A $30,000 grant from AEP/Southwestern Electric Power Co. brought to fruition Tuesday ribbon cutting ceremonies for a new office/storage addition at Hope In Action No. 2 on U. S. Highway 67 West.
HIA board member Paul Henley said the addition includes secured office space for Hope In Action and the Hempstead County Domestic Violence Prevention Program, as well as expanded storage space for the HIA pantry.
“The refrigeration/freezer room will house an ice machine, three chest freezers and two refrigeration-freezer units with room for two more freezers,” Henley said. “One freezer has been donated by the Hope Lions Club. This room will be used to properly store large volumes of perishable food items that are donated to Hope In Action periodically from Walmart, Tyson Foods, and Southern Bakeries, and others.”
Primarily a homeless shelter, HIA No. 2 has been expanded into a full service transitionary facility with a kitchen that serves up to 60 meals a day, Henley said.
“This new refrigeration/freezer room will enable Hope In Action to better serve this unexpected need,” he said.
Established in the remodeled former Hope Migrant Center, the facility offers transitionary space in 10 sleeping rooms, five travel trailers and two mobile homes for individuals and families; and one 64-foot double-wide mobile home, donated by Commercial Metals Corp., for domestic violence victims. Shower facilities for men and women are also available, as are two picnic pavilions, a playground, donated by McDonalds of Hope, and a laundry room.
“We need a place like this in Hope and Hempstead County,” Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey said during ribbon cutting ceremonies Tuesday. “And, more importantly, we have a place like this, and it keeps growing to fit the need as time goes on. I think Washington, D.C., could take a lesson from Hope In Action.”