---- — MT. VERNON — One Hope United will be moving to a new location.
The agency, which serves at-risk families and is best known for its local Foster Grandparent program, has purchased a building at 4110 N. Water Tower Place, which was formerly the Oncology Clinic. An open house to celebrate the new, consolidated location will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 15.
According to information from One Hope United, the organization helps about 400 children and families in the area each year.
"We've been here for 30 years, and we're really hoping community members will come visit and discover ways they can volunteer and contribute to helping vulnerable children in the Mt. Vernon community," said Nikki Quandt, director of programs for One Hope United in Effingham.
The open house will include a tour of the new offices and information about the programs of One Hope United which help prevent child abuse and provide services for children, youth and families. Prior to the move, the agency operated out of two offices in Mt. Vernon.
"We really value One Hope United in the community," said Lynn Hutchison, community resource director for the United Way of South central Illinois, which helps fund some of the agency's programs. "The foster grandparents help in the schools to mentor and tutor children, and they help United Way with special events. The youth services programs are also very important to the community."
According to information from the agency, "One Hope United is a private human-service organization that offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. The agency serves thousands of children and families with a vision of ensuring the successful transition of our children to healthy and productive adults."
This year marks the 110th anniversary of One Hope United Hudelson Region, which serves central and southern Illinois and Missouri.