There have been so many changes at the New Hope Center....
We hope you will take a minute to find out about our program and our plans. New Hope Center of Paris exists to help women, children and families in need. We have a new facility and have expanded our services to include familes accompanied by their dads, disabled vets, emancipated teens and other case-by-case admissions. We are also stil operating our emergency shelter for two-day stays.
It is our hope that you find your time spent on this site a blessing. Our Transitional Housing Facility is warm and loving, truly a comfortable home-like atmosphere. New Hope Center prepares our residents for self-sufficient living by addressing all their educational, vocational, spiritual and emotional needs in a safe residential setting. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or needs services to remain in their homes, please call and let our professional and well-trained staff help.
We welcome you with open arms. In our home you will find:
We appreciate the opportunity to greet visitors and show them our home and our program. Please contact one of our staff if you would like to visit. We look forward to meeting you.
We have moved!
Those of you who have followed our more-than-a-year-long journey may know our story. Our “old” home (in the old Margraves Building on 7th and Bonham) served us well for many years, but it deteriorated with time and became difficult to maintain. When Gay Ballew became the Executive Director in March of 2012, finding a new site for the shelter’s housing and other programs was one of her priorities. She spent months researching possibilities. One of the most appealing prospects was the two conjoined buildings at 4th and Sherman, which had previously housed the Department of Human Services.
The old “food stamp” building, as it was known locally for many years, sat empty for 12 years. It was well-built and still in good condition, but the owner had not been interested in selling it. THE RAM Foundation, which is our primary funder and long-time supporter, contacted the owner and was able to change his mind. They bought the facility on loan for the New Hope Center.
The larger of the two buildings faces Sherman Street to the south. That building was renovated for use as office space. The Paris and Lamar County Health Department moved into it a year ago. Approximately one third of it is office space that is still available for rent. The back building will be our new home. In our new location, we will be able to serve not only women and children but also “daddy families”, emancipated teens and several other special populations. The facility is beautiful, clean, bright and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s been a long time since we could say that!
Thanks to the RAM Foundation for making it possible. Thanks to the Lamar County Commissioners Court (Lonnie Layton and Lawrence Malone and their crew), to Sheriff Scott Cass and Lamar County Adult Probation Supervisor Jimmy Don Nicholson for bringing their work crews, too. It took all these folks, their trucks and trailers and the crew and truck from Rocking E Storage two full days to get us moved. They are all local heroes!
New Hope Center wants to give a BIG thank you to Jackie and Lisa Good, owners of GOOD TREE SERVICE in Blossom, Tx for the much needed help with trees at our new property. The help they gaves us was excellent and very professional. This couple and their business have been a true blessing to New Hope! Thanks Jackie and Lisa!!!!