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San Augustine community members make unique effort to help needy


A ramshackled frame house on San Augustine's main road is transformed into a place of learning.

It's the home of Project Hope where time is spent helping others pursue education.

"We do parents awareness seminars," said Howard Watts, the board chairman and manager. "We do financial aid scholarships services, college fair, career days. We do all these different type of things to try to reconnect with kids."

The San Augustine Community Club Educational Initiative is making a difference. Volunteers work hand and hand with Job Corps, a US Department of Labor Program.

"We have nine sign up in the Job Corps right now and we've sent three off," Watts said.

There's also a college "GO" program. This is the first non-church affiliated GO center in the state.

DETCOG provides computers and furniture. Events like this past weekend's hope spring break classic helps out too. Twelve hours of basketball rolls in necessary funding.

"Eight teams represented from the surrounding area which included Nacogdoches, Shelbyville, San Augustine and we had over 300 people," said Pamela Rogers, the project director.

Volunteers and sponsors are growing.

Every bit helps with the goal of building a better tomorrow.

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