Nazareth Farm, Inc.

Goal of Program

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 sub-standard housing by providing home repair. We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God through building relationships between our volunteers and the local community.

Type of Placement

Volunteers lead immersion service retreats for youth and adults from all over the country in rural West Virginia. The physical works includes home repair, hospitality, and community outreach. Opportunities include: Rural Appalachian ministry, youth ministry, office management, gardening, construction, and living in intentional community.

Service Area

Doddridge County, West Virginia and surrounding counties. Appalachia.

Service Length

One to two years.

Program Size

Maximum of 10 full-time volunteer staff.


Social justice oriented men and women, single, widowed, married, divorced, separated or religious, open to collaborative ministry. Ages 21 and older. Phone interview and possible in-person interview in WV. Ability and willingness to learn required.

Financial Arrangements

Program provides room, board, $125 a month stipend, work gear stipend, travel bonus, medical insurance, retreats, professional development, and transportation to work sites and for personal use. A $200 per month loan payment stipend is also available.

Living Arrangements

Volunteer staff members live in community in staff house. Each volunteer staff has own bedroom but shares other communal spaces.


Orientation for new volunteers provided on site, safety training provided, construction skills learned throughout the service. Training on Appalachian culture, Catholic Social Teaching and local issues provided.

Application Deadline

Rolling Deadline. We accept applications at any time and will review applications on a rolling basis. Expect 2-3 months turnaround for all applications. After receiving an application, a phone interview will be set up, and depending on mutual discernment, applicant may be invited to WV for an in-person interview. If accepted, a start date will be negotiated which meets both the needs of the candidate and Nazareth Farm.

Start Date


Julia Barcello


665 Nazareth Farm Rd
Salem, WV 26426
Phone: 304 782-2742


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