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Dec. 2012: New Hope Foundation Gives Home Makeovers To Three Families In Need for the “Elves In Disguise” Program


(DALLAS) – In the heart of south Dallas on Dec. 20, 2012, New Hope Foundation will put its 7th annual “Elves in Disguise” campaign into full swing to provide three impoverished families a home makeover, complete with Christmas gifts that will brighten their holidays and change their lives. This coming Thursday, 4:00 p.m. at 2200 S. Zang Blvd., more than 150 volunteers and several notable VIPs will gather to help the select families – each with a gripping story of hardship and resilience.

“Our Empowerment Center is in the heart of the Wynnewood community, and for seven years, we have worked diligently to make it a better place for so many deserving families,” said Kip Petroff, founder of the New Hope Foundation. “This year will be the most rewarding year yet because of the families, their stories and how this makeover will change their lives in time for the holidays.”

The Empowerment Center is an adult learning and community service center that is the home base of New Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Led by longtime community activist and pastor of Wynnewood Fellowship Center, Rev. Johnny Flowers, the Empowerment Center is a completely renovated Exxon Lube Center that is now a place of hope for the many families living in Section 8 housing surrounding the center.

“There are more than 480 units here in the Wynnewood community, so to find the right family for these makeovers requires getting to know everyone here,” said Flowers. “There is something here at the center to serve everyone, from GED classes to self-improvement classes. However, the ‘Elves in Disguise’ program is the single most awesome undertaking we do throughout the year.”

Typically, the unveiling is a surprise to the winning families, as they are whisked away from their home for a couple of days and brought back to a crowd of elves, staff and VIPs in attendance applauding. This year, one family is actually moving into a home that has been renovated without their knowledge. In addition, the New Hope Foundation executives will provide other empowerment tools that will set the deserving families up for long-term success.

For more information about the Empowerment Center or New Hope Foundation, visit www.NewHopeFoundation.com.

About New Hope Foundation and the Empowerment Center

Created by Dallas attorney Kip Petroff and his wife, author and former schoolteacher Suzi, New Hope Foundation was created as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization to serve the people of the Wynnewood community and other deserving families in need across south Dallas. The Empowerment Center offers various licenses and certifications, GED classes and self-improvement opportunities. Several educational institutions have already begun making plans to use the facility in ways that will benefit the neighboring community.  New Hope Foundation is always in need of new or gently used furniture, computers, TVs and other audio/video equipment, art, window treatments, gifts, educational items, gift cards and financial contributions. The Empowerment Center is located at 2200 S. Zang Blvd. in Dallas. For more information, visit www.NewHopeFoundation.com .


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