Open house, ribbon-cutting Saturday morning, May 4 at Wilmington Hope House


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WILMINGTON — An open house and ribbon-cutting will be held this Saturday, May 4 at the Wilmington Hope House which relocated over the winter.

Wilmington Hope House is a Christian, non-profit emergency drop-in house — a “stay safe” sleep space for women and children experiencing homelessness in Clinton County and surrounding areas, staffed by volunteers.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with the ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. There will be a short program around the ribbon-cutting event.

The new Hope House location can provide night shelter for 10 women, whereas at the former location the occupancy was limited to five.

The new location is 495 East Locust St. near the railroad tracks and across from Point Park, which is where Locust Street, Main Street, and Rombach Avenue meet.

The open house will give locals a chance to see and learn about Wilmington Hope House, and also to meet Tracy Scalf who started as director last fall.

A good summary of the values of Hope House: “We do this by offering clean beds, listening ears, and Christian care, in a clean, safe, chaos-free, supportive, non-judgmental environment for women and children to find genuine, caring hospitality in their time of need. We believe a cup of hot coffee, and friendship offered in Christian hospitality by a committed community can be the beginning of a whole new life.”

If interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, please stop by Saturday or call Tracy Scalf at 937-562-1377 or e-mail hopehouse45177@gmail.com .

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