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Cranks Creek Survival Center- Honors Appalachian Experience 2014

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THE STORY:

This year, we will be volunteering with the Cranks Creek Survival Center, who helps to develop a variety of housing options including shelter for the homeless; transitional housing; affordable rental housing; rehabilitation of existing homes and affordable new homes for persons with low incomes. The Appalachian Mountain region has a long history of economic struggle. Today nearly fifty-four percent of households in this area live in poverty. In Central Appalachia alone:
-19,000 homes lack adequate kitchens

-21,000 homes lack complete plumbing

-Nearly half of the families have household incomes below $20,000

-One in four people live below the poverty level--more than 105,000 children, 195,000 adults, & 35,000 elderly (From Appalachian Service Project Online)

The Honors Program at Temple University is dedicated to providing students with enriching academic and developmental opportunities necessary to grow as visible and successful individuals. In tandem with this part of our mission, the Honors Program has a strong commitment to enhancing the student experience through a multitude of diverse and transformative experiences. One way we do this is by offering service and cultural immersion opportunities for our students. Temple University Honors Appalachian Experience understands the value of community-based service learning: to engage and learn in an environment that integrates meaningful community service with reflection to enrich the experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
The Honors Appalachian Experience is a trip where students are immersed in both culture and service and where they will experience first hand the poverty, life and struggles of the Appalachian population. The exchange is enriching for both the students and the communities in which they work. It is the goal of the program to have students return with a better sense of themselves and the world around them. The team will build homes, assist with community projects, and take time to reflect and build community. Also, we hope they return more energized to be of service in the communities from which they come.

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