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House of Hope banquet benefits transition effort

A house that once stood empty and silent on the corner of South Main and Lee streets in Brundidge is now a House of Hope for women who are making the transition from a recovery program to working and providing for themselves.

“The residents at the House of Hope are women who have successfully completed the Adult Teen Challenge program but choose to remain in the transition program for different reasons,” said Alicia Carroll, House of Hope director.

The adult program provides a place of security and support as the program participants transition back into the community and the workplace and to providing for themselves. “The residents are required to pay 25 percent of their wages to the House of Hope and to save 35 percent so they will have money of their own when they leave the House of Hope,” Carroll said. “The residents are also encouraged to be contributing members of the community. “At the present time, we have three residents at the House of Hope. Two of them work at Southern Classic Foods in Brundidge and the other works for Johnson Labs in Troy. We are so appreciative of the support of these businesses and the opportunities they provide for these women. These businesses are making a positive difference in their lives.”

Carroll said the residents also appreciate the opportunities they have in Brundidge for community involvement.

“One of our residents had a role in “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” at the We Piddle Around Theater in the fall. She had such a good time and made so many friends. Hopefully, more of our residents will take advantage of such a unique opportunity.”

Lawrence Bowden, president of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society, said there is always room for one more at the WPA theater.

“Tina was a great addition to our play,” he said. “She did a great job and quickly became member of the ‘Come Home’ family. I would encourage local businesses to lend a helping hand to these women who are working their way back to a productive and contributing lifestyle.”

“The banquet and silent auction go a long way in funding the House of Hope for the coming year,” Carroll said. “We greatly appreciate those who support the banquet with their attendance and those who donate items.”

This year’s House of Hope Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Cattleman Park. Tickets are $10. Reserved tables that seat eight are $80.  For banquet tickets, visit alatc.org/atc-banquets or call 205-440-9712.

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