REFLECTION: The hidden poor of Appalachia

May 13, 2019


Welcome to Peace Church, where faith and beliefs shape our mission to support and uplift the community. Join us on a journey as we delve into the depths of Appalachia to uncover the hidden realities of poverty that often go unnoticed. In this reflection, we aim to shed light on the struggles faced by the marginalized and disenfranchised individuals living in this region.

Understanding Appalachia

Appalachia, a region spanning 205,000 square miles and encompassing parts of 13 states, is a place of great beauty, rich cultural heritage, and profound challenges. Nestled amidst the rolling mountains, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant communities are the hidden poor – those battling poverty without easy access to essential resources and support systems.

Exploring the Root Causes

The root causes of poverty in Appalachia are complex and multifaceted. Generational cycles of poverty, limited educational opportunities, lack of job prospects, and insufficient access to healthcare services all contribute to the hardship faced by the marginalized individuals in this region.

Overcoming Stereotypes

It is essential to challenge the stereotypes often associated with Appalachian communities. Contrary to popular belief, Appalachia is not solely defined by poverty; it is a place brimming with resilient and resourceful individuals who deserve recognition and support.

Peace Church's Commitment

At Peace Church, we firmly believe in the power of unity and compassion. Our faith-driven mission compels us to join hands with the community to address the underlying issues and provide much-needed assistance to those in need.

Creating Awareness

Through this reflection on the hidden poor of Appalachia, we aim to educate and create awareness about the challenges faced by our neighbors. By understanding the realities of poverty, we can foster empathy and inspire action among individuals and organizations alike.

Building Sustainable Support Systems

Peace Church is dedicated to collaborating with local charities and organizations to develop sustainable support systems for the marginalized communities in Appalachia. From providing educational opportunities and job training programs to advocating for better access to healthcare, our efforts are focused on empowering individuals and breaking the cycle of poverty.

Join Our Cause

We invite you to join us in making a difference. Together, we can create tangible change and uplift the hidden poor of Appalachia. Whether through financial contributions, volunteering, or simply spreading awareness, every individual has the power to be a catalyst for positive transformation.

Get Involved

Peace Church offers various opportunities for involvement. Join our volunteer network, participate in fundraising initiatives, or share your skills to contribute to our mission. Together, we can create a community of support and uplift those in need.

Donate and Make an Impact

Your donations play a vital role in supporting our programs and initiatives. Every dollar counts and can make a significant impact in the lives of those struggling in Appalachia. Visit our donation page to contribute and be a part of the change.


As we conclude our reflection on the hidden poor of Appalachia, let us remember that change begins within each one of us. By acknowledging the struggles faced by marginalized communities and taking proactive steps to address them, we can create a brighter and more inclusive future for everyone. Join Peace Church on this journey of compassion, hope, and transformative action.