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Popular non-profit groups soon to be homeless

The Center of Hope in East Parker County and Aledo Children’s AdvoCats Clothes Closet were met with a surprise as they began preparations for remodeling.

The two non-profit organizations were notified by Exxon, the current landlord and where they have been for nearly a decade, that their lease will be terminated effective June 30.

“These organizations are a great resource for our community, schools and people who need a hand up,” said Paula Robinson, CEO for the Center of Hope. “Center of Hope and Aledo Children’s AdvoCats are determined to find a new home but are asking for help.”

The Center of Hope is asking readers if you know of available space that either or both these organizations could make their new home or if you would like more information on their needs, contact Paula Robinson, CEO for Center of Hope at 817-594-0266 email info@centerofhopetx.com or Jennifer Collins, VP of the Clothes Closet for Aledo Children’s AdvoCats at 817-821-6440 or email at clothescloset@aledoadvocats.com.

Collins said the Aledo Children’s AdvoCats is a non-profit organization of women committed to raising charitable funds to help fulfill and aid unmet needs of children and their families in the Aledo area. It was established in 2002, and has donated more than $675,000 to the community.

“One hundred percent of money raised through fundraisers is used towards charitable efforts such as medical expenses, clothing, living expenses, wheelchairs, dental care, school supplies, counseling and more,” she said. “The Clothes Closet, as a clothing resource, offers a service to families in need by providing a place to ‘shop’ for necessities at no cost. It is an invaluable service that we are blessed to be able to provide. We have many families and children that rely on this service to clothe their families.”

She said it is also open to the public as a Resale Shop and is considered a bargain shoppers’ “paradise” with proceeds supporting AdvoCats‘ vital programs while helping local children and families in need.

“During the last school year, Clothes Closet assisted over 745 people with free clothing worth more than $26,000, valued at our prices which are traditionally less than your average resale shop prices,” Collins added. “We also helped people from more than 10 local communities through cooperation with the schools and the Center of Hope. We sold over $20,000 last year in resale items and used those funds to directly help the children of Aledo.”

Currently, Center of Hope occupies 6,000 square feet and the AdvoCats 2,000 at their location at 9901 Bankhead Highway. The two would like the same amount but realize they may have to adjust to a smaller space. The two organizations work together and serve many of the same clients and would like to be located next to each other in a new building, if that is possible.

Center of Hope's mission is to help others break the cycle of poverty and offers groceries, financial assistance with utilities and prescriptions, support for moms called Moms with Hope, teach Basic English classes, and financial guidance. Clients also travel to Weatherford Center of Hope to attend classes for computer skills, Jobs for Life training, dental assistance and adult basic education. Its mission includes meeting immediate needs but the objective is to help families and individuals discover and develop resources to meet their own needs with pride and dignity while pointing them back to the Lord.

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