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Hope Center moves into new location
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There’s a new place for hope.
The Hope Center of Warren County has changed locations as it works to provide a variety of counseling services from anger management to drug treatment. The Hope Center is now located downtown at 203 W. Main Street in the old clinic building.
“Everybody has issues that affect our lives and relationships,” said Harry Green, a member of The Hope Center board of directors. Green said many people can control their issues and live productive lives, but others aren’t so fortunate. “One thing I want to stress is we don’t magically change lives. We don’t do miracles. But there are some miraculous things that can happen for those who are willing to work hard and who are willing to change.”
Green said changing life-long behavior is no easy task. He says it usually takes a person six times in counseling or some type of treatment program before they are willing to admit change needs to happen.
“Changing big things about yourself like your values or your personality doesn’t take place overnight,” said Green.
Last year there were 55 volunteers who contributed 2,778 volunteer hours to provide a number of support group programs. Those programs include: coping with divorce, single parenting, suicide prevention, anger management, addiction recovery, family counseling, and financial management. There is also a GED class.
The first graduate of the center’s 24-week Hope for Life program said it transformed her life to the point where she got her children back and now has a much better grasp on how to deal with them.
Another person taking the anger management class said she did not realize how angry she was until taking the course.
Carol Ann Richardson serves as Hope Center director. Last year she logged over 1,000 volunteer hours and averaged over 40 volunteer hours a week in July.
Green said one thing The Hope Center does not do is help people pay their utility bills. He said this is a frequent request.
“If you’re known as a helping agency, you’re going to get requests for help for anything imaginable,” said Green. “We don’t hand out any money of any kind for any reason.”
While not distributing money, The Hope Center aims to assist those who seek to live a better and more productive life. The organization wants to offer a hand up, not a hand out.
Some class participants are there because they are mandated by the courts. Others have a genuine goal to alter negative behavior.
“You can tell who is sincere and who is just going through the motions,” said Green.
Like most 501(c)3 nonprofits, The Hope Center needs donations to keep the doors open. Even with an all-volunteer workforce, expenses were over $12,000 last year.
“We’re hoping individuals or businesses might pledge $10 or $20 a month,” said Green.
The Hope Center can be reached at 507-7800 or www.hopecenterwc.org.