Hospitality House AppalCART stop ribbon cutting

A crowd gathers for the ribbon cutting of a covered AppalCART stop at the Hospitality House. Photographed are: Hospitality House Board Member Pan McCaslin, Hospitality House Executive Director Tina Krause, Hospitality House Facilities Manager Jordan Duke, Hospitality House Director of Development Todd Carter, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Casey Miller, Hunger and Health Coalition Program Coordinator Terri Niederhammer, Gloria Franklin, BB&T employee Josh Hammaker, AppalCART Director Craig Hughes, AppalCART Board Chair Quint David, Executive Director of the Hunger and Health Coalition Elizabeth Young, Executive Director of Community Care Clinic Lisa Bottomley and Hospitality House Board Member Gary Newman.

BOONE — Folks gathered Aug. 10 to welcome the new covered AppalCART bus stop outside of Hospitality House with a ribbon cutting.

Originally, the Hospitality House had a bus stop sign on the side of the road to let citizens know that’s where they needed to wait for the AppalCART bus stop. However, there wasn’t a covered bus shelter for the clients and residents of Brook Hollow Road and Health Center Drive.

“Part of our mission at Hospitality House is finding ways to increase the dignity of our clients, residents, community members and neighbors,” said Todd Carter, the director of development at Hospitality House. “Seeing people standing out here with a food box (from Hunger and Health Coalition) or out here after an appointment at the Community Care Clinic in the rain, was not very dignified.”

Carter stated that this project was a “true community collaboration.” BB&T donated necessary funds and labor for the concrete platform. AppalCART donated the covered bus shelter at no cost. Hospitality House Facilities Manager Jordan Duke, along with Hospitality House clients, installed the stop.

This stop will be part of the extended hours and route of the AppalCART Green Line bus.

Hospitality House Executive Director Tina Krause told attendees that the first day the stop was officially and completely stable, there was a torrential downpour of rain.

“When I pulled up that morning, our oldest client who stays here — who is 74 years old — was standing underneath it and out of the rain as she was waiting for a ride to come,” Krause said. “It was a picture that I will have in my mind for a long time.”

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