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20140829 PENITAS Buckner-Ribbon-Cutting 3133 COLORPEÑITAS–Buckner International executives and community leaders celebrated the new expansion of the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Thanks to the generosity of Buckner donors, the construction provides additional resources for families in the Peñitas area.

“We are excited for this new addition because it gives Buckner an opportunity to expand the work of the Buckner Family Hope Center and provide hope to even more struggling families,” said Monica Salinas, executive director of Buckner Children and Family Services in the Rio Grande Valley. “This expansion will provide a safe and stable environment as our families strive to gain control of their futures and make positive changes for their families.”

The Family Hope Center focuses on improving the lives of Peñitas individuals and families that experience moderate to extreme poverty by providing a holistic ministry approach. The program seeks to strengthen and support these families by empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. This is accomplished through a variety of services including case management, social services, education, business development, and humanitarian aid, while addressing the physical, spiritual, medical, emotional and vocational needs of clients.

Since it began in 2011, the Family Hope Center has supported more than 20,000 individuals in the Peñitas area through humanitarian aid, community and health programs. Following the completion of the expansion, the Center will continue to impact even more individuals through the addition of two community classrooms, a youth classroom, computer lab, family room and a children’s room that will provide activities while parents participate in program classes.

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