(Helping Appalachian Rural People)
Helping Appalachian Rural People (H.A.R.P)
Inspired by the words of Christ, “Truly, I say to you, as you did for one of these my brothers, you did it for me.” (Matthew's 25:40, NIV). HARP works to serve people seeking self-sufficiency, leading to independence by providing spiritual, emotional, and material support.
To transform the spiritual and physical lives of people in need.
In 2005 HARP formally incorporated as an Ohio 501(c) 3 not-for- profit. In our first year we sourced and coordinated the delivery of 3 semi-trailers of donated furniture to Katrina victims, travelling over 3,000 miles. After opening, we hosted 3 teams of volunteers from the Church of the Brethren, who lived in and worked out of the facility for three months, helping local families. In 2014, LSS discontinued services in southeast Ohio, closing the Caldwell warehouse and terminating the contract with HARP. The Board made the decision to continue the services and hired staff to provide direct client assistance for the first time in HARP’s history. Since 2006, we have grown into a network with collaborations for donations with institutions, churches and companies , collecting and distributing 10's of thousands of items, traveling over 50,000 miles, and donating over 10,000 volunteer hours each year.