Together for Hope Appalachia

First Annual Meeting

Beginning a Conversation about our Place in Appalachia

September 20-21, 2019


First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, KY
2300 Cumberland Ave, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965

Questions? Contact Keith Stillwell.
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Registration (no cost)



Friday, September 20 

6:00-7:00 - Supper 

7:00-7:45 - Introduction to Together for Hope by Keith Stillwell, Coordinator TFH Appalachia 

7:45-8:45 - Networking: Participants share about their work in Appalachia

8:45 - Dismiss (for those not participating in Vesper Service)

8:45-9:00 - Vesper Service (optional) led by Rev. Zach Bay, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, KY

Saturday, September 21

7:00-7:30 - Morning Prayers (optional) led by Rev. Zach Bay, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, KY

7:30-8:15 - Breakfast 


8:15-8:45 - Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) – with Jason Coker, Together for Hope National Director 

By way of Zoom conferencing, meet Jason Cooker, national director for Together for Hope, and learn about how Together for Hope (TFH) uses asset-based community development. TFH can assist your community with asset mapping—a process for discovering the assets within the community and using them to develop plans of action alongside people and groups within the community. 

8:15-8:45 - Introduction to Together for Hope (an option for any not able to attend the Friday night session) 

8:45-11:00 - Beginning a Conversation: What is Together for Hope’s Place in Appalachia? (Dreaming, Planning, Collaborating) With time for dialogue within groups of similar interests 

11:00-12:00 - The Appalachian Immersion Experience: An Introduction

12:00-12:45 – Lunch

1:00 - Dismiss or Site Visits and Tourism 


For Questions about Housing Options contact:


Flowers Mission Wing - FBC Middlesboro 
Available by reservation at no cost.
Two rooms with 12 bunks each, Hall shower room has 3 private stalls. Leaders’ suite has 2 bedrooms, bath, common lounge area.
Two additional bathrooms with one shower each
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Sleep Inn 
1260 N 12th Street, Middlesboro, KY 40965
606-576-7829 (say you are with Together for Hope)
King or Dbl Queen: $110 plus tax 123.27 (possible better rate if booked online, no refund) 
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Holiday Inn Express 
1252 N 12th St, Middlesboro, KY 40965
606-248-6860 (Ask for "special negotiated rate for Together for Hope")
King or Dbl Queen: 125.00 plus tax 136.69 (possible better rate if booked online, no refund)  
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What is 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. 

The Priorities of Together for Hope are: 
1. Education
2. Health & Nutrition
3. Housing & Environment 
4. Social Enterprise 

Berea College Brushy Fork Leadership Institute 


TFH Appalachia Participants are also encouraged to attend the Annual Brushy Fork Leadership Summit at Berea College, Kentucky, September 18-20 where TFH Appalachia will be exhibiting. You might especially be interested in the Leadership for Community Reconciliation track which explores how to bridge divides in communication in communities. 

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The Leadership Summit serves to build the capacity of community-based leaders and organizations in Central Appalachia. It provides the training, resources, and networking tools Appalachian leaders need to work collaboratively and address the most pressing issues facing our region.