Neighbors helping neighbors is the East Texas way, and Organizations like Nacogdoches HOPE and Greater East Texas Community Action Program help showcase what makes the Pineywoods great.

The community action program — known best locally as GETCAP — and HOPE both have recent achievements to celebrate. GETCAP recently moved into its new home at 1712 South St., after years of expanding services and running out of room at its old space. HOPE this week launched its first Jo’s Diner, a soup kitchen named for benefactor Martha “Jo” Price who died in 2015. The kitchen is in HOPE’s headquarters than opened in 2018 at 2100 E Main St.

Both are milestones worth celebrating, and we applaud all the workers and volunteers who made these accomplishments possible.

Growing services from GETCAP and HOPE also highlight the amount of need in our community and in the region as a well.

GETCAP has grown over the past two decades from serving people in six East Texas counties to providing services for rural residents from the Beaumont-Port Arthur area on the Gulf Coast, north to Van Zandt County. They provide myriad programs from weatherization to Head Start education, and the need around the region is so great, that they hope to continue to grow.

HOPE is a local food pantry that moved into its new building partially in order to expand and open the soup kitchen. Jo’s Diner will also be a training ground for SFA social work students, HOPE board member and SFA professor Wilma Cordova said.

Now is our community’s chance to show these two agencies how much they mean to Nacogdoches. HOPE is seeking volunteers for Jo’s Diner and well as financial support. We encourage anyone who is able to volunteer and help make a difference in the life of your neighbors.

For more information about volunteering, contact Cordova at wcordova@sfasu.edu or 936-559-1801.

GETCAP is asking local residents to help fill a school busy with supplies as part of Project Supply our Schools on Aug. 9. The bus will be set up in front of Walmart, 4820 North St., to collect items that will be distributed to school districts across Nacogdoches County. Last year’s fundraising effort generated more than $16,000 in supplies and donations, and we’re certain our community can rally behind its children and do even more this year.

Whether you help one organization this summer or both, take the time and show your neighbors that you care about them and the organizations that bring them help.

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