New building

Rockport Hands of Hope cut the ribbon officially opening its new office on the grounds of First Baptist Church.

Rockport Hands of Hope Board President Tish Tamez, prior to cutting the ribbon officially opening the non-profit organization’s new building on the grounds of First Baptist Church (1515 Live Oak), said, “Our mission doesn’t end because we’re recognizing the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.”

First Baptist Senior Pastor Scott Jones opened the ceremony with a word of prayer, and talked about Hands of Hope’s history. The organization was organized as part of the church’s mission after Hurricane Harvey, but it was soon realized the work it was doing was bigger than what the church could handle.

He noted after the storm the church was asked to house what became the Volunteer Reception Center, and the needs expanded dramatically in the months that followed.

“Through God’s help, we got to help people without going through bureaucratic red tape,” said Jones.

Rockport Hands of Hope sought and received its nonprofit status and is run by a board of directors and Executive Director Cyndi Powell.

The building was always needed, but it wasn’t until Ram House Movers got involved that it came to fruition. The company had a building on its property in Corpus Christi for more than a year. It’s owner, Lilly Wilkinson, who’s company mission is to save and recycle structures for historical preservation and to keep structures out of the landfill, was inspired by the work of Rockport Hands of Hope and brought the idea forward.

“I knew this is what the Lord wanted me to do with this building,” said Wilkinson.

She notified Rockport Hands of Hope about the building and what she needed to make it happen, all at her cost. This notification happened in April and less than five months later, the project has been completed.

“We will be able to enhance what we are doing to help and assist people,” said Powell.

Rockport Hands of Hope’s mission is to help the residents of the Coastal Bend rebuild their lives and homes through personal, spiritual and material assistance as a benevolence and disaster relief center, and through associations with other groups functioning to give assistance and hope to those needing help.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Individuals needing assistance with home repairs should contact Rockport Hands of Hope at the office, or online at https://www.rockporthandsofhope.com.

If one is willing to volunteer, call Powell at (361) 463-2186 or email assistance@rockporthandsofhope.com.

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