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New Home for the Hope House

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The women and families who live in Hope House are moving to a new home and new opportunities.

It's moving day at the Hope House.

For the battered women's shelter, a new, bigger facility means a better chance for recovery for women and their families. 

"We want everybody to have a home and a place to sleep at night where they're safe and they're warm and the children to have the consistency of being able to go to school everyday, and these women to be able to go out and find jobs and that sort of thing," said Kim Shafer. 

Women like Denise, who chose not to use her full name, but was happy to share her story.

"I've been on a journey the last year and a half and that journey led me here in September, it was real scary at first but it's been a real positive thing in my life and my children's," said Denise. 

With the help of recruits from the Rapides and Alexandria Fire Department, the moving boxes and furniture were slowly packed and then unpacked at a new location.

"It's good for us to get involved with the community, make sure we have the public support. We are a public service so we try to do all we can," said Jonathan Socia.

Leaving behind the Bolton Avenue house that served as a shelter for 24 years. 

"It's a really nice place, I think it's going to be a positive thing for the house and the people and the staff in it," said Denise. 

Opening new doors for the families of the Hope House. 

"There's a multitude of different stories, and if we don't have a program like this, that will continue, and our goal is to end the homeless problem," said Shafer.

For more information on the Hope House and how you can help a family in need this holiday season, visit


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