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 single men. 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.
The call came in one cold Novemeber afternoon last year. It was a dad. He was on the street with his two little girls - one was a toddler, the other, an infant. He was out of work, out of transportation, and out of a place to stay. He and his children were running out of options and hope. He really hoped we could help. At the time, we could not. New Hope did not have shelter for men - single, married or othewise. It almost broke our hearts. We knew something had to be done.
We discussed these issues at the Lamar County Homelessness Coalition and among other local shelter options. The Christians in Action men's shelter is always serving at their capacity. The Salvation Army does take families but cannot house them during the day. There were no long-term, transitional type services for "daddy families" or single men.
The NHC Board of Directors approved the inclusion of families accompanied by fathers and single men. The eligibility criteria remain the same as always: applicants must pass drug and alcohol tests and background check (no convictions of a violent or sexual nature); must understand and agree to the expectations of the Transitional Program and participate in their own recovery from homelessness. New Hope has accommodations for elderly and disabled applicants and welcomes veterans.