FAITH WORKS is a partnership between MEOC and the faith
MEOC is guided by the philosophy
of asset based community development which focuses on a
region’s strengths and resources rather than its deficits in
organizing those assets in service to others.
The faith community has long been and continues to be
a major asset to MEOC and those we serve.
Thousands of frail, low income older persons
benefit from this natural partnership which combines MEOC’s
commitment to serve older persons in the greatest economic
or social need with the commitment of churches and people of
faith to serve “the least of these.”
Some of the major areas in which this partnership
works are MEOC’s Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly, which
helps older persons pay electric bills and purchase fuel in
Our Daily Bread, which sponsors older persons in need of
home delivered meals;
Support for Family Caregivers using space provided by
places of worship for community group respite centers and
adult day health care; MEOC’s Mountain Laurel Cancer Support
and Resource Center offering financial support for travel
for treatment, a card ministry and volunteering; and Home
Repairs/Modifications, provided by local churches as well as
mission teams, to make the homes of older persons safe,
warm, dry and accessible.
Faith congregations are a repository of all kinds of
good works, so individual volunteering takes many forms,
including friendly visitors, a home cooked meal on the
weekend, someone to accompany an older person to a doctor’s
appointment, or someone to carry in wood or coal.
results are substantial, measurable, often lifesaving
and always life-enhancing. Without this partnership,
thousands in need would go un-served and many would no
longer live at home in the mountains of Appalachia where
they wish to live and die.