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A ray of hope at the Center of Hope

Organization opens doors after winter storm

Center of Hope staffers Steve Houghton, Ryan Harding, and Korbin Key dish out lunch at the organization’s Foster Street location Wednesday, Nov. 2. Since all of the center’s day-hab programs are equipped with kitchens, they have been offering the amenities to clients and their families, and employees who are without power after last weekend’s snowstorm. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
November 03, 2011
Since the massive power outages caused by last weekend's freak snowstorm, most local residents have been roughing it — piling on blankets to keep warm, getting around by flashlight, and ordering takeout for dinner.

It's been tough, but bearable.

But for people living with disabilities, having to go days without power can pose more serious issues.

"Some of these folks really rely on power, they need it," said Center of Hope Director of Programs Rachel Reyes. She explained that the more than 600 clients with varying degrees of disabilities throughout Worcester County and northern Connecticut that the non-profit day-habilitation program serves often have medical needs that require access to electricity.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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