The Appalachian Mountains is one of the poorest places in the United States. With coal mines closed, the unemployment rate is nearly 60% and the educational level is at an all time low. About 17% of homes are considered by the US government as ‘substandard’ – meaning there are more people living there than rooms and the home has no indoor plumbing.
Without employment and dependent upon food stamps and government assistance, the families need monthly help and support to provide for their basic needs. Anchor Ridge strives to bring in enough funds to provide growth opportunities and monthly support for these families and children.