Our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky is no different than any other region we serve. We have diverse groups yearning to work together to achieve a common goal. We want to bridge the gap of various areas in Louisville by creating conversation, enhancing the community and building lasting relationships for our town through community impact projects such as alley clean-ups and home repairs.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali, Louisville’s Hometown Hero

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Our Work in Louisville

Our immersion trip volunteers fuel our mission with their smiles, their sweat, and their financial support. Covid-19 has certainly slowed us down, but it hasn't stopped us. In time we hope to resume trips to all locations at full capacity, but for now, we have resumed our domestic immersion trips.  We welcome groups of up to 10 participants in Louisville for full and half-day experiences. All participants and staff will be asked to follow CDC and Kentucky health guidelines.

Our desire to expand to work in our own neighborhood of Louisville began in 2016 with a few projects. Since then we have hosted 149 groups, building relationships with homeowners and community members. 

Community Impact Projects

Hand in Hand’s Community Impact Project Program has given us the opportunity to collaborate and partner with other non-profits and organizations in West Louisville who have their own project wish list. We have been thankful to build relationships with these organizations and together we work to find ways we can support one another as we all work to build a better community.  We utilize Hand in Hand volunteers & staff to complete the work. Here are a few examples of the impact:

  • Portland Youth Baseball League: Volunteers & staff painted dug outs, a concession stand and tore down an old fence that is no longer being used.
  • Youth Education and Athletics Training Organization: Volunteers & staff gave the gym a fresh coat of paint. 
  • California Neighborhood Church: Volunteers & staff worked on multiple alley clean-ups around the church’s targeted areas of service. 
  • Portland Neighborhood Church:  Volunteers & staff together spruced up the landscaping with fresh flowers and gave the pews a good cleaning and shine. 
  • California Neighborhood Elementary School: Volunteers & staff cleaned out landscaping beds, painted plant boxes where students and teaches use for reading and story time. 
  • Portland Neighborhood Museum: Volunteers and staff cleared an old, overgrown parking lot of weeds to allow the museum staff and visitors to use for the first time in years. 
Homeowner Assistance Program
West Louisville has some of our cities oldest and most beautiful homes! Being a homeowner can be difficult and put added strain on families due to general maintenance and up-keep of one’s property, not to mention if there are other repairs that need attention. Home repairs are one way that Hand in Hand intersects with our community and works to raise the quality of life, the health of a home, and even the safety of the residents living in their homes. In our Homeowner Assistance Program we utilize our volunteers to complete the work. 

The work is very unique to each home and homeowner. We have been blessed to work on many homes in West Louisville ranging from small repairs to very detailed, large scale projects. Here are a few examples of the impact the program has had on residents: 

  • Parkland resident: Volunteers & staff assisted with a new metal ramp so the resident could have access to move inside and outside of her home. Also, the first story bedroom was expanded and a handicap accessible bathroom was installed.
  • Portland resident: Volunteers & staff replaced front concrete steps and a sidewalk.
  • Portland resident: Volunteers & staff built a new front facade (heavily damaged due to water damage), front porch and replaced a damaged fence.
  • Chickasaw resident: Volunteers & staff replaced a dining room ceiling with textured ceilings. A kitchen wall was replaced and painted. 
  • Shawnee resident: Volunteers & staff installed a new exterior stair railing and painted a fence. 
Urban Immersion - Join us for an Immersion Trip

Our Director of Trips, Allison Ridenour, and Louisville Program Coordinator, Luke Chase, are looking forward to hearing from you! Contact either of us to learn more about scheduling an Urban Immersion day with us in Louisville.

Urban Immersion Retreat Center: Take a virtual tour!

Our international headquarters in Portland is the perfect place for a retreat, business meeting or service opportunity. Whether it's a one-week alternative high school or college spring break or an overnight ladies' church group, a full-day immersion or you just need a meeting space for a couple of hours, our facility can suit a variety of needs.

The retreat center also houses our volunteers as they participate in community impact projects. They will stay in the second floor of our Louisville office building, which has been converted into living space with sleeping for 18 individuals, bathrooms, a full kitchen, a seating/lounge area, and a multi-purpose room for gathering. Click here to take a virtual tour. 

Community Connectors Monthly Volunteer Program

Are you a stay at-home parent, retiree, student or just looking to get involved once a month? Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month to work on a community project. Groups work on a variety of projects include: replacing floors, small repair projects, painting, neighborhood cleanup, etc. Skills are not necessary.

Contact Luke Chase, for more information or 502-459-9930.

*All dates are $20 and are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.*


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“In the past few years I’ve struggled to get my house together. It needed so much work, I didn’t know where to start. I was embarrassed, ashamed, and had low self-esteem. I prayed for God to bring me help. I thank God for answering my prayers. Today, I can walk down the street with pride. I’ve been blessed by the many volunteers and the Hand in Hand family.” 
– Homeowner Assistance Program Participant

“We couldn’t have gotten everything done (repairs) without Hand in Hand in our corner and believing in us. We love Hand in Hand!”
– Homeowner Assistance Program Participant

“Thank you so much for bringing the volunteers. You could not have called at a better time! We had just finished installing the new AC and were faced with a very dusty church to clean before Sunday! Thank you for thinking of us and bringing the volunteers. We treasure our relationship with Hand in Hand.” – Community Impact Program Participant

“Hand in Hand has been such an influence in my life. They have influenced me to want to help others.” – Homeowner Assistance Program Participant

“Thank you Hand in Hand Ministries. You have brought hope and joy into the loves of many people in Portland.” – Portland Anchor Article
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