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High Hope initiative seeks community work outlets for clients
Statesboro Food Bank is first beneficiary
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With the piloting of a new project, High Hope individuals volunteer at the local Food Bank to provide additional hands for unloading boxes and stacking products. Additional business support is needed to enable High Hope clients to get involved in work or volunteer opportunities in the community. - photo by Special

The Bulloch-Candler Service Center, more commonly known as High Hope, recently initiated a project that they hope will benefit the individuals served by the center, as well as the community.

The first beneficiary of the project is the local Food Bank. Two clients and one staff member from High Hope Center travel to the Food Bank, at the old Julia P. Bryant Elementary School building, four days a week to stack products, unload boxes or give needed assistance to Food Bank workers.

Food Bank manager Jodi Brannon sang the praises of the High Hope volunteers, saying they are dependable and hardworking.

High Hope officially began operation in 1972 for handicapped adults to have a place that would give them purpose, skills and friendships. The original desire to build a training center and improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities blossomed and grew continuously.

One year after opening, the staff began instructing the adult clients in prevocational skills, such as yard work and housekeeping. The clients also received arts and crafts instruction.

Today, close to 70 individuals learn current events, complete crafts projects, work on jigsaw or crossword puzzles, listen to books on tape, participate in vocational classes and spend time outdoors.

Two other projects the center has carried out for quite some time involve paper recycling and packing material production for Viracon.

Individuals at the center tear paper from old textbooks and yearbooks donated by schools and sort through paper donated to the center. Individuals receive pay according to the weight of the recycled paper.

Clients also methodically hot-glue rectangular pieces of cardboard to foam pieces and then load them into boxes for transportation to Viracon twice a week. The Viracon plant places the foam between sheets of glass as protection prior to shipping.

According to Becky Cox, training instructor for High Hope, the center recently had to up the production of foam pieces to meet the needs of the plant.

With a constant focus on building a better tomorrow for those with disabilities, High Hope is excited about launching a project that will get their individuals out in the community, working or volunteering.

For information on using High Hope individuals, call Becky Cox at the center at (912) 489-8711.


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