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 Coming Soon through New Hope
The New Hope Center is proud to announce that it will soon be certified to provide Battering Intervention and Prevention for individuals required to take that course. We will also be teaching Anger Management. This kind of training is required for persons who have been convicted of Family Violence and can also be useful in a variety of other situations.
The first class begins April 4, from 8AM-5PM at New Hope. Additional classes will be held throughout the year. Classes are 8 hours and cost $70.
For more information, call Dawn at the New Hope Center at 903-783-0353.