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08-06-2013


Mountain Outreach Finishes Home for Davis Family

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) program completed the finishing touches on their second home this summer. Kyle and Samantha Davis are looking forward to receiving the keys to their new home and providing a more comfortable environment for their three young children.

The Davis’, who are expecting their fourth child any day, are a traditional family who puts family and their faith first. Their current living situation is not ideal for a family of this size and money is tight. They placed their application with Mountain Outreach in “hopes of a miracle to happen”. They felt like they had ran out of options and they prayed that MO would see the severity in their families’ situation and choose them. The Davis’ are members of the Mission of Hope Church located in Saxton and are firm believers that God will make a way for them...and He did.

“The Davis’ are strong in their faith and it shows,” said Mountain Outreach Director, Marc Hensley. “I feel our students made a wise decision by choosing this family for a home because they really do need it. They are good people.”

After being selected as potential candidates as new MO home recipients, the Davis’ had to partake in several interview sessions with UC students and Mountain Outreach. Marc Hensley and the MO team had the pleasure in announcing to the family that their lives would be forever changed after they decided they wanted them to receive the new home.

“When we found out we had been chosen to get a new home, we were amazed,” said Samantha Davis. “We are more than grateful to Marc and to the Mountain Outreach program. It was by the grace of God that we got this home. We wouldn’t know what to do at this point if he hadn’t received it.” The Davis’ are expected to move into their home by late next week. They were able to throw a bit of their personality into their home by choosing the paint colors for the bedrooms and the living room. The living room is vibrant and comforting with a beautiful shade of yellow splashed on the four walls, while a gorgeous hue of lavender owns the walls of another room. The home has shiny new hard wood flooring and solid oak cabinets that were donated to MO from Clyde Evans from Evans Cabinets Corporation in Dublin, Georgia. The Davis’ have a wonderful view of the mountains that is absolutely breathtaking. “It’s awesome,” expressed Kyle Davis.

“This is God’s program,” said MO Director, Marc Hensley. “It’s not about the homes…it’s about the people. The Davis’ and their story are a wonderful example of a true blessing. This is what Mountain Outreach is all about.”

University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach is a student-led building organization that has been nationally recognized for its work: The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty selected it as one of ten charities to receive the Samaritan Award; USA Today noted the program in its “Make a Difference Day” competition; President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light; University of the Cumberlands is ranked as one of the top schools by Washington Monthly because of the service its students provide to the community; and the University continues to be placed on the President’s “Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll” in recognition of our students’ commitment to community service. This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for dedication to community-based service projects.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.