Christians Join Hands to Help People in Need. Appalachian Outreach began in 1984 as a home repair ministry for poverty level people, by the Campus Ministries Department of Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee. Since then Appalachian Outreach has expanded its ministries to include a homeless shelter called Samaritan House, a food distribution ministry, a used clothing and furniture ministry, a computer and GED educational program, a ministry to Hispanic people, the Second Source Thrift Store, a recycling program, Christian nurturing and counseling. The Appalachian Outreach Ministries Center is located at 190 Old Andrew Johnson Highway, across from the city park.
We typically hire thirteen summer missionaries to serve with AO for a ten week program. The hours are long and the demands are incredible. We have volunteer teams that serve eight of the ten weeks. The summer missionaries serve as their leaders. Most of the volunteers are youth and need direction as well as helping them stay on task. Volunteer opportunities include working with our home repair program, homeless shelter, Kid's Club and Ministry Center (clothing and food). The summer missionaries stay in the dorms of Carson Newman and eat their meals at a local church and at the job site. We provide a $150.00 per week stipend and NAMB provides supplemental medical insurance. Some students are able to utilize their work during the summer as their internship depending on their major (human service, psychology, religion, Spanish, etc). We are also a host site for Bonner Scholars. We have an application on our web page.