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UD Summer Appalachia Program (2008-present)

BT and the Community at Mine Fork

The kids, the teens, the folks in the nursing home--all have been blessed by the communities of UDSAPers each summer!  Read on!

Intense Community

by Bro. Mark Motz, SM - UDSAP '09 UDSAP is more "togetherness" than most people ever experience. But Community is so much more than just "togetherness".  Community is more than shared experience.  Community is more than a title we give ourselves that means more than just housemates.

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UDSAP 2010 video

Finding Peace and Love

by Michelle Perusek  UDSAP '09 I remember sitting in the Love Room our first week there, staring around at all of the quotes from different generations of UDSAPers, as BT led our group in a reflection about the culture shock we were experiencing. Little did I know then, but that culture shock would take a huge turn nine weeks later, as I returned to mainstream America.

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Personal Statement for College Application

by James Crace As a child I learned how to be free and have fun without focusing on my tough home life. As a teen I learned respect, love, and how to open up because they would intently listen. 

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UDSAP 2011

That Summer

by Charissa Qui  UDSAP '11 That summer, I lay beside the shade of a tree, borrowing the blanket of warmth from the sun to dry off the evidence of the creek where I learned to skip my first rock. Next to me lay a little girl way beyond her years, who spoke empathy and acceptance with her eyes, compassion and love with her touch, and who taught me self-love, innocence and resilience with her laughter and her joy.

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UDSAP 2012


by Morgan (Groh) Gaerke  UDSAP '11 I still crave showering in the lake, living with people that became my best friends, going on midnight adventures, having life chats, hugging those kids when they came to us. I crave swinging on the porch swing drinking tea. I crave being frustrated, growing in such immense ways, seeing God shine so brightly. I crave time with those kids, running wild and free with them, picking blackberries, going swimming, doing crafts.

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UDSAP 2013

Service in Reverse

by Brian Gaerke UDSAP '12  "What is UDSAP?" is one of the hardest questions I have ever had to answer. Only those who have spent the summer in Salyersville really know, and even then no one answer will be the same. 

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