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December 5, 2012

Center of Hope debuts catalog

WEATHERFORD —  

For years, Center of Hope has strived to help those in need through food supply, education and more.

As the community’s needs continue to grow, the Center of Hope recently released material that makes it easier to donate, and also to learn more about the many programs offered by the organization, through the Center of Hope catalog, Giving Hope.

“We mailed the catalog out to our existing donor base at the beginning of November,” development director Linda Livingston said. “We have more than 65 churches that partner with us, as well as around 40 business partners.”

Throughout the last few weeks, the organization, which has a volunteer base of around 2,500, has been distributing catalog around the area during events, as well as promoting a link to the material on its website, www.centerofhopetx.com.

With eight pages, the catalog details the different programs offered by Center of Hope, as well as a chart of what causes the donations actually go toward. In the pamphlet, Center of Hope also states that 92 percent of every gift goes toward programs that help children and families in the county.

“That’s a strong number to speak of, and we want people to know where their donations are actually going,” Livingston said. “The design of the catalog gives you a dollar amount and what that amount can do for the food pantry, or for Camp Hope.

“It lets people know exactly what they’re donating to.”

One of the highlights of Center of Hope is its food pantry, which helps around 500 families a month receive groceries, as well as provide 1,500 meals and financial assistance.

Other programs include Hope for Tomorrow, which educates adults on job skills, computer and financial management classes and more; Tree of Hope and Camp Hope, a summer program for youth in low-income neighborhoods to help teach them life and cooking skills.

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