Operating out of Findlay, Hope House provides services for more than 3,500 homeless and impoverished individuals and families in Hancock County every year.

Laurie Poland, Hope House development director; Sue Lehman, Hope House CEO; and AEP Ohio’s Stacy Agler and John Recker

Its transitional shelter, which provides a safe place for women and their children to stay while they get back on their feet, was recently in need of a remodel. Thanks to a $3,500 contribution from AEP Ohio, Hope House was able to purchase a new countertop as part of the shelter’s kitchen makeover.

“The shelter is a place where, when women and children stay there, it’s their home. And we want people to feel like it’s their home,” said Laurie Poland, Development Director at Hope House. “The more we can make it look like a home, the more comfortable people will be there. Just like in any home, the kitchen is an incredibly important part.”

The shelter’s renovation began earlier this year when a leak was discovered behind the sink. Beyond this important repair, additional upgrades – funded by the support of other organizations – included new flooring, repainting and new dining room furniture.

The Hope House’s new countertop

As part of its winter donation drive, employees at AEP Ohio’s Findlay service center also delivered Hope House a box of essentials including personal hygiene products, gas and grocery gift cards, hats, gloves, laundry detergent, soap and cleaning supplies.

“We really appreciate this relationship with AEP,” Laurie said. “We just don’t get any of these things done without grants and the help and generosity of others.”

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