The Craddock Center

The Craddock Center has a simple vision: “Happy & Hope. We Deliver.” The organization, founded by Dr. Fred Craddock and Mrs. Nettie Craddock in 2001, enriches lives through service primarily through educational and cultural programs to children, families, and communities in Southern Appalachia. Although Dr. Craddock passed away in 2015, his vision lives on, as described in his own words: “…all who work in and through the Center, paid and volunteer, infuse every act and word with the grace of God. This is achieved not by an abundance of religious talk but by being gracious as God is.”

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We deliver educational and cultural programs to children, families, and communities in Southern Appalachia.

Children’s Enrichment Program

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The Story Express

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Camp Craddock

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Other Programs

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About the Craddock Center

In the Beginning…

It began with a need: a phone call asking for help for a child, then another asking for delivery of a little joy through a story. In 2001, Dr. and Mrs. Fred B. Craddock heard this call and the vision emerged. Nearly two decades later, The Craddock Center continues to serve by sharing and spreading centuries-old traditions of song and story characteristic of the region.

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