Mother Teresa opened her first rural mission in Jenkins, KY. This area in rural Appalachia is one of the most under-developed areas in the United States. Many families live in homes with no running water. With the decline of the coal mining industry many people have lost their jobs. Already an area with much suffering, the flooding in 2022 caused more damage to thousands in the area of Eastern Kentucky. In this area you will get a chance to meet the Missionaries of Charity, pray with the sisters, and serve the people they love.


Housing in Kentucky will be at a local church, volunteer center, or high school. Men, women, boys, and girls will have separate sleeping areas. Check with your site coordinator on further housing details.


Meals will be provided starting Monday evening when you arrive, until you depart the following Saturday. The only meals that are not included are your free day meals. Plenty of breakfast options and we pack a sack lunch. Dinners are always hot. Let us know if there are any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Work Projects

Work projects in KY are geared toward home renovations for the poor, elderly, and low-income families. Projects can include framing, roofing, siding, sheetrock, flooring, insulation, painting, and landscape work.


You can drive in or fly in. Transportations is not included in cost. You will need to by your tickets and rent enough rental cars for your group for the week.

Here are a few airport that are the closes to our home base.

  • Blue Grass Airport (LEX) – about a 3 hour drive from home base
  • Tri- Cities Airport (TRI) – about a 2 hour drive from home base
  • Ashville Regional Airport (AVL) – about a 3 hours from home base
  • McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – about a 3 hours from home base
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) – about a 5 hours from home base

Free Day Option

Friday can be a half work day or recreation day. Groups who travel a long distance sometimes take their free day as they travel home. Let your site coordinator know what you prefer. There is a beautiful lake nearby, mining museums, and hiking options.


Pray for good weather. If we get rain, it’s possible that the outdoor projects will be cancelled for the day. Catholic Mission Trips, Inc., will try to arrange both outdoor and indoor projects for each group.


$425 per person


  • June 17-22, 2024 – Full

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