A subdivision of the Hope Lions Club are looking to revitalize an old state building and repurpose it as a community resource center and depot.

A subdivision of the Hope Lions Club are looking to revitalize an old state building and repurpose it as a community resource center and depot.
In one of the less publicized, but significant events of April 18 Hope City Board Meeting, the Directors approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Hope Evening Lions  to take over the old State Police Headquarters building on Hwy. 67 East near Southern Bakery at the request of Richard Wade, who is serving as the group’s president.
“The Evening Lions Club will be remodeling and repurposing the building’s interior to use as a Compassion Outreach Center.  The center will be open to provide food, clothing and household items for people in need on a weekly basis as well as emergency situation,” Wade said in making his request to the City Board.
“Everything from clothes to food to toilet paper; if there is a need for a household item for a family home, we want to be able to help with it,” he said.
Wade cited an example of a residential home fire, where a family might lose everything, and will need assistance re-establishing themselves.
Wade told the City Board that the Evening Lions plan to partner with other organizations such as Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion, Harvest Texarkana, and the Word of Grace Assembly of God Church to stock the proposed new center with good and maintain utilities.
Upon approval, Wade said the Lions will begin work renovating the building quickly in the near term, calling it an excellent community service project.
“The structure is sound; there is work to be done inside,” he said.
Lions Governor John Collier told the Board that with the project falling under the auspices of Lions Club International that it would be fully insured for liability up to $1 million.
Wade said, “The Lions already have the people to staff the center, and there are interested parties in other organizations who want to help make this a success.”
Wade did not present a time table on when the facility might be running and operational, although more information may become available soon as Lions Club International is preparing have their statewide convention in Hope at Hempstead Hall, starting on Friday.