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Grant Awarded for Hope House Purchase

The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is proud to announce a $33,750 grant has been awarded to First Resources Corporation to assist with the purchase of a facility for Hope House in Ottumwa.  A portion of these Legacy grant monies has been provided by donations previously made to the Kevin Davis Memorial Fund.  The Hope House is a program designed to address the unique issues of substance abusers and provides a safe environment where women and their children can experience the development of new permanent changes in all areas of their life. Clients of Hope House are educated and motivated toward recovery from addiction and provided other parenting and life skills throughout the process.  Previously located in Agency, the new Ottumwa Hope House facility will allow space for four additional families, individual bedrooms, in-house therapy and easy access to transportation and community resources.  “With the support of this grant, First Resources now has the opportunity to purchase the Ottumwa property for Hope House services,” stated David Wilson, executive director for First Resources. “This new facility affords us the ability to continue to improve and expand our treatment services to those that need it.”   This expansion includes the addition of an apartment for a male substance abuser and his child to receive treatment in addition to the women. This innovative component is something new to Iowa as First Resources is the first agency in the state to pilot this type of a project for men and their children.  “The Legacy Foundation has been supportive of the Hope House program since its inception,” said Kelly Genners, director of community leadership & grant-making.  “Assisting them in their efforts to increase the capacity they are able to serve – both men and women – is the right decision for our community.”