About ServeLouisville Mission Trips

Our Purpose

ServeLouisville is one division of Crossroads Missions which provides similar mission trip experiences to New Orleans, Piedras Negras, Mexico and to Appalachia. 

We partner with local churches in conjunction with The Fuller Center for Housing, in a community transformation effort. In Louisville there are over 7,000 abandoned and vacant properties about 60% of those are in the neighborhoods we serve.  These are often seen as a blight on the neighborhood and tend to invite illegal and elicit activities.

Collaboratively with Fuller Center for Housing,  ServeLouisville works to transform these neighborhoods one house, one street, one neighborhood at a time. We work towards community transformation by acquiring these abandoned houses and properties, and renovate or build anew. Upon completion, the Fuller Center for Housing will match a family in need with an opportunity to own a home at a rate which is more affordable and stable than renting in the same area.

To qualify to buy the renovated homes, selected families must successfully complete classes to help prepare them for homeownership, as well as participate in 350 sweat-equity hours of service. These service hours may be on any home in the program, or through many other outlets the Fuller Center provides for families to give back to the program and their community.

Louisville Demographics

Population: Approximately 616,261 people live in Louisville.
40% of population lives below poverty level in the neighborhoods we serve
Median household income: $23,296 in the neighborhoods we serve

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A Typical Week

Praise/devotions/teaching - Since worship is the focus of the week, we have times of praise, personal devotions, and teaching to prepare and challenge us throughout the week.

Construction projects - CrossRoads Missions’ staff will lead you in a wide variety of construction projects for people of all skill levels. Trained staff and interns will supervise work including concrete, drywall, tile, roofing, painting and other various jobs.
Community programs - During the week your team will spend time engaging and serving alongside other workers from local churches and ministries across the nation as we work together towards community transformation.
Fellowship - Your team will spend time in fellowship with other workers from local churches and ministries across the nation, and will participate in selected community activities in the neighborhoods we serve. 

Partners in the West End

We partner with numerous organizations in Louisville's West end.  Your mission trip schedule will include an introduction to some of these and will likely include some volunteer efforts with one or more of our partnering organizations.

They include:

Fuller Center for Housing

Portland Promise

New Beginnings Christian Church

Portland Missionary Baptist Church

Portland Promise

The Table

Priscilla's Place (Teen Challenge)

Hosea's House

Good Will Industries

Scarlet's Hope

Love City

 

Features and Benefits

  • More cost effective than foreign trips.
  • All Meals provided
  • Lodging in a down town ministry operated hotel provided.
  • Projects well planned with experience project managers.
  • All materials will be provided on site for your project.
  • Tools will be provided.
  • Community Transformation workshop included.
  • Interaction with college student interns who love Jesus.
  • Introduction to numerous inner city missions that are part of Louisville's transformational efforts.
  • Devotional materials provided.
  • Meeting rooms for group meetings, prayer, worship and workshops included.

 

Mission Trip Costs

3 possible schedules are available to accommodate your desired length of stay.  

  • 4 Day Trip - (Sunday night - Wednesday 2pm)                  $275.00
  • Weekend Trip - (Friday night - Sunday)                               $165.00
  • Weeklong Trip - (Sunday night - Saturday morning)        $375.00

Transportation to and from Louisville is not provided.

For groups traveling by air, we will arrange transportation while in Louisville.  The cost of this will be added to the above costs and will vary based on the size of your group and the duration of your stay.