New Hope Center Expands Services to Families and Fellows!
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.
Battering Intervention Prevention and Anger Management Training Courses now Available through New Hope
The New Hope Center of Paris is now a certified provider for Anger Management and Battering Intervention and Prevention Services (BIPP). BIPP is a 6 month course that helps batterers understand their actions and models how to control their behavior so that they can live without violence. Domestic violence comes in many different forms that might include sexual abuse, emotional abuse and child abuse. Often children who come from an abusive home experience some type of abuse themselves and can grow up to be batterers and victims themselves in this generational cycle of abuse. BIPP and Anger Management can help stop that cycle. Classes are required for individuals who have been convicted in cases of family violence.
BIPP classes are held every Monday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the New Hope Center administrative offices at 450 SW 4th, Suite 400 (the Good Samaritan Clinic waiting room). You must finish an hour and a half long intake before starting classes. The intake cost is $40. Each class is $25. To sign up, make an appointment for intake by calling 903-783-0353. You will be given all the pertinent information at that time. Sign-up for Anger Management classes is the same phone call and process. Classes are one day (8 hours) at the same location. The cost is $70. Scheduled dates are August 8, October 10 and December 12. All class times are subject to change based on enrollment.
For more information, call Dawn at the New Hope Center at 903-783-0353.