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Helping Hope
by Steve Beavers
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Home Dream Center's Annie Saffore (left) and Tate Baptist's Nancy Tenhet organize a hat rack during a week of volunteer work at the mission center.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers Home Dream Center's Annie Saffore (left) and Tate Baptist's Nancy Tenhet organize a hat rack during a week of volunteer work at the mission center.
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It has been a long road for organizers of the Hope Dream Center Mission.

An attempt to help the homeless and troubled women has been met with roadblock after roadblock.

"I have been discouraged for a while," said Annie Saffore, president of the center board. "We haven't been able to do things ourselves and not many people have been willing to help."

Until this week.

Dream Catchers renewed optimism following a week of organization at the mission center. As part of "Tate Baptist Cares," around 11 members of the church took on the project of getting things organized at the center.

"Our main objective is to help them establish a clothes closet," said Dream Catchers team leader Richard Tenhet. "There were mounds of clothes which needed sorting and labeled."

Work of the volunteers has re-energized Saffore.

"They are our angels," she said. "The Lord wants to continue His purpose that's why He sent help."

Some of those helping have tries to the place which use to be the home of Tate Baptist Church.

"Three of us have a long history here," said Nancy Tenhet.

The Tenhets, Linda Hughes and Cindy Steen were all part of the church once located on Tate Street. Steen started church there 37 years ago.

"Both kids were baptized in the church and Cindy's daughter was the last one baptized here," said N. Tenhet. "It's special to us that something can continue here like the center."

Volunteers went through close to 100 bags of clothing during the week. They also changed 76 light bulbs, mowed the grass and cleaned.

"We are staying here until we get it done," said Steen on Friday.

Jamie Gambino was part of the cleaning crew during the week.

"I have gladly spent the last three weeks in my life serving God," he said. "I don't regret it one minute."

The church is praying the work leads to more opportunities to be witnesses.

"Our hope is it opens more fellowship," said N. Tenhet. "We are all made in God's image."

Organizers of the center purchased the old Tate Baptist Church building in 2012 to turn it into a shelter for homeless women and children. Before any renovations could be done on the 36,000 square-foot facility, the center had to install a sprinkler system to meet city building ordinances. The completed project was finished at a cost around $30,000.

"We knew God's will was to feed the hungry and help the poor," said Saffore. "The Lord has blessed us by bringing this bunch of angels to fulfill his will."

For more information about the Hope Dream Center call Saffore at 662-287-5659.
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