Dec. 25, 2013 — “It never failed. Every time there was a need, that need was met,” she said, later adding the old school “is 97 percent renovated now.”
With educational outreach as one of the center’s priorities, Harris said the old school now serves many purposes in the community ranging from family literacy camps to parenting skills classes, music and art programs, job skills and Internet access for those with no computer at home. With a hint of pride, she notes there has never been a dropout from their family literacy program. The center’s resources also serve Grahn and surrounding communities as an emergency outreach center, with food and clothing for families disrupted by everything from fires to domestic disputes or unexpected financial hardships.
“We’ve had small numbers, but big successes,” she said, explaining the center also provides a place and purpose for otherwise isolated senior volunteers who tell her they get great rewards from their service there.
“It’s also people who need help with loneliness ... just talking to other people,” Harris said.
For more information about ongoing efforts at the Grahn Community Center, at 7380 Aden Road, call (606) 286-0177 or 316-7508. Contributions can be sent to Grahn Community Center, P.O. Box 138, Grahn KY 41142.
TIM PRESTON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.