Warm, Dry and Safe

Description

The Cabell-Lincoln County Work Camp is a multicultural and relational Christian ministry designed to provide an experience in mission (home and church repair) for youth and adults in the particular cultural fellowship and spiritual community of West Virginia people, young and old.

Purpose

The purpose of this work camp is to provide a mutual experience of work, worship, study, and interaction between youth and adults from different cultures and denominations so that they, together, may celebrate their oneness in Christ and minister in God’s name to those in need.

Statement of History

We have been working in various counties of West Virginia since1966. This is a relational work camp concept and during these years approximately 1,575 homes and hundreds of thousands of labor hours have been involved. Churches and individuals have donated more than $445,000 to purchase material for these needed home repairs.

Work Projects

The type of work projects accomplished during work camp include roofing, underpinning, porch repair, outhouses, pump houses, foundation repair, siding, septic systems, painting, electrical and plumbing installation, and general indoor/outdoor home repair. The goal is to repair homes so they are warm, secure, safe and dry.

Local Coordination

The Reverend Bob Bondurant directed the work camp for over 35 years. Since his retirement in 2004, The Reverend Rick Wilson has served as director. The Work Camp Board of Directors and Planning Committee meet regularly to plan and coordinate the administration, work projects, food, housing and other important aspects of our work camp.

Location

The work projects are scattered in various areas of Cabell and Lincoln County. Most sites are in rural areas but some are located in the Huntington area. Campers are housed at Camp Asbury Woods (a Methodist facility 10 miles south of Huntington). Dormitory-style buildings have cots w/ mattresses and large bathrooms w/ showers. Meals are served in a large dining hall. A swimming pool at the camp is open for use in the afternoons. Some adult campers are housed in homes of Huntington residents.