HOPE Center back in action after two-year hiatus


July 6, 2022

Scott Swanson

HOPE Center Resident Manager Donna, left, and Administrator Bethanie Young sit in the reception area of the reopened shelter.

Bethanie Young sits with Donna, the resident manager of the HOPE Center, in a tastefully lit room with sunlight streaming through the large windows.

This is the reception area for the HOPE Center, which has been "essentially empty" for the past couple of years, another result of the COVID pandemic.

But no more. The facility is neatly restored to operation, with administration and residents following that hiatus.

The HOPE Center, located at the corner of 12th and Kalmia streets, was established by Sharon Pryor and Esther Bennett in 1990 as a resource for women and children in crisis. The...

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