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New Hope Education Center -- Expansion Project

by lindatatu


Mon, Aug 23rd 2010 01:43 pm




The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”

                                                Edward Kennedy





            It has been in the plans for a while.  You may have heard talk about Harvest House  wanting to expand and make the New Hope Education Center larger.  We  believe it is finally going to happen and  feel comfortable making a formal announcement.  Due to the generosity of three foundations, we are more than half way to our goal!  Of course the project is contingent on Harvest House being able to raise the rest of the money, but we do not feel God would get us this far if it wasn’t His will. 

            The New Hope Education Center is to be enlarged from 5,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet.  By renovating the center’s warehouse, New Hope will increase the classroom capacity from 240 students to more than 800 students.  The Baby and Children's Ministry, which sees more and more children each year, has outgrown its facilities on Seneca Street,  and will be moved to the larger space currently occupied by the education center.  Not only will its new location give the clients a more comfortable experience and increase the rack and storage space for donations, it will also make it easier for families to take advantage of the free medical services at Good Neighbors Health Care and the education services at New Hope Education Center.  The education center will also have offices for ancillary services that may be of service to the Baby and Children's Ministry clients and also space for parenting classes.  Classroom space will also be available to Good Neighbors Health Care to hold classes.  The possibilities are endless and exciting!

            On May 7, 2007, New Hope Education Center, a facility for students 21 years and older, opened with one GED class of six students and was open 3 hours a day. Today, just 3 1/2 years later, the education center is open five days a week and has classes mornings, afternoons and evenings.   Courses offered are chosen carefully with priority given to those that ultimately lead to jobs.  In New Hope’s short history, 168 students have received a Licensed Practical Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant, or Personal Care Aid degree or certificate.  The Medical Office Assistant  class has graduated 56 students, 63% of the pre-collegiate students have enrolled in college and 20 students have received their GED.

            Please keep this project in your prayers as Harvest House seeks the remaining funding, chooses a contractor and signs up more providers.


Let us not grow weary of doing good; if we do not relax our efforts,

in due time we shall reap our harvest. Galatians 6:9



The warehouse, where the expansion will

 take place, is currently filled with

 furniture that needs to move. 

A used office furniture sale will be held

September 17 and 18, 10am - 2pm.




“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”

                                                Edward Kennedy


Site of expanded New Hope Education Center