Graff Dairy works with The House to employ teens at revamped ice cream shop |

Graff Dairy works with The House to employ teens at revamped ice cream shop

Graff Dairy LLC and The House, A Safe Place for Western Slope Teens gathered to celebrate a partnership that will return Graff Dairy Ice Cream to the Grand Valley and provide House teens with employment opportunities.

In the presence of a live Holstein cow and on the site of the historical Graff Dairy, Graff Dairy LLC and The House cemented their partnership over fresh milk and by inking a partnership agreement on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Graff Management LLC recently purchased the historical Graff Dairy business and the property. The new president, Darin Carei, is in the process of remodeling the building and plans to re-open this landmark business using the original top secret recipes.

“We are committed to serving up the very same ice-cream that families across the Valley have come to associate with fun, summer and joy,” Carei said.

He hopes to have the newly remodeled business open Dec. 21, adding a new drive through and as well espressos, cappuccinos and breakfast burritos. Along with of course classic Graff soft serve ice cream.

In addition to serving up great ice-cream and preserving this historical business, Carei is excited to be offering employment opportunities to teens associated with The House.

“I believe employment, training and patience can do so much to help individuals more towards stability.” Carei said.

“We are really taken aback by all of this,” said John Mok-Lamme, executive director of Karis, Inc., the organization that oversees The House.

“Darin has a unique gift and passion for helping teens find hope through employment and entrepreneurship. We could not be more excited that he has agreed to work with our teens at this iconic Grand Junction Business,” Mok-Lamme said.

Once Graff Dairy reopens House teens will receive job training from The House and then be interviewed by Graff Dairy management. Teens will receive on site job coaching and Graff management will receive training from House staff on how to work effectively with teens.

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