Non-profit hopes for community help

A local non-profit organization who helps men and women of all ages get back on their feet is on the verge of closing its doors.

"I wouldn't be the person I am right now if it wasn't for H.O.P.E," said Tanya Ferguson who has been helped by the H.O.P.E Center.

Six years ago Ferguson was at such a low point she was ready to give up on life but after coming to the H.O.P.E Center she learned how to work through her problems.

"With the support of the hope center I've built up my confidence again got myself esteem back."

H.O.P.E stands for helping our people excel and the programming director Tisha Armstead says they truly live up to their name.

"They go back to school, they receive their high school diploma, they'll get their GED, they'll get a job," said Armstead, "so when they succeed, we succeed."

The center offers a range of resources for the public like parent and couples counseling, anger management classes, youth programming and free access to computers.

"If we were to close then hope in the community would be gone," said Armstead.

Closing is a reality for the H.O.P.E Center because they are running out of the funds they need to stay open.

There are two grants going into effect January first but the non-profit needs anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to get through the year.

"Those who need us most would not have that benefit anymore," said Armstead,

"You need somebody that's going to help empower you, that's going to say you can be a part of the community, you can be a better part of the community," said Ferguson.

An organization that works to empower our community is now hoping for your help.

If you would like to help you can head to any BBVA Compass bank and tell them you are making a donation to Port Arthur Helping Our People Excel.

On September 21st the H.O.P.E Center will host their first fundraiser selling links from 10 in the morning to five in the evening at the Family Dollar on Memorial in Port Arthur.


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