House of Hope held an open house on Sept. 22, 2015, to showcase improvements at the agency’s Indiantown branch, 15549 SW Warfield Blvd.
The Indiantown Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand-reopening of the branch.
The entire floor plan of the 3,000-square-foot branch has been re-configured for better flow, safety and service delivery to local people in need. Staffing and equipment have been added, thanks to support from the Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation and the Loblolly Community Foundation.
Improvements touched all phases of House of Hope’s Indiantown branch:
• Case management offices: The renovations moved office space nearer to the food pantry and created a waiting area separate from the thrift store. The office space is important because everyone who seeks assistance from House of Hope receives some level of case management. Staff and trained volunteers open a dialogue with clients and identify root causes of people’s hardship. This process meets such short-term needs as food, clothing and referrals while working with people in longer-term planning toward a more self-sufficient future.
• Food pantry: The food pantry renovations include more refrigerator/freezer capacity, improved computer equipment and a checkout counter. All House of Hope branches use the Client Choice model of food pantry service, empowering people to make healthy food choices and creating a greater sense of dignity.
• Thrift store: Renovations also improved the appearance and layout of the thrift store, which offers Indiantown residents a low-cost, high-quality place to shop for clothing, furniture, household items, etc.
The Indiantown branch is one of House of Hope’s four service centers across Martin County. The others are in Stuart, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach.
House of Hope has been helping Martin County residents overcome hunger and hardship since the agency was founded in 1984. Today, House of Hope touches the lives of more than 5,000 people per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and case management services to guide people toward greater self-sufficiency.