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Meet Our Volunteers

Our Wonderful Volunteer Staff

Main Steet Ministry's staff is comprised of local volunteers who work hard to help empower the children, young adults and families of our community to lead healthier, happier and safer lives.

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Janie Gates


Janie founded Main Street Ministry (also known as Higher Grounds / Leather Bounds bookstore and coffee shop. ``Every day is a miracle.`` - Janie

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Valerie Ackerman

Child Learning Program Director

Managing and directing the after-school child learning and development program. Providing activities and guidance for kids in a safe and fun environment.



Coffee Bar Barista

Leslie is the coffee shop barista. She brings a warm smile and friendly atmosphere into every day here at Higher Grounds.



Student Helper

Maria is one of the best volunteer helpers during the After School Learning Program for the local Anthony Elementary School.

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