New Hope Center in Paris holds open house

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PARIS, TX-- A Paris shelter, that helps the homeless transition back into society, held an open house Tuesday, bringing nearly 100 people out for the event.

The New Hope Center, which now holds 52 people, caters to men, women, veterans and families. The shelter moved to their new location in February, but took a couple months to make some changes before they could hold their open house.

Tuesday's event brought out city and county officials, and several donors who've provided thousands of dollars to the shelter.

"It's awesome because that means they are going to continue to support us," said Executive Director Gay Ballew. "Its a way to show off this is what you gave us and this is what we did with it."

Executive Director Gay Ballew says the center is planning to work with the local Red Cross, Salvation Army and Christians in Action to help better serve the community.

To live in the shelter, you have to pass a background check and volunteer in the community.

If you would like to make donations to the New Hope Center, you can bring them to 450 4th Street SW.