When we discuss the mission of Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC), Inc.—advancing equity by empowering families—Deborah Grant personifies our highest aspirations for every client that walks through the doors. Mrs. Grant entered LCCC as a Beecher Terrace resident seeking assistance towards the life she dreamed of. She began her journey with LCCC as a participant in the Welfare to Work Program, and the rest is history. Now, nearly 30 years later, it’s so hard to say goodbye.
Mrs. Debbie (known by her co-workers and friends) grew up with LCCC figuratively and professionally—continuing education, marriage, children, homeownership, and many other significant memories. CEO-Emeritus, Sam Watkins, Jr. quickly identified Grant as a talent that could be cultivated through the support and mentorship at LCCC. She started in an entry-level role, learning to complete small administrative task. Today, she is a part of the senior management team holding the title of Operations Manager.
What stands out most about Mrs. Debbie is that she doesn’t need a lot of recognition and rarely is out in front. Yet, she is a staple that often holds us together and ensures everyone has what they need to flourish. Growing up in the Russell Neighborhood, she has a genuine desire to see people excel past their current circumstance. In the short time I’ve known her, I have witnessed the genuine compassion she has displayed simply to show people that someone cares.
To say she will be missed seems like such an understatement. She is one of those rare people who instantly became a friend/mom/advocate instead of \”just\” a coworker. There are no words to truly reflect how much I will miss working with you.
Mrs. Debbie: Thank you for showing us all how to be better executors, instead of making excuses. I am so proud to know you! Now, get out there and enjoy your next chapter. Always remember that LCCC is your home, and we appreciate your contribution! You are our hero!
Written by: Patricia Williams, Director of Family Services