Louisville

Louisville

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. 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 our community and homeowners.

 

 

Community Partners

Hand in Hand’s Community Engagement Projects give 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. Our projects are completed by volunteer groups as part of our Louisville Program. 

 

Home Repairs

West Louisville has some of our cities oldest and most beautiful homes! It is also home to many elderly residents, who face health and safety issues in their aging homes. Our Homeowner Assistance Program seeks to address mobility and safety concerns for our elderly or disabled neighbors. Most repairs are completed by our Construction Manager; however, groups occasionally assist with construction of wheelchair ramps or other minor repairs. We work in the nine neighborhoods of West Louisville:  Shawnee, Chickasaw, Park DuValle, Parkland, Algonquin, Park Hill, California, Russell and Portland. 

Louisville - Learning & Service

West Louisville has a rich and complicated history. Like all history, some parts are beautiful and easy to celebrate while others are traumatic and hard to talk about. West Louisville is no different. Hand in Hand works to educate our volunteers on all aspects. We believe we must understand our past in order to move forward to a more peaceful and just future for all. Spending a day with us in West Louisville will involve learning & service, exposure to new places, exposure to old challenges, and you will be put to work doing beautification, home repairs, building a ramp, yard work, or alley clean-ups. 

We believe we are all in need of being restored, and when we join in the work of restoration not only will we have opportunities to help others experience restoration, but we will continue to experience restoration in our own lives. Whether the group comes for a day, or an overnight trip, here are some of the things you can expect:

  1. Encounter Community
  2. Silent Walk/Faith/Prayer Reflection Time
  3. Meet new friends
  4. Space to learn and grow in faith, life and service
  5. Community Engagement Work - we focus on building relationships and serving
  6. Faith and Justice Sessions - hear from some of our key Community Partners on matters of faith, justice, joys and challenges of life in a place like West Louisville. 
Louisville Service Learning Opportunities

Half-Day: 9am-1pm, Weekdays $25 per person - bring your own lunch

This program is ideal for school groups, business teams, church groups and individuals who are looking for an introduction to Hand in Hand and our work in West Louisville. Your five-hour experience will include dialogue about the challenges and opportunities facing our city. You will work on a community engagement project and enjoy your own bag lunch as you learn more about each other, our community, and Hand in Hand. Maximum Group Size: 20 Check out the sample schedule.


Overnight Retreat: 1-2 nights, Weekends, Weekdays $75 per person/night, most meals included

This program is ideal for high school and University groups, church groups, sorority and fraternity groups. Morning activities are similar to the half-day program. Afternoons include guest presenters who can facilitate discussions about topics like redlining, faith and racial justice, poverty simulations (Making Choices), and forgiveness. After 5:00pm, groups are free to socialize, explore the city of Louisville, or facilitate their own discussions and/or group activities. Maximum group size: 18


Service Learning 5-day Experience: $300 per person

This program is geared towards University and out-of-town groups. Mornings will included a two to three hour work project each day. Afternoons will include in-depth discussions about social justice topics. These discussions will be facilitated by friends, scholars, and pastors with knowledge and experience. Topics range from redlining, faith and racial justice, history of the church in West Louisville, Compassionate Listening, poverty simulations (Making Choices), Working Across Cultural and Faith Barriers, Lessons from Thomas Merton, and more. 

Evening activities will be organized by group leaders and include visits to local attractions or it can be simply a time to deepen connections within your group with games and other group activities. Our staff will provide you with ideas of local attractions that are not to be missed. We have a short list of suggested books and videos you might want to explore before joining us for a 5-day experience. 

Meals include self-serve continental breakfast each morning and brown bag lunches. Dinner will be prepared by Hand in Hand volunteers or local restaurants most evenings. You will have access to a full kitchen for snacks and special meal requests, but we ask you to leave most of the cooking to us. We do encourage groups to visit a local restaurant at least once during their stay with us. Louisville has a great food scene, we guarantee you won't be disappointed! Groups maximum size: 18. 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the Louisville Retreat Center!

 

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: 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.*

 

Just Learning

Hand in Hand is working toward a more just and peaceful world, one in which all members of our communities are able to thrive. Working to this end has led us in the past year to explore different learning opportunities. Members of our staff and our board went through a JUST FAITH: Faith and Racial Equity curriculum, an 8-week study on Faith and Race, where we were challenged to learn the truth of our delicate and often painful history. We believe we must learn from our past wounds in order to achieve a more peaceful and just future. 

Since that initial study our group formed a Hand in Hand Book Club. We read a book and then we gather to discuss. With each book and with each discussion group members are challenged with the status quo, group members are challenged to see others differently, to listen more, to look within at how we are contributing to systemic issues of our society, and look to find ways to join in the work of restoration. If you are interested in joining our group and joining in the learning journey, please contact Luke Chase, we would be happy to have you. 

Here are the books we have read so far:
Rethinking Incarceration by Dominque Gilliard
Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
One Blood by John Perkins

A next step for this group is to gather with Community Faith Leaders to continue our journey of learning. These Faith and Justice Sessions will focus on issues relevant to West Louisville, and will challenge us to grow in our understanding, our empathy, our involvement in restorative work. Topics will range from Redlining, Education, West Louisville Church History, Christian Community Development, etc. 

if you’d like to learn more, contact us today. 

 

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Testimonials
“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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