Gulf Coast Hope Center provides update

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:09 AM.

There was a refrigerator an elderly couple on a fixed income and assistance with utility bills for needy.

“We are very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Atkinson said.

Transients come through the area, Scoggins said, but they are helped on their way to an appropriate agency in Panama City or Tallahassee.

And, Scoggins said, there are still plenty of folks who come to his Five Star Auto Collision shop in need of help with utility bills, gas bills or money for groceries.

As of Jan. 23, the Hope Center had seen 113 clients, served 54, referred another 31 out for additional assistance and due to a lack of funding were unable to assist 28 people.

The services provided thus far equal $21,081.26 in value, included $7,254 provided directly through the Hope Center.

The average value of services provided by the Hope Center, per client, was $134.33, and the average value of services per client referred out by the Hope Center was $446.04.

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