Letter to the Editor: Youth center ecumenical, independent
February 13, 2014 11:00 AM

As deacon in charge of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Northern Cambria, I was delighted to read the article published in the Gazette’s church news on Saturday. St. Thomas has received a grant for significant improvements to its 93-year-old building, which will begin in March.

But there was one inaccurate statement contained in the information provided to the Gazette concerning my diaconal ministry as executive director of the Coal Country Hangout Youth Center. CCHYC is an independent 501(c)3 ecumenical nonprofit organization supported by the Northern Laurel Highlands Ministerium, whose member churches have been unfailingly generous in their support.

The ministerium plus civic organizations such as the United Way of the Laurel Highlands, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation and area school districts have helped build CCHYC into the vital organization serving all children and youths in the tri-county area of Pennsylvania’s Appalachia.

It does “take a community to raise a child” or two. Thanks to all who support CCHYC.

Deacon Ann Staples

executive director

Coal Country Daycare

Northern Cambria

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