Hinton Rural Life Center WNC

Home repairs in our community


Hinton Rural Life Center welcomes another group to its campus this week to begin much needed home repairs in our community. You will begin to see tell-tale signs of Hinton work trucks being followed by church vans each and every weekday morning and evening as they criss-cross Clay County providing free repair service to your neighbors in need.

Hinton Center receives around 200 requests each year for home repairs. With nearly 1000 volunteers coming from across the country to help out with these repairs, Hinton hopes to be able to reach each of these requests. The manpower is ready to work; however, portions of the Center’s vehicle and tool supply is aging and in need of replenishment. Gently used power or hand tools and lawn equipment are needed, as well as pick-up trucks in running condition.

If you have a friend or relative who has been helped through the years by the Hinton volunteers, or if you are simply looking for a tax-deductible donation, Hinton Center welcomes your assistance as they work to improve the lives of those in need. Please drop donations at the Center at 2330 Hinton Center Rd., or call 828-389-8336 for more information.

Hinton also is looking for local volunteers to help out in our office and on the grounds of the Center. Please stop by the office or call 828-389-8336 to offer your time so that Clay County residents may continue to receive the Center’s services.

Hinton Rural Life Center

Meet Our New Staff Members


Two Young Adult Missionaries, Whitney Peters (North Texas Conference) and Diamond Pate (Southwest Conference), were recently assigned by Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church to work at Hinton Center. Whitney is a current Mission Intern and served her first 1.5 years in Nicaragua. Diamond is a US-2 and previously worked in New Jersey with Hurricane Sandy Relief. The two missionaries will work with Hinton as Development & Communications Coordinators for the next year and a half, as well as, helping with the volunteer missions program in the summer.
Whitney Peters

McKinney, TX (North Texas Conference)
Mission Intern
1. What are you really passionate about right now?
I am passionate about learning more about different populations and different cultures. I really want to listen to people’s stories. Also, I want to continue using and improving my Spanish.
2. What is a saying you say a lot?
“I know! Right?”
3. Tell us about a challenging moment as a Mission Intern.
Living within a culture that honors being close to family always and then living far away from my own family members. I’ve truly learned to cherish my family even more. Also, living in solidarity with others in very rural, impoverished areas and then having to leave.
4. Tell us about a rewarding moment as a Mission Intern.
Traveling 6 hours on horseback to stay two nights with a young family with three little girls and finally no longer thinking of people as “poor people” but more as fellow brothers & sisters who happen to face the issue of poverty.
5. After living in Hayesville, NC for a few weeks now, what is something that surprised/impressed you about your new community?
Leaving Nicaragua, one thing I knew I would miss is the easy access to fresh, unprocessed produce. I was happily surprised to find out about all the farmer’s markets that will be available this summer. I love that this community honors their farming communities.

Diamond Pate
Las Vegas, Nevada (Southwest Conference)
1. What are you really passionate about right now?
Right now I am passionate about developing relationships with people. I want to hear people’s stories and take the time to be present in their lives because some people just need to know that someone cares.
2. What is a saying you say a lot?
I often think of the part in Psalm 46:10 that says “Be still and know that I am God”. Whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I remind myself to be still and not worry because God is in control.
3. Tell us about a challenging moment as a US-2.
My first placement site was doing Superstorm Sandy Relief work in New Jersey. One of the most challenging moments I have had as a US-2 was leaving before seeing the houses I worked on completed. I miss the homeowners, volunteers, and staff I worked with, but I know the work is in good hands!
4. Tell us about a rewarding moment as a US-2.
I get to meet so many new people! It is so rewarding to experience new cultures and meet new people.
5. After living in Hayesville, NC for a few weeks now, what is something that surprised/impressed you about your new community?
​I love how close knit the community is. Everyone seems to know each other or they are friendly enough to quickly accept you as a friend! I have felt very welcomed.

Winter Updates

Late Winter Updates


As we head into the bone chilling months of winter, I wanted to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the many volunteers who kindly gave up their time and energy to spend with us helping those in our mountain community.

During the month of October, we were honored to have the Western North Carolina United Methodist Church cabinet. While on their annual retreat, this group was ready and able to do a few days of mission work. When it was all said and done, this kind and loving group of ministers was able to help a family with home repair, deliver several loads of firewood, and perform general maintenance on a local rural church. Thank You for your generosity and graciousness!!!!!

As the Thanksgiving holiday was quickly approaching, we were fortunate to have a mission group from Sylva United Methodist Church grace us with their presence. This was an extremely talented and productive group of adults. A wide skill set led to three days of vital ministry through missions. We were able to help repair the homes of three families, with one being in Macon County. Hinton Center would like to extend their appreciation to this wonderful group of passionate Christians. Thank You!!!!

The momentum of putting faith into action continued through the month of December. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to facilitate a firewood ministry “impact” day with Oak Forest UMC. Oak Forest is a local church that has made a significant impact within our firewood program. Since the first load of wood was delivered last December, Hinton Rural Life Center has delivered over 100 loads of firewood to families in Clay, Cherokee, and Towns counties. This ministry would not be as impactful, if it wasn’t for the kind hearts of the Oak Forest Youth and adult leaders. Plus, there are so many others that have contributed to this vital ministry. We are all so sincerely thankful!!!! Wrapping up the Christmas season and 2013, we were blessed to have Salem UMC on the hill.  Salem UMC is located in Covington Georgia. Like Sylva UMC, this was a team with big hearts and a talented array of skill sets. Therefore, this team was able to meet the home repair needs of two families. What a wonderful way to wrap up the year 2013.