The national Challenge House program, which first began in Chicago has become a community-wide initiative that has helped establish a sense of togetherness in communities across the nation including Hopkinsville.
Former city mayor Wally Bryan was the first participant in the program after he moved from a historic neighborhood to an area considered to be the lowest-income census tract in the city in June 2004.
Since that time, the program has blossomed and now includes 5 Challenge Houses with Bryan giving an update on each house located throughout the city.
Bryan says the program is not for everyone, but for individuals, couples and families wanting to make their community a better place to live by establishing bonds in places many consider too dangerous to live.
Byran adds that Challenge Houses are places of hospitality and hope and that occupants should befriend all the kids and adults of the immediate vicinity.