New Look, New HOPE

Facility to showcase improvements in open house


February 8, 2023

Benny Westcott

A newly remodeled hallway represents just some of the upgrades that have been made at the HOPE Center over the past two years.

The HOPE Center in the former First Baptist Church at 12th and Kalmia streets reopened its doors in early 2022 following a pandemic-imposed two-year hiatus, welcoming clients and visitors with a host of changes.

Its first floor got a fresh coat of paint, with new flooring in the common room, bathroom and offices. New main doors were installed.

"All of the doors were rotting and rusting," board member Jeff Young said.

The sprinkler system was updated, and a previously inoperable firm alarm was fixed. The interior of the center's adjacent house was painted, and its floors were cleaned. Oth...

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