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llt  ra- December 5, 2012 Page 3 /LMfNC THE ILLUSTRATED BIBLE ALUHY STOVes INc. Forecast Temperatures 541-928-4986 sor,a ores,' Wood, Gas, SJe 9 & Pellet Stoves Sales t Service Sweeps Installations Inspections Lake Levels 805 SE 7th Albany www.albanystoves.com Almanac sponsored by Albany Stoves Inc. High Low Precip Nov. 27 45 32 .00 Nov. 28 43 34 .00 Nov. 29 52 36 .01 Nov. 30 53 47 .71 Dec. 1 57 45 .85 Dec. 2 58 44 1.22 Dec. 3 49 46 .05 Precipitation to date: 56.75 Dec. 7, 2012:45.48 Partly cloudy, some showers. Highs in the mid 40s. Lows in the 30s. Weather information courtesy of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Call 367-5132 for updated stream flow information. Foster Reservoir: 615.95 Green Peter Res.: 942.4 Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. AM behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. LUKE 1:30,31 Italian Girl (1889) by Mary Cassatt VOUR COPIPIUNITV Hope Center moves forward under new leadership By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The HOPE Center has reached the end of a transition period. Two years ago, co-directors Lynn Wiens and Nancy Robeck stepped down and turned the reins over to the First Baptist Church. About a year ago, the church with- drew from the board, although members continue to support the center as individuals. Litta Montiel and Sandi Hegge became the new co-directors. "We've gone through a transi- tion," Hegge said. "At this point, we're finding our our groove." The Hope Center is function- ing under the organization estab- lished by Sharon Pryor and Esther Bennett in 1990. "God just oPened the door for me to come back here," Hegge said. Two years ago, the HOPE Center had difficulty obtaining an occupancy permit from the city of Sweet Home building division when it had to replace its fire sprin- kler system. "We did have to take out a loan," Hegge said. "For the first time in 20 years, they had to take out a loan - for the fire (sprinkler) system." That resolved the occupancy permit issue, Hegge said. "We are solely supported by private donations and churches, and we are in need of a new roof," Hegge said. The HOPE Center helps wom- en and children in crisis that are ready to make changes, Hegge said. The facility, located at the corner of 12th and Kalmia streets, can house up to nine mothers and children. The women served by the HOPE Center go there for a variety of reasons. It could be something they need to prove to a probation officer. They may be escaping abuse. Others come from living in their cars. One woman had het hours cut and couldn't afford to pay her rent, Hegge said. The HOPE Center is not a drop-in shelter, though, Hegge said. It has an application process. The center reaches out to "peo- ple from all walks of life," Montiel said. "We've had an excellent sum- mer," Hegge said. The center has been full until about two weeks ago. Right now, it has one resident, and two more women have applied. "We are Christian-based, so we do make some requirements of them," she said. The center's goal is to teach its residents about God, Donation to SHEM Members of the Sweet Home Safeway crew present a $2,500 check on Nov. 27from the Safeway Foundation to volunteers from Sweet Home Emergency Ministries, which provides food boxes to needy families in the com- munity. Customers also may purchase bags of food to send to SHEM inside the store. 541-367-2293 CORRECTIONS The 55 Plus section of the newspaper in the Nov. 28 edition contained an excerpt regarding a past Senior Citizen business meet- ing that appeared due to an edito- rial error. Here is the correct, cur- rent information: Senior Citizens of Sweet Home will hold a membership meeting, at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10. All are encouraged to attend, give input and be informed of the happenings of your Senior Center. Agenda items include: prayer, flag salute, reading of the minutes from the 2011 meeting, financial reports, manager's report, member activity review, bridge, painters, pinochle, pool players, quilters, wood carvers, report by the Nomi- nating Committee, nominations from the floor, election of officers and new business. Also in that 55 Plus section, a photo caption should have identi- fied a former Sweet Home wrestler waving to the crowd at a Sweet Home-Russia wrestling match as Bill Lynn. Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sandi Hegge, left, and Litta Montiel have taken the reins at the Hope Center. while helping them with housing. "We're looking for somebody that's looking for a different an- swer," she said. "Our goal is to reach people for Christ," Montiel said. And the service gives the cen- ter the opportunity, she said. They count success two ways, they said. One is when residents follow God and also when they successfully improve their lives. "There's a couple of gals who moved out this last week and moved into their own house," Hegge said. "It's exciting when they go to their own house," Montiel said. And when they are walking with the Lord, Hegge said. "We were able to reunite an- other with her family out of state, and her faith was renewed," she said. Sometimes, though, they go back to the lives they left, she said. "The giving is down," Hegge said. "But Litta and I are just start- ing to go and talk tO the churches." She stressed that the organiza- tion has never received government funding and is the longest-running shelter of its kind operating without public funding in the state. "God has always been faith- ful," Hegge said. When the pro- gram is down to its last volunteer or dollar, God provides. "We know He'll be faithful in the future," Hegge said. The entire staff of 15 to 18 is volunteer, she said. 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