Herby Ham Activity Center was created from the vision of Herby Ham, who had tremendous heath issues throughout his life. Rather than being sad about his issues, his determination made a difference in his life and the life of many around him. "To stay youthful, stay useful" was Herby’s motto and is still true today. His dream was to create a facility that would help adults do just that, where they could learn new skills, have a variety of activities, exercise, socialize and make new friends.
In 1990, the Uvalde Adult Activity Center became a reality. Opening on Main Street in Uvalde, Texas, the original center catered to adults 55 and older. The new facility, opening in 2013 Herby Ham Activity Center open to adults 18 and over, is a 21,000 square feet complex houses a swimming pool, exercise rooms, a wood shop and a gift shop, event facilities and meeting rooms.
Presently, over 500 people come through our doors each week for everything from water aerobics, afternoon games, exercise classes, dance instruction, craft classes, wood shop, dances, monthly prayer breakfast and rentals. A Farmers Market is also held around town every Thursday.
Project Grace, an outreach to children in the area who have experienced trauma or are ill was formed in 2018. This outreach includes talents of quilters (Quilts of Grace), woodworkers (Toys of Grace) and crochet (Yarns of Grace). Since September of 2018 over 200 quilts have been created and given to children through CASA. The toy cars are given to children through area police and sheriff and fire department.
Herby Ham's philosophy was that busy hands and active, productive minds lead to better physical, mental and spiritual health and the Center embodies his vision.