Mingo County, West Virginia

A mountainous, coal-rich area, Mingo County borders Kentucky in southwestern West Virginia, about a two-hour drive from the state capital of Charleston.

According to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census:

  • 21.9% of people under 18 years old in Mingo County live below the poverty level.
  • 13.6% of individuals over 18 years old have an annual income of less than $15,000.
  • 29.9% of adults over 25 did not graduate from high school.

Access to the outside world from Mingo County is limited. Many residents don’t have running water or telephones, and transportation to jobs is difficult since many people don’t have the money to repair broken cars. Due to federal welfare constraints and unemployment from coal mine closures, poverty here is worsening.

The County Health Ratings 2010 report found that Mingo County rated 55th out of 55 West Virginia counties for health behaviors – including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, teenage births and motor vehicle crash deaths.

Christian Help Inc. in Kermit (population 406) is Family-to-Family’s on-site agency. Christian Help is non-denominational charity that helps individuals through a variety of programs including a food pantry, furniture and clothing assistance and transportation services. Their goal is to help those they serve reach independence.

Family-to-Family purchases groceries for our sponsored families from the Warfield Shoprite located in Warfield Kentucky. They are then distributed by our community outreach partner Sister Therese Carew at Christian Help Inc.

Community Contact
Sister Therese Carew
Christian Help, Inc.
100 Lincoln St./PO Box 1257
Kermit, West Virginia 25674

Read more about Mingo County:

1. Scrapping for a Living in Old Coal Country
2. Mingo County – One of the Unhealthiest Counties in West Virginia, and the Nation

Sources: Population – U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder, 2010 ; U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; Poverty/Income – U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey; Health – “County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health,” 2010, by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

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