What do you do when you have the wind knocked out of you or when you feel deflated? To whom do you turn? How do you get back into the game when circumstances have knocked you down? This air compressor has inflated hundreds of basketballs, footballs, and bicycle tires since we moved into our Challenge House some six years ago. When I look at this humble apparatus it amazes me how the simplest tools can be used to show love to a neighbor. I believe that’s how we are supposed to interact with each other [...]
In cooperation with the West Side Neighborhood Association and University of Kentucky - Christian County Extension Office, Challenge House #3 hosted it's first "Healthy Cooking on a Budget" class. The Extension Agent walked the participates through the preparation of a budget based healthy recipe in which everyone got to enjoy. The West Side Neighborhood Association provided groceries for each participant which allowed them to then prepare the entire meal at home. -
Challenge House is lucky to be able to partner with Youth Leadership Hopkinsville. Seeing Hopkinsville's future leaders in action gives us hope for a brighter tomorrow. Thank you, team, for helping us to inform our neighbors of upcoming events at the Challenge House as well as being good examples of trailblazers in community involvement for our younger friends.
We had a fantastic time at our Challenge House 3 block party this weekend! A big thanks to our friends at Second Baptist Church for helping out and to the Hopkinsville Police Officers that stopped by to play ball with the kids for a while! We met lots of Westside families for the first time and enjoyed fellowship with longtime neighbors, as well.
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We have had a good winter here at CH3, and things are starting to pick up as the weather turns more spring-like. We have had great success with the after school program that we launched in December. It is called CHASERs (Challenge House After School Enrichment) and meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm. Our goal with this program is to introduce our neighbor kids to things they may not otherwise experience and to challenge them to do their best in everything. This program has allowed us to build some strong relationships in the neighborhood, with an [...]
We are all chasing something, aren't we? Maybe we are chasing financial or professional success, or the approval of someone we love, or, if you're like me, you feel like you are chasing your own tail just trying to keep up with all that life brings your way! Back in December, a new, experimental "program" was birthed at Challenge House 3 and we call it CHASERS - Challenge House After School Enrichment. The neighborhood children know that they can come by my house any day at 4pm and get an afternoon snack. And during this afternoon snack [...]
After spending the last 6 months building a handful of friendly, trusting relationships, we suddenly find ourselves having to start all over again! There are at least 5 empty houses where families with children used to live, some of which we had come to love. Now, these houses have "For Rent" or "For Sale" signs in the yard and have been undergoing repairs and sprucing up. I'm glad to see the houses getting some much needed attention, but I miss my little after school friends! I miss their sweet smiles, the joy on their faces when I brought out [...]
Apologies for such a long time between posts! Life has gotten busy with the arrival of spring! Not only does spring mean Easter, ballgames, and all the many end of school activities, it also makes me think of gardening. I love the bright colors & pleasant fragrances that flowers bring to a yard, porch, or patio! I enjoy getting out and planting flowers, pulling weeds, and watering plants in the summer months. Being in a new home has brought on all new gardening opportunities this spring. First, I decided to try my hand at making [...]