Building Relationships with Local Community Members


Through Hinton Center’s Missions Outreach Program, teams serve for one week working on a variety of home repairs in the local Appalachian community. Projects may include building wheelchair ramps, porches, steps, underpinning mobile homes, painting, repairing floors, and helping with yard work.

At Hinton Center, we want to encourage an emphasis not only on construction but even more so on building relationships with local community members. Through hands on work and building relationships, you will open yourself up to being served in return.

Who will you work with on the trip?
Hinton Center’s Mission Outreach Program focuses its outreach in 2 counties in North Carolina, Clay and Cherokee, as well as Towns County in Georgia. Among the three counties, an average of 18% of residents live in poverty. Many of the people we work with are single parents, the elderly, individuals who have a disability, or people who are unemployed. These statistics give us some insight; however, we encourage each of you to develop a personal relationship with our community members to learn their unique story.

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One of our goals is for each volunteer to grow in understanding of Appalachian culture and poverty, as well as to grow spiritually. We will provide intentional time and reflection to learn more about God’s calling for us in a life of service. Our staff incorporates different learning goals into everything that we do. The week will also include time for your church to grow in relationship with each other.

Your week or weekend at Hinton Center will include lots of physical labor; however, you will also receive the privilege of being a guest at our comfortable retreat facilities. Enjoy afternoons jumping into the lake, playing a game of disc golf or cornhole, reading underneath a tree or taking a prayerful walk at the outdoor labyrinth, and eating delicious food made by our own Executive Chef. Our ultimate goal is to serve our local community, but we also want you to have a formative time to rest and renew.


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2018 Summer Mission Dates

Our theme for 2018, “Cultivate Hope,” is based on Jesus’ parable of the sower from Luke 8:4-8. How can we, as followers of Christ, live into the hope found through a relationship with Jesus, as individuals and as faith communities? How can we extend that hope to others, not only by helping to meet the needs of our neighbors, but also by valuing their strengths and gifts?

– Week 1: May 27-June 1 
– Week 2: June 3-8
– Week 3: June 10-15
– Week 4: June 17-22*
– Week 5: June 24-29
– Week 6: July 1-6
– Week 7: July 8-13  mixed week*
– Week 8: July 15-20*
– Week 9: July 22-27
– Week 10: July 29-Aug 3

*No spots available

What does it cost to attend the Summer Missions Program?
Early Bird Special Discount! – If first deposit received by 12/1/17, 10% discount for entire group will be applied to final payment amount which is due 30 days prior to arrival.

  • Total fees for all-inclusive trip: $389/person
  • First deposit with group application: $150/person (Non-refundable after 12/31/17)
  • Second deposit and confirmed number of participants: $100/person. Due by 2/1/18 (non-refundable)
  • Final payment and all forms: balance due 30 days prior to arrival

Find all required forms and applications here.

Who can attend the Summer Missions Outreach Program?

  • All ages are welcome*. Individuals, families, youth groups, colleges, Sunday school classes, etc.
  • 1:5 adult to youth ratio is required
  • Groups must provide their own chaperones
  • Parent must be present for youth under age 12

*Except for “mixed week,” where youth participation is limited to students who have completed grades 8-12.



Service Ministry Leaders (Application Deadline: April 13)

Hinton Center equips 8-10 college-aged young adults to work in the summer as Service Ministry Leaders. The Service Ministry Leaders (SMLs) help lead teams, hold small group discussions, facilitate lunchtime devotions, foster relationships between volunteers and community members, and lead programming throughout the week. SMLs go through a week of intentional training before volunteers arrive in the summer and are also First Aid/CPR certified. Hinton Center also hosts two Duke Divinity School ministerial interns who lead and oversee ministry alongside the SMLs.

Summer 2018 SML application available here: SMLSummerJobApp2018

Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application.

Field Manager (Application Deadline: April 13)

Field Manager of the Summer Missions Outreach Program assists Construction Ministry Coordinator in overseeing and coordinating all worksite activities during the Summer Mission Outreach Program. Field Manager manages supplies and tools for many different projects as well as coaches and teaches Service Ministry Leaders in basic construction skills and worksite management skills.

Field Manager works to improve the organization of the different worksites and to enable ministry partners* to accomplish the tasks at hand with success. Field Manager empowers Service Ministry Leaders to be passionate, hardworking, motivated, enthusiastic, organized, cohesive, and Christ-centered. The Field Manager position is an 11-week, summer position.

Field Manager is required to live on campus through the summer program and must commit to working full days with long, hard hours. Housing and most meals are provided, and Field Manager is expected to eat with groups during mission weeks throughout the summer. A typical Hinton day may last from 7:00 a.m. until roughly 9:00 p.m. but may vary upon assignment.

Summer 2018 field manager job description (full) available here: field manager

Summer 2018 field manager application available here: FieldManagerApp

Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application.

Staffer In Training Position

Seeking young adults who are interested in Hinton Center’s Service Ministry Leader position, but do not yet meet the age or outside of high school requirements. SITS are young adults with leadership capacity, and are passionate about living out their Christian faith, building relationships with others, mentoring youth, and leading teams on home repair worksites. If you are interested in this position, please contact Dawn Livingston via email at dawn@hintoncenter.org.

Summer staffers Rachel and Jai explain how Hinton Center transformed their lives


Customized Weeks or Weekends – A Year Long Outreach
Hinton Center has transitioned its Mission Outreach Program from being solely a summer based mission opportunity to a year long outreach. Teams are invited to contact us about creating customized week or weekend mission opportunities. You’d be surprised what can be accomplished and the relationships that are built within a weekend trip. Cost will vary depending on your group.

College age groups are encouraged to call for spring and fall break 2018 mission opportunities.

Email us at missions@hintoncenter.org for more information.

Ministry at Hinton Center

Apply for Home Repairs

To qualify for assistance from Hinton Center:

  • The person should own (not rent) the home or property
  • It must be a safe working environment
  • There must be a financial need (or extenuating circumstances)
  • Hinton typically makes repairs within a 1-hour drive-time radius of Hayesville, N.C., within Clay & Cherokee counties (N.C.) and Towns (Ga.)
  • Repairs cannot involve roofing

Option 1: Read and fill out our online home repair application by using the following link: Online Home Repair Application

Option 2: Download, print and read both pages of our home repair application form, before filling out and returning to Hinton Center by April 15.

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