Hope House latest to use Pepsi grant program

Officials with Hope House are giving residents an easy way to help fund an expanded residential treatment center for troubled girls.

Hope House is a community-based, 13-bed group treatment home for girls between the ages of 12-18, with emotional and behavioral problems. The program provides a structured living environment in which girls are encouraged to resolve problems through individual, group and family treatment. 

The program is overseen by Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan, Inc.

Hope House officials are working on a number of funding opportunities to successfully complete a move to the former ACC East Campus building.  The relocation will allow the facility to expand from 13 to 15 girls, and will feature an 8 bed unit for abused and neglected girls and a better layout of the living and treatment space.

Beginning today, anyone can vote to support a $250,000 Pepsi Grant for the Hope House project.  Pepsi has been awarding grants of various denominations in numerous categories to community-based projects or ideas.  The more votes the Hope House project receives, the better chance it has to win the $250,000 grant. 

To register to vote, visit www.refresheverything.com

The contest continues through July and residents can vote each day for the Hope House project. 

If everything goes according to plan, the new facility will be ready for business in 2011.