Together for Hope Appalachia
Together for Hope (TFH) Appalachia is a rural development coalition, which follows the practice of asset-based community development (ABCD), believing that the key to alleviating poverty in these rural areas already exists with the people who are there. We are part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s national TFH Coalition which includes 301 counties in five regions (Appalachia, Delta, Black Belt, Rio Grande Valley, and Native Lands). Fifty-seven of the TFH counties are in Appalachia—39 in Kentucky, eight in West Virginia, seven in Tennessee, two in Virginia, and one in Ohio (find a listing of all 57 counties here: The Counties of TFH Appalachia).
Keith Stillwell serves as Coordinator for Together for Hope Appalachia. Contact Keith for more information and to get involved.
Together for Hope Appalachia - First Annual Meeting
September 20-21 at FBC Middlesboro, KY
Be a part of the conversation as we think about our place in Appalachia
Priorities of Together for Hope
Building a Coalition
We are building a coalition of groups (non-profits, government agencies, businesses, religious organizations and ministries, and individuals) who share our asset-based community development approach and our priorities of education, health & nutrition, housing & environment, and social enterprise. Perhaps your group would like to join this coalition or you know of one who would.
Join the Together for Hope coalition
Church partnerships, mission trips, projects
Become a prayer partner for one of the counties
Become an online research partner for one of the counties
Meet Some of Our Together for Hope Kentucky Partners
Scarlette Jasper is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving with Together for Hope (A Rural Development Coalition), in the Appalachian foothills of Southern and South Central Kentucky. A longtime champion for the economically disadvantaged, Scarlette ministers within some of the poorest counties in the United States. The majority of the counties in which Scarlette serves are considered “distressed” counties on the basis of low per capita income and high rates of poverty and unemployment. Scarlette is the Director of Olive Branch Ministries, which serves individuals and families in crisis, including: Individuals experiencing homelessness, Survivors of domestic violence, and Families in financial and medical crisis.
Meet Paula Settle
Paula Settle serves with Together for Hope in Eastern Kentucky, primarily in Owsley and Powell Counties. She coordinates mission teams, emphasizes education with an adopt-a-classroom program and tutoring, and works with senior adult groups.
Emma Quire Mission Center - Owsley County
Sponsored by First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY
In 2003, First Baptist Church purchased the Goodman’s Motel in downtown Booneville, Kentucky to house the Emma Quire Mission Center (EQMC). The building has been completely renovated for the purpose of housing mission teams from around the country coming to Owsley County for a variety of reasons (Vacation Bible Schools, construction projects, food/clothing distribution, etc.).
First Baptist Church named the facility after Mrs. Emma Quire of Frankfort. Mrs. Quire’s name is synonymous with Kentucky Baptist mission work. A long-time member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Quire had a heart and passion to serve anyone in need with compassion and the love of Jesus.
In the winter of 2016 the EQMC was renovated with new bathrooms, floors, linens, and various other improvements to enhance the stay of those coming to serve the citizens of Owsley County in the name of Christ.
On August 2, 2016, the EQMC became a non-profit organization (501c3) and elected its first Board of Directors. On October 16, 2016, the EQMC celebrated its 10th year anniversary and hosted a rededication service. The prayer of the new board is to continue the great ministries to Owsley through the mission teams that come to make a difference in one of the poorest counties in the country.
Appalachian Immersion experience
Appalachian Immersion Experience & Flowers Mission Wing
Sponsored by First Baptist Church, Middlesboro, KY
Appalachian Immersion is a project of First Baptist Church offering missional groups opportunities for contextual learning, service, and relationship that might change our assumptions about Southeastern Kentucky. We hope to respond to a central question, “What if we offered to serve and bless, but then discovered that our experience here changed us and blessed us?”