ABOUT GRAHAM CRISIS
Graham Crisis Center, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Graham, Young County Texas, is for the purpose of assisting families and individuals in crisis so that they can become independent and self-sufficient.
Our mission is to provide basic needs, both physical and emotional. We offer shelter, food, counseling, life-coaching, and benevolence so the families and individuals can start building a good foundation to thrive.
Cathy joined the Graham Crisis Center in February 2020 as Director of Operations and became the Executive Director in September 2020. Prior to coming to Graham, Cathy served as a Local Pastor for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, from 2007 until retiring February 2020.
In the church ministry world Cathy served in large Metroplex churches and smaller rural churches and spent about six years work with the Collin County Council on Family Violence to raise awareness and provide education on domestic violence to churches. From that time forward she has had a passion or people and for programs which impact the way people live.
Prior to answering God’s call to ministry, Cathy worked in the legal field for over 30 years.
Cathy is married to Brad and they have two sons, Mitch Murray and Lance Partridge, one daughter, Heather Lee, and three grandchildren. Cathy and Brad are both very active people, and especially enjoy spending their time together with family and friends.
Brad is a natural helper and fixer. He enjoys doing things like repairing the vacuum cleaners that are donated so that we can put them in The Nifty Thrifty, to tracking down the leaks in the ceiling. Brad is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and, prior to his retirement and move to Graham, spent his career in various aspects of the automotive industry including Standard Motor Products where he won the National Salesman of the Year Award.
Like Cathy’s bio states, Brad and Cathy are married and have children and grandchildren. Yet Brad would also boost of additional family members – his three fur babies – Annie a Goldendoodle, Emmie a Labradoodle, and Dasher a Yorkie.
The Nifty Thrifty Store Manager
Hugh was born in Denver City, Texas, “the year we touched down on the moon,” so if you want to figure out his age, you can do that for yourself. Hugh went to Texas A&M, graduating in the class of 92. He loves to travel which is either why he became an airline pilot for Northwest Airlines for 9 years, or is the result of being an airline pilot.
Hugh most recently lived in San Diego, California before returning to Graham to be with family and live in a wonderful community. Hugh has a 12-year old son, Oliver, who lives in Dallas and parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins who live in Graham.
Hugh came to work for the Graham Crisis Center as The Nifty Thrifty Store Manager in April 2021.
House Manager at Harry's House
Dana became the House Manager for Harry’s House, a shelter for abused or abandoned women, on January 1, 2021. As a native West Texan, Dana worked as an Executive Assistant for two Midland based oil companies for several years and was active in her church where she taught Sunday School and worked in the Children’s Day Out program. Her college courses in psychology and sociology, as well as her life experience, made Dana feel that she would be a good fit for the House Manager position. Dana also enjoys volunteering at The Nifty Thrifty, a charitable resale, a few days a week.
Dana has two adult sons and four grandchildren located equal distance from Graham, and is glad to have found a very enjoyable middle ground.
The Food Pantry Manager
Chloe was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she attended school. After graduation, she attended cosmetology school and began her career as a licensed cosmetologist at Schardein & Co. She worked there for three years when she decided to move to Graham, Texas. There she met and married Steven Brown in 2015 and had two daughters and a son on the way.
Jonni Wray, President
Becky Bell, Vice President
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