History of Cane Run
1998 was a watershed year for growth in southwest Jefferson County.
February brought the opening of Farnsley Middle School at the intersection of Lees Lane and Cane Run Road. Then, after nearly a two-year time frame of scattered placement at various sites, several human service agencies coalesced with a ground breaking ceremony at 3410 Lees Lane to become Neighborhood Place of the Greater Cane Run Area. The 10.000 square foot building opened its doors on Thursday, May 21, 1998 becoming the fifth such location in Jefferson County. M J Kinman served as the first Administrator of Cane Run, but had moved on to another position nearly a year before the groundbreaking.
Woody Miller followed as administrator and reaped the benefits of a carefully designed facility well-suited for the collaborative. In the those early days a Department of Juvenile Justice grant helped to cement positive relationships with several area schools along with the creation of two Community School programs, one each at Farnsley Middle School and Cane Run Elementary School. At the request of Cane Run’s Community Council the Neighborhood Place Managing Board in May of 1999 approved an arrangement to house an individual, family and marriage counselor from Shively Area Ministries on a part-time basis. This service remained in place for 7 years. Council leadership also saw Cane Run pioneering the introduction of Community Coordinated Child Care (4C’s) to the mix of social services in October, 2000. 4C’s now operates in four Neighborhood Place sites. In response to growing numbers of relative caregivers, Cane Run launched a grandparents’ raising grandchildren support group known as G.L.U.E. (Giving Love Understanding and Encouragement) in February, 2004 meeting every third Tuesday of the month.
Yet another creative partnership was forged with Indiana University Southeast’s School of Nursing in 2006. Each fall semester a team of senior level nursing interns design and implement a health-related, community project as part of their practicum experience.