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Children's home looks toward the future

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
August 10, 2002
One of the more recent changes at Hope Village for Children is a new roadway accessing the campus from 24th Street.
Carrie Ponder, Hope Village executive director, said the entrance has reduced traffic on the narrow paths that run through the campus where children ride bicycles, ride scooters and play games.
Another change Ponder is excited about is becoming part of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentoring program called Big Hope. Currently, 13 mentors are matched with children.
Future plans call for Hope Village to expand its emergency services shelter and foster parent program.
Ponder said Hope Village will start a capital fund-raising campaign next year to expand its programs, including a counseling and education center. Money left over could be used to hire staff, she said.
A children's playground also is planned.

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