by Shannon Cay
HARRISON, Ark. – House of Hope is continuing to expand its reach to those without a home in Harrison.
What started off as a small not for profit day center now provides several resources for homeless people to get back on their feet. President of House of Hope Jim Bailey says St. John’s Episcopal Church has donated a building, but there is a lot of work still needing to be done.
The new center will be called HOPE Cottages. He says homelessness in rural areas is a lot harder to see and that’s why the program would like to continue expansion.
So far, the plan is to house eight different families in the eight units. The center would only accept homeless women and children. It would not house victims of domestic abuse.
Bailey says the center has a lot of support, but it will take months or even years before this overnight extension of House of Hope is a reality.