The Crab Orchard Care Center will reopen for business on Wednesday, May 1, after a hiatus of some nine months. The care center has moved from the Crab Orchard Church of God and is now located in the old Senior Citizens Building at 87 Commerce Street, Crab Orchard. With the move, the care center has become an independent nonprofit agency better able to serve the needs of those in eastern Cumberland County. The hours of operation will be the same as before, with food assistance available every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Families will be required to register and fill out a simple eligibility form to receive assistance.
It is also important to recognize the tremendous county-wide support received to achieve the goal of reopening the care center. The city of Crab Orchard and, in particular, Mayor Emmett Sherrill provided the old Senior Citizens Building and assisted in rehabilitating a structure that over time has served as a Methodist Church and later, a center for seniors. The Fairfield Glade Methodist Men’s Group has never stopped working on the care center from the first day in January of this year when it was announced the care center, so sorely missed these past nine months, would be reopening in the spring. The Fairfield Glade Methodist men, under the leadership of Don Kenny and Tom Bowman, have worked tirelessly to reinforce the foundation, build out the pantry, paint the building interior, fix the plumbing and wiring, and carpet the facility. Many volunteers, too numerous to count, have spent large periods of time cleaning and refurbishing the building and grounds. Significant support has been received, as in the past, from Good Samaritans of Cumberland County, Volunteer Energy Cooperative, many of the churches at Fairfield Glade, the Peavine Care Center, and several concerned business leaders in Crossville. To all of you, we say God bless you and give you a heart-felt thanks!
Last, it is important to say this is just the beginning of what is on the horizon for the Crab Orchard Care Center. Certainly the opportunity to expand hours of operation is a near thing as is the likelihood of once more working with Second Harvest, Feed America First, and other agencies and individuals to bring in additional services to an area of the county in desperate need of help. If you have a desire to serve, give Mary Nelson, center director, a call at 707-5616. As the care center confronts the many challenges of an economy still not recovered in East Tennessee, we ask you to consider serving here or helping financially to make a difference in the lives of poor working families and the elderly. The Crab Orchard Care Center postal address is Post Office Box 274, Crab Orchard, TN 37723.