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Reaching Out

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

Kathryn London, a high school junior from Boone, N.C., stood atop the roof of a house Monday afternoon on Chestnut Street in Campbellsville. She and others were replacing roof shingles.

Across town, a house on Robin Road is also getting a new roof, and a house on Sycamore Loop is getting a new deck.

Unlike many who choose to spend their spring break sunning at the beach, nearly 100 students and adults from Boone, N.C. are spending their spring break working in Campbellsville.

Why? London said it's simple.

"Because we get to help people."

Kentucky Heartland Outreach is completing various home repair projects with the help of youth group members from Howard's Creek Baptist Church, Greenway Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Perkinsville Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, all in Boone, N.C.

According to Dana Caudill with KHO, the group received a grant from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund administered by the Kentucky Housing Corp.

As a result, they accepted applications from low-income families in Taylor and Green counties who were in need of home repairs. The repairs are completed at no charge to homeowners.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to show how young people today want to do something positive in their world," Caudill said.

KHO began as a student-led ministry at Campbellsville University until it received its non-profit status in 2003. Campbellsville University continues to provide funding each year.

Homeowners may call 469-4949 to request an application to be mailed to them. Once it's complete, mail it to: Kentucky Heartland Outreach, 543 Blue Hole Road, Campbellsville, Ky. 42718. Applicants are approved based on qualifications such as income and level of need.