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Second Mountain Outreach Home Dedicated on July 2nd


Wilbert McBride (right center) stands with Mountain Outreach Volunteers at the dedication of this summer’s second completed home on Little Cane Creek Rd.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – On July 2, University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach program held the dedication ceremony for the second of three homes being built this summer in Taylor Meadows on Little Cane Creek. Work on the home, was begun on June 29 and completed on July 1 by Mountain Outreach and volunteers from College Park Baptist Church from Winston-Salem, N.C.

Volunteers not only provide labor but also much the materials for the homes. Wilbert McBride, a retired worker who volunteered as “gofer” for the project, and his wife are responsible for obtaining the lighting fixtures used in the home. Mrs. McBride’s cousin owns a lighting company and donated the fixtures that she and her husband brought with them. McBride, who has come on the mission trip, driving his bright, yellow truck, every year since his retirement in 1998, is obviously a popular character on the building site. “He’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet,” stated one student volunteer about him, and all the others readily agreed.


Mountain Outreach volunteers clean up following the completion of the second home.

Roger Jones, project director, from College Park stated that this particular project is, “Good for our church and the ministry. It pulls all generations together to work and sweat together as we grow in serving others. There is so much we gain from this by letting others see Jesus work through us.”

Jane Mize from College Park has been a part of Mountain Outreach work for 12 years, “It still amazes me,” she stated, “and each time we get to see the seniors in our church teach the youth and let them learn from the experience. It is such a wonderful thing to watch!”

By quoting from Matthew 25: 35-45, Roger Jones always challenges the builders before they begin a new home and gives them a set of guidelines as they start to work. The passage focuses on Jesus’ telling his disciples that they had clothed, fed, nursed him, visited him in prison and had taken him in as a stranger. The disciples ask when they had done these things, and Jesus responds, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these my brothers of mine, you did for me.” The passage continues to explain that not doing such good for one’s fellow humans is the same as neglecting Jesus himself.

Mountain Outreach is a service organization of University of the Cumberlands. Beginning in the 1980s, this program grew from a grass-roots effort by students who wanted to improve housing for some area families. Volunteer groups from several states come to help each summer, but students in the program work all year, making home repairs, building wheel-chair ramps and performing many other jobs for individuals and families who, for physical or financial reasons, might not be able to do the work themselves. The mission of Mountain Outreach is not to provide a hand out but a hand up. The deserving, hard working families who receive homes through the program help with the work of construction and pay for their homes through an interest-free mortgage with payments tailored to their incomes.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study; 30 minors; nine pre-professional programs; graduate degrees, including a doctorate and certifications in education, an MBA, a degree in physician assistant studies; and online programs.