Our History

At Mission of Hope, we believe God has called us to make a difference for our impoverished rural neighbors.

David Heatherly standing in front of a mission truck.

David Heatherly - Executive Director

David Heatherly with our Mission Statement

To provide Christian ministries during appropriate seasons of the year, including Christmas and Easter, through a system of delivering clothes, food, toys, and school supplies to impoverished families; to assist in the repair of existing homes or relocating to other homes when appropriate; to provide scholarships for qualifying children of the area; to assist in developing skills or other expertise for the creation of new or expanded jobs in the area; and to assist in locating jobs for persons who are willing to relocate outside the area.

The Mission of Hope is a year-round ministry blessed to assist many of our less fortunate Appalachian neighbors with much-needed goods and resources; college scholarships; and help with basic educational, health care, and home repair needs.

Thank you for caring enough to help those who still have hope.

David Heatherly standing in front of a mission truck.

David Heatherly - Executive Director

A group of people standing in front of boxes of food.

The men, women, and families of our beautiful mountain home celebrate a long heritage of self-reliance and independence. Unfortunately, in communities across Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee where 80% of the region’s residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry, many families face crippling poverty, broken families, job losses, and depleted coal mining economies.

Since 1996, Mission of Hope has ministered to and met many of the needs of families living with poverty throughout rural Appalachia. We now help thousands of children and families across Kentucky and Tennessee with food, clothes, toys, hygiene items, and other basic essentials.

Many of the people we assist are caught in the cycles of poverty and as a result, have lost all hope for their future. With your help and with God’s love, we can help bring new hope to so many of our neighbors.

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