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Helping H.O.P.E. Center in need of food for families

DRY RIDGE, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- An organization that helps people in need is looking for some assistance.

H.O.P.E. Center in Grant County usually has shelves full of food and other supplies.  But an increase in the number of people needing help has changed that. 

The center has been located at a building on Hopperton Lane for about a month.  The founder of the organization is hoping to make this the permanent location.

The founder of the H.O.P.E. Center, Kimberly Haubner, said, "Families have come through the door and we've been able to supply them all with food.  So our pantry is pretty empty."

The shelves are bare, the past few months have been rough on the nonprofit that helps the homeless and other people struggling.

Haubner continues, "It's been a rough winter.  We are getting calls everyday, people needing food.  We're getting calls from people for housing or have no heat.  We're actually housing six here tonight."

Despite having a hard time, the volunteers here are still doing what they can for local families in need.  Providing clothing, food, personal hygiene products and anything else the families may need.  They also supply diaper bags to new moms.

Kimberly Haubner started the charity out of her home.  She works two jobs to pay for the operating costs of the center.  H.O.P.E. has had several different locations but now Kim and the volunteers are trying to raise money to buy their current building just of I-75.

Collecting all of these supplies and food is a lot of work, but the people here are committed to helping whomever may walk through the doors.  The center also puts together care packages for people in the military as well as college students.

There is a benefit bake sale and canned goods drive for the H.O.P.E. Center Thursday.  It's from noon to 7p.m. at Dry Ridge Baptist Church on Broadway Street.



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