Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) began in 1995 when the leadership of Yokefellow Service Center and Pisgah Legal Services acknowledged the growing number of phone calls from Rutherford County residents whose homes were deteriorating and needed urgent repairs. From the beginning, the idea was to raise the money for materials and use volunteers for labor. As that initial group of volunteers spent a growing number of weekends providing labor for jobs, it became evident that expanding the body of volunteers was needed. RHP began looking to church and civic groups and eventually local companies for volunteer teams willing to tackle urgently needed rehab jobs.
Since 1995, RHP has done much to reduce substandard housing in Rutherford County, completing an increasing number of projects each year.
We work on projects year-round, but we aim much of our efforts at individual church repair blitz days in the spring, including Operation Inasmuch projects; Youth Missions Day for local youth groups in spring and fall; and the Week of Caring (co-sponsored with United Way each fall and held in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. We also provide projects for summer mission trips from around the country through Mission Serve and Appalachia Service Project.