'80s: The Next Generation of Leadership

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1980 A house at 723 Elm Street was purchased for $32,000 for staff housing and “Kiddie Kare” children’sministry.

Perry Pitney (oldest son of G.O. and Nadine Pitney) and his wife, Sherry, were hired to lead most of the programs (Perry was named Associate Director in 1984 and Director in 1987).

1983 “The Pitney Family Gospel Singers” began touring to give concerts to raise awareness and funds for the Mission.

1985 The Christian Care Center, with eighteen rooms for women and children’s recovery, was dedicated after four years of renovations.

1987 “The Pitneys” were named “Contemporary Gospel Bluegrass Group of the Year” by the Society for the Preservations of Bluegrass Music in America.

1988 “The Helping Hand” at 125 Madison Street opened to distribute free food and clothing to those in need.