Ralph W. Ketner Center Dedication & 30th Anniversary

Rowan Helping Ministries’ original facility was dedicated Sunday as the Ralph W. Ketner Center in honor of the community leader who donated and raised funds to build it.

More than 100 people gathered at 226 North Long Street as the newly-renovated building was officially unveiled.  The facility is home to the crisis assistance network, the food pantry, the clothing center, and administrative offices for Rowan Helping Ministries.  The organization’s homeless shelter and Jeannie’s Kitchen are now located in the Robertson-Stanback Center, which opened in May, 2014 across the street.

Those attending the dedication, which also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Rowan Helping Ministries, included Linda Ketner and Robert Ketner, the children of Mr. Ketner, and their families.

With his mind and business acumen, Ralph W. Ketner created employment, wealth and security in our region. With his heart, he used his personal and business success to help others.

In the late 1980s, Mr. Ketner contributed and raised funds needed to build a facility for the newly-established Rowan Helping Ministries.   His passion for helping the poor made him a lifelong supporter through the financial contributions and food donations he gave to help his neighbors in need.   

The handprints of Mr. Ketner will be visible throughout this community for generations to come. On North Long Street, his legacy will live on as our most fragile citizens enter these doors to build better lives.