Students collected 100 coats and 50 pairs of gloves in November for residents of Hope House, a residential substance abuse recovery and mental health facility for women. In addition, notes of encouragement were placed in the pockets of the coats.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Roger Duke, lecturer of project management, delivered several bags of clothing to the Augusta nonprofit’s campus.
“I was looking for a good service project for my project management students, so the timing with the Days of Service fit well,” Duke said. “The students then took the idea one more step and included ‘Gloves with Love.’ I think we made a real difference.”
The “Notes with Coats” project was an idea of Hope House.
“It may seem small, a coat with a note inside, but I promise you this means more than you can imagine,” said Chaz Butler, coordinator with Hope House. “Most of our women come to us with the clothes on their backs. This winter will be cold, so we are excited all our women will be clothed with a coat that will keep them cozy all winter.”
Hope House has helped 2,000 women and their families since 1992, helping about 100 women daily.
“What makes the nonprofit unique is that it allows women to live on the campus with their children during recovery,” said Kim Grimes, development coordinator for Hope House.