Public presentation planned for fall.

The Pratt County Ministerial Alliance is continuing with plans to establish a Hope Center to coordinate services to local people in need.

Representatives from city, county, school, church, health and other support organizations attended a recent dinner and presentation from Hope Center of Pratt, Ks. Many pastors attended who represent churches throughout the Pratt area and have committed to supporting the Hope Center through involvement and finances. To date, 18 churches have pledged support.

The Rev. Scott Powell, of Abundant Harvest Church of the Nazarene, presented the vision of the Hope Center to over 50 resource group representatives. Scenarios of common situations helped to capture the concept of a unified, coordinated, and partnered approach to helping families and individuals in our community.

The group is in the process of filing for 501c3 non-profit status. Funds have been received from memorials, churches and donations.

"There is, as always, some start up costs that funds are needed we very much appreciate those who have begun to give," Powell said. "And we could certainly use more help."

Anyone who is interested in making a financial donation or setting up a monthly commitment is asked to contact Powell at or by mail to Hope Center of Pratt, KS, P.O. Box 127, Pratt, KS 67124

The group is on target for organization, Powell said. A job description is being established for the director, Hope Center parameters and mission statement is being developed, and work is ongoing to determine a location for the facility and to finalize paperwork. A board of directors has been selected.

Plans are being made to present to program to the public, in the form of a banquet gala, in the early fall.