Warming Up At our First Gather & Grow Event

As frost fills the air and winter descends on us here in Knott County, we at HSS are opening our doors for folks to come together and warm up with great food and healing conversation at our new Gather & Grow community events. Now more than ever a space for fellowship is vital, as many search for a respite in the wake of the flood that caused so much turmoil and devastation.
Last Saturday, November 12, marked the launch of this latest edition to our programming and the turnout was just as we hoped. The aromas of a Thanksgiving feast filled the room, inviting loved ones and new friends alike to sit down and celebrate the night. While the beautiful dessert table, curated by This Is How We Roll Baking, enticed the crowd to come back for seconds.

With full bellies and the whole room aglow with delight and laughter, our own Sarah Kate Morgan ushered younger attendees to a painting and art station she had prepared in the corner of the dining hall. Young hopeful faces joyfully smattered their canvases with watercolors, imagining their own little worlds onto paper, pulling inspiration from the falling leaves outside.

Amongst the happy commotion the great folks at Vibrant Emotional Health, in coordination with The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, were there to encourage and provide supportive conversations for all ages, in this casual and friendly environment. We look forward to having them back next time!

The beautiful artwork and wonderful meal prepared by our tremendous kitchen staff Diane and Vivian, was then followed by a performance by the local talent of Ben Fugate and The Burning Trash Band. Their rockin’ performance filled the hearts of everyone in the building, and was a fantastic way to wrap up a great evening. Ben even helped us give away several door prizes throughout the show, which will absolutely be a regular occurrence
Going forward we are hopeful that this event series can be a safe space for the community to grow through kinship and compassion, while offering exciting weekend fun for the whole family!

Be on the lookout for the soon to be announced Christmas-themed extravaganza! We’ll have a wonderful assortment of toys for the kids under our tree, heaps of cheerful holiday foods, and possibly a special appearance by Ole Saint Nick himself.

We can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces at the next Gather & Grow!