To respond to situations of emergency and need with immediacy and simplicity, respecting the dignity of all persons in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Christian Help Inc of Mingo County serves the low to no income population in the heart of Appalachia, specifically Mingo County, West Virginia and Martin County, Kentucky. Founded in 1994 by Sister Brendan Conlon, Christian Help Inc provides emergency relief to people struggling with the burdens of extreme poverty. Sr Brendan started as a one-woman agency with little more than a mission statement in hand.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, unaffiliated with any church or denomination. Today, we have 8 full time employees and a plethora of volunteers. Our programs include financial help, free store, food pantry, and on demand transportation team.
Our new volunteer house is now open! We are delighted to have a comfortable space for groups to stay while in the community. Located on the Tug River, our home is ½ a mile from Christian Help. The home has 18 beds and can sleep up to 25 (no need to bring linens, as these are provided.) The large kitchen is fully equipped, and the dining room and kitchen have table seating for 20. The home has internet access, cable, and phone. For information regarding reserving the home, please call 304.393.4251.
Volunteering is an integral part of our operations. As we reinvent our current programs and services, we will be inviting more like-minded individuals and groups to give service. From sorting at intake, to stocking our food pantry, each piece plays a specific role in serving our community. Central Appalachia is one of the poorest regions in the nation, with both Mingo Co, WV and Martin Co, KY, holding dubious distinctions of being in the top 20 worst counties to live in America. Christian Help is the only social services agency in our area that provides wrap around services for our most vulnerable population.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please follow the PayPal link or send donation to:
PO Box 1257
Kermit, WV, 25674
Please specify the purpose for your donation on the comment line: Christmas, Food Pantry, Emergency Aid, etc. If you do not specify, we will use the funds to help where they are needed most.
An endowment gift may be made through gifts of cash, securities, real estate or life insurance. Endowment
fund opportunities are available to preserve and enhance the services provided by Christian Help. Funds
may be named in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special person or reflect a donor's interest.
To set up sustained giving, contact Rebecca Hooker, 304.393.4251
In length of employment order…
Transportation and Senior Food Delivery CoordinatorAugust 2001
Outreach and Public RelationsMarch 2007
Operations and Food Pantry ManagementAugust 2014
Operations ApprenticeNovember 2022