Our Mission

Mission Statement of Nazareth Farm

Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. We are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. We serve alongside our neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community.

What does our mission statement mean?

Our community of staff members serves with volunteers of all ages who come from all parts of the country to work with us for a week. They participate in hands-on homebuilding and a retreat experience focused around the Catholic tradition but open to expressions of all faith backgrounds. We believe that our faith calls us to action through social justice.

We are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service.

The full-time community of Nazareth Farm and the community of weeklong volunteers together form a community rooted in the Gospels and Social Teachings of the Church by sharing morning and evening prayer, meals, work, service and outreach. Our cornerstones anchor our experience and create an atmosphere that focuses us on the most important aspects of relationship with one another.

We serve alongside our neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair.

The community of Nazareth Farm serves the people of Doddridge and surrounding counties. We are prompted to reach out to the families with whom we minister to build relationships and offer home repair. We work with our local homeowners, not for them, recognizing that service is an experience of mutual giving, whether that giving is in the form of physical labor, a cup of hot tea, or a simple conversation. We believe that repairing homes is a crucial step in giving our homeowners economic justice and the dignity due to each person.

We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community.

The Nazareth Farm community immerses itself in the cultural diversity present in the Appalachian Region. By seeking to understand more fully the culture and the issues facing the people of this region, we are better equipped to offer our assistance, to face needs in a meaningful way, and to break down stereotypes by learning firsthand and then becoming teachers for others.