Posted by Terry Everett on Jul 24, 2019
      Peter Schulze, professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Austin‚ÄąCollege, is also a community volunteer.  He  shared information about the big changes Grand Central Station (GCS) is going through.
      About 10 years ago when his oldest son Ben was looking for some service work to do, he came across Grand Central Station.  When his youngest son Matt became interested Peter started going with him.  He became interested as well and is now serving on their board of directors.
      There are five programs that operate under the Grand Central Station umbrella.  They are the Dining Car, Children's Express, The Green House, Service Academy for Youth (SAY), and Tools 4 Schools.
      Grand Central Station provides a hub of support for the underserved in our community.  The facility and its many volunteers provide hot meals, groceries, hygiene supplies, laundry facilities, showers, advacacy, and referrals to other local agencies.  Subsidized food from the North Texas Food Bank plus donated food, clothing, and hygiene products from local retail stores, restaurants, food producers, and others enable their kitchen and pantry to inexpensively serve meals and provide groceries, clothing and hygiene supplies free of charge.
      Since opening on October 11, 2010, they have served about 270,000 meals.  During 2018, Grand Central Station's dining room served 35,000 meals while the food and clothing pantry (The Green House) provided 140,000 pounds of food and 35,000 clothing and household items to some 9,000 individuals.  Meanwhile, volunteers packed and delivered nearly 18,000 meals for children to eat when school in not in session (Children's Express).
Tools 4 Schools donate school supplies to campuses all across Grayson county. Service Academy for Youth (SAY) helps teach young people the importance of service to others as a way of life. They just completed their 22nd year of service this past June.
      They now have their eyes set on a new, larger building that will enable GCS to serve more people.  Their current operations are spread out across town in three separate locations.  They don't even have enough space for their freezer!  It's located outside!
      The new building is located just across the street from their current location located at 619 E. Houston in Sherman.  It will increase their capacity to serve meals, increase their capacity to provide groceries, clothing and hygiene products, increase their capacity to provide food for school children when school isn't in session, increase their restroom, shower, laundry and counseling space for patrons and increase management and volunteer efficiency by bringing all of the operations under one roof.  The plan is to move into the new facility that will increase capacity, enabling employees and volunteers to better provide services to the community and people in need.
      The cost for purchasing and remodeling the 10,000 square foot facility is estimated at $1.2 million.  Donated materials and volunteer labor will help reduce the cost.  
      They will have a fundraising event on Thursday, August 22nd.  "A Night of Grace & Gratitude" for the under served and overlooked will feature guest speaker Ron Hall.  Mr. Hall is a movie producer and author of the #1 New York Times best seller "Same Kind Of Different As Me".  This event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom in Denison from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
      You can get more information about their programs or the special event on their website:  www.grandcentralsherman.com.