Teen Center Opens At Cairn Coffee House

Contributor: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 4/11/2013 8:43 am

Teenagers now have a new place to hang out in Winchester at the Cairn Coffee House.

The second floor of the coffee store has been transformed into a space where middle and high school students can go after school to play games, talk and eat food.

Dan Jackson, Cairn’s general manager, said the city has wanted to build a place where teens can get together for awhile. Jackson said this new center will get students off the street.

Most of the staff for the Teen Center is volunteers.

Gloria Shearer said she wants to help kids who think they have no other choice but to turn to drugs and alcohol. Shearer hopes to connect to the students by sharing her own battle with prescription pain pills.

“I’m just hoping to maybe just give one kid the opportunity to maybe not have to go down that road,” Shearer said. “Or if they've already started down that road, give them a chance to see that there is hope, and there is something bigger out there.”

Joseph Miller manages the Teen Center.

“We just want to impact the lives of young people,” Miller said. “And maybe provide hope that otherwise wouldn't be there for them.”

Teens who were at the center’s opening day said the volunteers are positive influences in their lives.

“When you get into high school there's a lot of people that pull you different ways,” Coleman said.

“You’re going to go through things that are going to tear you down and then there's things that can make you stronger,” Lauren Aldridge said.

The Cairn’s motto workers hope to pass onto these teenagers is “Drink Deep, Dream Big.”

The Teen Center is open Wednesday – Saturday’s from 3:30 – 6:30pm.

To volunteer at the center, contact Joseph Miller at mill@cairncoffee.com



Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Police: Man Breaks Into Home To Take Shower
A man is accused of breaking into a Lexington home just to take a hot shower.
Woman Accused Of Stealing Lingerie Then Flushing It
A woman was arrested after police said she stole items from Victoria's Secret then flushed it down the toilet at another store.
Harlan ER doctor suspended by Kentucky board
A Knoxville, Tennessee, doctor practicing at Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital has had his license suspended by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.
Police: Man Robbed Lexington Walmart Pharmacy For Drugs
Lexington Police said that a man wanted drugs when he held up a Walmart Pharmacy.
SUV Flips On I-75 Entrance Ramp In Lexington
Investigators said a driver was taken to the hospital Friday night after he flipped his SUV in Lexington.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.