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Christian Appalachian Project – Rainbow Respite Center – Kentucky
CAP is an independent nonprofit primarily funded by individual donors and churches rather than a particular denomination. We are an interdenominational Christian organization, and our volunteers come from a variety of faith traditions and participate in daily prayer led by one another. Openness to diversity is necessary for community life.
The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) offers a wide array of services through programs that support the specific needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational organization serving all 13 Appalachian states.
Respite Services offers center-based options for persons with disabilities. CAP’s Rainbow Respite Center provides respite to families and caregivers by offering week-long residential stays for persons with disabilities. CAP’s emphasis is to promote healthier family situations by encouraging periodic respite, allowing time for personal renewal, rest and relaxation
Christian Appalachian Project offers two summer camp programs in eastern Kentucky: Camp Andrew Jackson and Camp Shawnee. Both provide a rewarding week of learning and fun to more than 1,000 Appalachian children each summer. With a charge of only $10 per child, the camps serve those who could otherwise not afford the opportunity to attend a summer camp. No child is turned away due to inability to pay. Summer Camp activities include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, camping, praise and worship and field games. While all the activities are fun for the children, they also provide the opportunity to learn important life skills such as leadership, safety, team building, self-esteem and respect for others.
Child and Family Development:
CAP’s Child and Family Development Centers offer child and teen development programs for children ages 1-17. Child development programs include teaching reasoning, communication, social, physical and emotional development as well as creative expression.
Educational and Recreational Programs:
Educational and Recreational Programming engage children and teens in rural eastern Kentucky through classroom teaching, after-school programming, teen retreats, community events and summer camps.