The Edmond Sun

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May 23, 2014

Home giveaway aids HOPE Center

EDMOND — HOPE Center of Edmond is promoting it’s own dream home giveaway to occur sometime in October, pending completion of the 3,000-square-foot house, said Chris Sperry, executive director.

Catastrophic emergencies caused by disease, unemployment, child abuse, homelessness, domestic violence and divorce have been the main reasons people seek assistance at HOPE, a nonprofit agency, Sperry said. It also provides a prenatal health clinic for mothers.

“As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, Caleb McCaleb is building a new home in his new Town Square subdivsion,” Sperry said. “He is building a house that we are going to raffle.”

McCaleb is developing the remaining 53 lots of the second phase of Town Square off Danforth between Coltrane and Sooner, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Single family lots range from 6,600 square feet to 8,400 square feet.

“We are thrilled that Caleb McCaleb is doing this and we can hardly wait to see how it turns out,” Sperry said.

Tickets are $100 and are available at the HOPE Center, 1251 N. Broadway.

This will be the first time the charitable organization has raffled a home. Sperry said she hopes the money will help sustain the number of times a year they give food to people.

Ninety-five percent of the center’s canned food items come from food drives, Sperry said. But items such as milk, fruit, cheese, meat and eggs become more expensive, she said.

HOPE Center will purchase food as the price of nutrition becomes further out of reach for families.

Volunteers prepared more than 3,000 food packages that were distributed last year.

“We want to raise enough money to sustain it for at least three or four years,” she said.

The food bank at HOPE is currently low, she said. HOPE Center has been told that it will receive half the amount of food it has received in the past from the national Letter Carriers Food Drive, Sperry said.

This food is distributed by the Regional Food Bank.

“Prices are going up. Milk has gone up considerably,” Sperry said.

HOPE, which stands for Helping Our People in Emergency, was founded in 1984 by the Edmond Ministerial Alliance, an interdenominational council of churches, and the Edmond Women’s Club, a local civic organization.

HOPE Center’s food bank is getting low on items, Sperry said. The Edmond Sun has sponsored the Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive for HOPE Center for since 1989.

Samaritans donated more than $172,581 during the five-week campaign.

TO LEARN MORE about the Town Square home to be raffled for HOPE Center in October, visit      hopecenterofedmond.com/.

 

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