In 1902, US Steel began housing people in Gary Hollow, West Virginia for employment at one of the coal town’s fourteen mines that produced metallurgical coal. Beginning in the 1970s, Gary’s unemployment rate began to increase after most of the high-quality metallurgical coal had already been mined. By March 1983, the unemployment rate rose to 90%, the highest of any town in the United States. The economic breakdown changed Gary. Hundreds of homes were abandoned. In 1980 Gary’s population was 2,223. In 2010 the population had dropped to 925.
The Chapel has been working with Abundant Life Mission Church to provide food, toys, clothing, and other needed items to the people of Gary. Approximately 400 people are fed each month. The Chapel also sends teams of people to Gary to help with various projects. Most importantly, we want to provide hope through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord (Proverbs 19:17)