St. George's Community Center celebrates 50 years in the West En - WDRB 41 Louisville News

St. George's Community Center celebrates 50 years in the West End

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- St. George's hit the headlines in 1964, when it first opened it's doors to kids in the community.

"Kids in the neighborhood needed a place to go, needed something to do so they saw that door to that gym and it was locked but they wanted to get in so they crawled through the windows and they got in," said St. George's Executive Director, Arthur Cox.

He goes on to say the diocese saw that as a sign.

Cox said, "They wanted, they needed to open it up if kids are breaking in they needed to offer services from this building."

Hundreds of thousands of teens have packed the place ever since. St. George's sits on the corner of California, Parkland and Parkhill -- neighborhoods plagued with violence in the West End.

"I come here and it keeps me from doing bad things out there like fighting and all that and stuff and we just come here and do positive things for the community," said student, Garry Sanders.

Kids walk through the door from all types of situations, and stay to learn valuable life lessons.

"Be a leader and not a follower and help the community out to make it safer," said Calvin Brown, a student who has attended St. George's for two years.

It's a safe place, where kids can be themselves and find their passion.

Cox said, "Miracles happen here, we change kids lives forever."

There will be a celebration service at St. George's Episcopal Church tonight at 5, followed by a reception.

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