Donations sought for repairs at Reelfoot Rural Ministries; matching funds offered by anonymous donor for donations received in full by June 30


Matching funds have been offered for donations received by June 30 to pay for construction work on dormitory bathrooms at Reelfoot Rural Ministries. (Submitted photo)

“Strengthening Foundations - Empowering the Future” is the name of a fundraising initiative for construction repair now underway at Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM).

RRM is a multi-faceted social service agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church that serves Dyer, Lake and Obion Counites in northwest Tennessee and Fulton County in southwest Kentucky.

In late January, RRM, began a “facelift” of its dormitory to get ready for mission teams arriving for its home rehabilitation ministry season, explained Rev. Robert Craig, RRM’s executive director.

The dorm is located on the grounds of RRM’s main community center.

That work “uncovered major water damage and deferred maintenance issues which has led to a complete demolition and rebuild of our bathrooms,” Craig continued.

Craig said RRM is looking at “tens of thousands of dollars in repairs” before the project is completed, but said the “good news” is there is an anonymous donor who has agreed to provide a “dollar-for-dollar match” of any donations received for this project.

The only requirement, said Craig, is that gifts be received in full by June 30.

Donations should be designated for matching funds for dorm and mailed to RRM at the address below or paid online via RRM’s website at

Reelfoot Rural Ministries
6923 Minnick Elbridge Rd.
Obion, TN  38240

The height of the home rehabilitation ministry season is mid-May thru mid-August, according to RRM’s Laura Hunt. “We have already housed two teams," she reported on May 2.

“There are approximately eight mission teams signed up, but we have vacancies for the weeks of June 5, June 12 and  July 31,” she added.

For more information, contact Hunt at

~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications