The Facts

The communities that we serve are some of the poorest places in the United States.  

With most of the coal mines closed, the unemployment rate is at record highs, the education level is at all-time lows, and the sweet families that live here are stuck in the middle.  

In some of the communities, the rate of poverty for children under the age of 18 is approximately 60% . 

The Appalachian Mountain region is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, unless you are one of the families living there – trapped in a hopeless generational cycle of severe poverty.

40% of the homes in this area are considered by the US government as ‘substandard’ – meaning that there are more people living there than rooms and the home has no indoor plumbing.

The FACT is, if WE, the Body of Christ don’t step in and break the chains of poverty in these mountains, the generational cycle of poverty will continue and will only get worse.

In remote areas of West Virginia, the poverty rate is 33% with 49.4% of the children living in poverty. Unemployment is over 30%. The number of disabled persons over the age of five is between 40% and 45%. The percentage of high school graduates among people age 25 and over is less than 50%. 

This demographic is common in the Appalachian areas we serve

The Impact Of Anchor Ridge’s Work With Children and Families In The Appalachian Mountains

The impact of Anchor Ridge’s work in the Appalachian Mountains is significant and multifaceted. Here are some key areas where our efforts make a difference:

  • Nutritional Support: By providing food and groceries, Anchor Ridge ensures that children have access to the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development.
  • Health and Hygiene: Distribution of toiletries and cleaning supplies helps improve children’s health and hygiene, which is essential for preventing illness.
  • Educational Opportunities: Through various types of outreach, children receive supplies that support their education, such as school supplies and books.
  • Emotional Well-being: The provision of toys and gifts, especially during Christmas, Easter and to celebrate a child’s birthday, helps bring joy and a sense of normalcy to children’s lives.
  • Warmth and Comfort: By supplying winter coats and shoes, Anchor Ridge protects children from harsh weather conditions, ensuring they stay warm during the cold months.
  • Community Engagement: The hot meals and community events foster a sense of belonging and community among families.

Overall, Anchor Ridge’s initiatives aim to alleviate the immediate physical needs of children while also providing Hope through Christ and the opportunity for a better future. Our mission helps to combat the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life for children and families in the Appalachian Mountain Region.