The Challenges of Home Life

Wolfe County Middle and High School students face difficult circumstances in their households

Nestled in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains and steeped in a rich cultural heritage lies Wolfe County, Kentucky. As is the case for many areas of Appalachia, Wolfe County’s natural beauty belies the abject poverty in which many of its residents live. Wolfe County carries the unfortunate distinction of being one of Kentucky’s most impoverished regions. As is the case for many areas of Appalachia, Wolfe County’s natural beauty belies the abject poverty in which many […]

High Rents in Jackson City

Many residents in Breathitt County, Kentucky pay more than half of their income in rent

Jackson City is located in rural and mountainous Breathitt County, Kentucky. Until the 1990s, coal was the foundation of the county’s economy, but the steady decline of the coal mining industry has begun to wreak havoc upon the local economy. Many families, who once depended upon the mines for income, now depend upon part-time employment at minimum wages, welfare, and food stamps. Poverty and unemployment have become intrinsic parts of daily life in Jackson City […]

Caring for a Generation of Students

Our long-time coordinator at Marie Roberts Elementary School in Kentucky has been helping kids for decades

Marie Roberts Elementary School is located in the small community of Lost Creek, Kentucky, in Breathitt County. In a part of the country where 48.3% of children are living in poverty, the Family Resource Center at the school, and our volunteer coordinator, Jackie, are able to offer children the critical support they need to survive in difficult circumstances. “Jackie is the original coordinator who brought our sponsorship program to the school many years ago. She […]

Fighting Against Hunger During COVID-19

A Thank you from Children Incorporated

 Amidst school closures across the U.S. this past spring, our concern turned to how to best help children who are already living in vulnerable situations.  Many children in our program rely on school lunches and on our Backpack Feeding Program to ensure they are receiving adequate meals throughout the day and on the weekends. Without the support they receive at school, they risk facing hunger at home. Thankfully, because of our donors and sponsors, just […]

Moms Helping in Our Schools

Mothers of our sponsored children gain work experience through the Family Resource Center

Located in rural and mountainous eastern Kentucky, Breathitt County is one of the 100 poorest counties in the United States.  The economic prospects of Breathitt County are, at best, bleak. The coal mining industry that once dominated this area and provided employment for the majority of its population has been declining. Children here not only struggle with lack of basic needs, such as food, clothing, and school supplies, but they are also often in dire […]

The Heart of Small Community

Arlie Boggs Elementary/Middle School is important to an entire town

Located in rural and mountainous eastern Kentucky, Letcher County is best known for its natural beauty, as evidenced by small but growing efforts to promote the county as a tourist destination in recent years. One especially breathtaking site is the Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve in the town of Eolia. The park comprises over 2,600 acres of trails, waterfalls, and mountain vistas, boasting one of the highest concentrations of rare or endangered species in […]