CARES has done it AGAIN!!!

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Thanks to diligent work of Rev. Grayson and the CARES grant writers The Pittsburgh Penguins have graciously recognized the outstanding work that CARES does for the youth in it’s community.  In realizing the time, effort and most detrimentally the cost it takes to maintain an after school enrichment program, The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation awarded the Center That CARES with a $10, 000 to help assist in the continued excellence that CARES provides to its youth.

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On November 5, 2016 the CARES After School Enrichment Program’s Pre-K through 5th graders attended Ringling Brothers XTREME Circus 2016 where they had the opportunity to enjoy luxury seating in their very own private suite!! Thank you Tickets For Kids the experience.

A letter from one of our many partners…

CARES is pleased and proud of he many partnerships it has formed over the past 17 years.  Just recently Program Coordinator Tyisha Burroughs of Amizade Global Service-Learning wrote a letter outlining the experiences of the trip made in conjunction with CARES to Ghana, West Africa. Enjoy!!

A letter from one of our many partners…

Ghana: Transformation and Global Citizenship
During June of 2016, Amizade and the Center that Cares worked together
to bring eight young people from the Hill District to Ghana for a week
of exploration. The Center that Cares, is a community based
organization, led by Rev. Glen Grayson, Sr.,that focuses on the
betterment of youth within and around the Hill District of Pittsburgh
P.A. According to Rev. Grayson, the experience began the moment they
stepped off the plane. Of the many things they noticed upon arriving
in Accra were the Ghanaian women. Aside from carrying and caring for
their children, these women were also lugging around any materials,
tools, and food they needed for the day. Their strength and survival
was humbling to watch. At first the students were weary of the food,
unwilling to try things that they had not seen or eaten before. But,
they were lucky to have an opportunity to watch the meals being made,
they were able to see how much time and care was taken by their hosts
to make food for them, and although french fries remained a staple,
the complaints stopped and the students gained an appreciation for the
effort and care that was put forth in their honor. The students, and
chaperons felt the joy their presence brought the community of Jukwa.
They were welcomed everywhere they went and were overwhelmed by the
generosity and excitement of their hosts. The group was invited into
the home of the chief, where they were fed and shown Ghanaian
artifacts and learned about their cultural significance and
traditional uses. For Rev. Grayson the most moving experience was the
visit to the Slave Castles and the home of W.E.B Du Bois. The
experience was a moving one for Rev. Grayson and he believes that
throughout their lives, the young participants will look back on this
experience, and on everything they witnessed, and it will transform
their lives; As they get older, these children will grow to better
understand the significance of this this trip, and this experience
will help to shape the choices they make and the people they become.

Tyisha Burroughs
Program Coordinator
Amizade Global Service-Learning

CARES Morning Loop!!

Center That CARES, in conjunction with University Prep at Margaret Milliones set forth to address the growing concerns of the school attendance for youth residing in the Hill District.  According to Pittsburgh Public School Transportation policy, 9th through 12th grade students, living within a 2-mile radius from their assigned school, do not qualify for system-provided transportation.  Conducting an informal survey of students highlighted that, primarily during inclement weather, students were either very late or prone to not attending school.  In an effort to get students to school on time and at an increased rate, Hill District Transportation Loop was devised.

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Rev. Grayson’s Interview with Amerika Kiest!!


Rev. Glen Grayson was interviewed by Dutch Newspaper Amerika Kiest!!!

Click the link for the interview or read below.



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Background: Has pastor and founder of a community which bears the name of his son Jeron. Jeron six years ago when he was studying at the university, was shot dead at a party. He was 18. Glenn tries to keep the community children from the poor neighborhoods of Pittsburgh from the street by giving them an occupation and they bring a sense of pride in their own abilities. In this way he hopes to rescue them from the clutches of violence and crime. He believes that people who have guns should be forced to take more responsibility and prudence and that more control is needed in the sale and distribution of weapons. He is one of the experts who advise President Obama on arms policy.

Political affiliation: He only voting for people he expected to listen to his arguments against weapons. He checked whether they want to take concrete measures against armed violence and listens well and they also jump openly in the breach. Hillary Clinton is the only one he trusts in that and so he will unhesitatingly vote for her.




17 years in the making!!! And we could not have done it without our community partnerships and parents, so please join us on October 17, 2016 as we present to you 17 years of  CARES growth.  We will tour the newly renovated Jeron X. Grayson Community Center Campus and the Jeron X. Grayson FoundaSAVE THE DATE -backtion House followed by a reception and the video screening of CARES Gone Global: A Journey to Ghana, West Africa.  All this and more taking place at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center located at

1852 Enoch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.