Falcon, KY front porch summer 1977

Celebrating 50 Years in Appalachia

By Nick Cardilino

During the 1965-66 school year, a group of students started a "Give Your Heart to Appalachia Week" in response to a talk from a priest who was serving in Eastern Kentucky. They brought donated food and clothing down in early 1966, and that was the start of what is now, 50 years later, called the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP).

We invite all y'all to join us on Saturday, July 16 from noon-5pm in Ramey Park in Salyersville, KY as we finish up our year-long celebration of 50 years in Appalachia. Reunite and reminisce with fellow UDSAP alumni and our 2016 UDSAP students, as well as Brother Don Smith, Sister Nancy Bramlage and Brother Tom Pieper.

Please register here, so we know approximately how many people to expect.

To stay overnight - Set up your tent at the UDSAP House or contact the hotels in Paintsville, KY.

The program has certainly evolved over these five decades, but the mission remains unchanged. Our students live in a faith community setting and they live and work in solidarity with the folks of Salyersville, Kentucky, creating partnerships and relationships that can last a lifetime.  

We are also happy to report that, thanks to the support of so many alumni and friends, we have raised nearly 70% of our fundraising goal in celebration of our 50th Anniversary. Thank you!

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