A shelter for homeless women and children in Cottage Hills is hoping to develop a green thumb. The House of Hope, which is a ministry of the Community Hope Center, will be planting a community garden to help grow ingredients for its soup kitchen, and to help volunteers gain valuable experience and job skills.

House of Hope Executive Director Dani Robinette says this is a great opportunity to add nutrition to their client's diets while serving a greater purpose.

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Robinette says the garden was made possible through an anonymous gift that came through the Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton. There are 11 acres adjacent to the House of Hope and Community Hope Center that will be used for the garden. For more information on how to help, call 259-0959 extension 226.

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