during the winter months. Churches open their doors to host the shelter and provide all the food, supplies and people to run the shelter each night. Centreville UMC partners with St. Stephen’s UMC in Burke, VA to host the shelter one week each winter.

If you would like to participate in Hypothermia Shelter opportunities, contact Phil Mohr at pmohr@centreville-umc.org.

Rebuilding Together

Arlington, Fairfax, & Falls Church

Every year in April, CUMC sponsors a “Rebuilding Together” Project in partnership with the Fairfax, Arlington and Falls Church (RT/AFF) affiliate of the National Rebuilding Together organization. CUMC sponsors the project by contributing funding for materials and hardware purchases, and also by sending a team of volunteers to implement improvements and fixes for a needy household. Low income families are selected by RT/AFF that are in need and unable to perform the repairs themselves. There is often an elderly or disabled member of the family, and the home usually needs special repairs or enhancements to make their environment safer, healthier, and to give them more independence and accessibility in their daily lives.

In past years CUMC has helped build wheel chair access ramps, install grab bars in bathrooms, widen doorways for wheel chair access, replace faulty hand rails, repair damaged kitchen cabinets or appliances, clean out gutters, make minor plumbing and electrical repairs, and much more. Its a wonderfully rewarding experience that you will always remember.

Tools and technical guidance are provided by the CUMC “House Captain” and a core group of CUMC handy men and women. They guide you along every step of the project day.

Look for more information each year in March and April, as the Rebuilding Team seeks volunteers and announces the specific household/family that CUMC will assist that year. The big day occurs on the last Saturday of April, with a few opportunities to help out in preparation and clean up activities. A free lunch, T-shirt and lots of fun is there for all participants. Frequently CUMC groups (like Ruth’s Circle) will provide the lunch for us. Volunteers will have an opportunity to sign up by e-mail or at the CUMC Welcome Center. Please join CUMC each year in this memorable event of serving others in the community. You will have fun, learn skills and make memories that will stay with you forever.

For more information, contact Ray Russell at revblueray@aol.com

Learn More: http://www.rebuildingtogether-aff.org

Other Housing Ministries We Support


The Brain Foundation

The Brain Foundation provides affordable housing for those suffering from serious and persistent brain diseases such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders and who are homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless. CUMC member, Trudy Harsh, founded the Brain Foundation in 2003. Trudy was driven to establish the Brain Foundation based on her experience with her daughter, Laura who suffered a brain tumor when she was 8 years old and the resulting surgery left her stunted emotionally and physically. While Laura struggled with her challenges for 30 years until her death in January 2006, she brought great joy to her family and friends through her keen wit, jokes, poetry, and upbeat attitude.

Trudy recognized an opportunity to fill the housing gap caused by the closure of many mental health facilities over the past several decades and undertook the ambitious task of seeking out and organizing the legal, financial, technical, and political talent necessary to secure support for acquiring a stock of housing that in 10 – 15 years will be self sustaining and expanding.

In October 2006, the Virginia Housing Development Authority awarded the Brain Foundation a loan to purchase its first home in Fairfax City, Virginia. The home was named “Laura’s House” and beautifully furnished with donations. Since then, the Brain Foundation has bought 8 more Laura’s Houses located in Fairfax County and Fairfax City, VA for a total of 9 houses.

For more information, please visit their website at www.brain-foundation.org or contact Trudy Harsh at 703-830-8852.