Ascension Appalachia Service Project (ASP)
Appalachia Service Project
Ascension has had a long history of youth mission trips ranging from Appalachia Service Project (ASP), Mississippi (Gulf Coast Trip), to Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA) in Tijuana. Currently, we plan an annual ASP trip.
Appalachia Service Project has been a beloved aspect of Ascension youth ministry for over 20 years. Decades ago this trip began with a small group of 5 vans totaling 35 people and has grown to 20+ vans and over 150 people. AYM usually goes to ASP the last full week of July, which is known as “week 7” to ASP-ers.
In July 2019, 163 people spent a week in Kentucky to help make homes warmer, safer and drier. Our crews built ramps and porches so people could have an easier time getting in and out of their homes. We installed dry-wall and painted. We repaired electric service to rooms that had been without power for years. We installed roofs and siding to keep people dry in their homes. All of this while growing our faith and our relationships among fellow parishioners.
ASP Trip 2020: July 18-25, 2020
Preparations are now under way for our 2020 trip! We will be leaving July 18, 2020 (around 8:30) and returning the 25th (around 1:00 or 2:00). We don’t know where we will be assigned this year but we’re looking forward to another week filled with hard work, faith and a few laughs along the way.
The signup sheets are below. There are application forms for both teens and adults that wish to join the trip. The forms and a deposit check are due October 31st, 2019. Please drop them off at the Parish Center in an envelope marked Attn: ASP.