The House of Hope of the Pee Dee hosted a double celebration honoring Jase Milbee and the community shelter’s service of 1,000 guests on Friday, June 1st. This event allowed those in the Florence community to commemorate Jase and House of Hope’s successes.
Twelve-year old Jase Milbee raised $10,000 for the completion of the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter’s playground in December 2017.
This is the third year that Jase has raised funds for the House of Hope of the Pee Dee. Last year, he raised between $700 and $800 for the indoor playroom at the House of Hope’s Women’s Shelter that was on Darlington Street. Last summer, women and their children were relocated to the Courtney Graham Center. The funds were used for a big TV, chairs, games and toys.
Jase’s first desire was to raise funds to purchase mulch material for the outdoor play area on Darlington Street, but due to insurance regulations that was not feasible.
So, this year when Jase’s father, a friend of House of Hope’s executive director Bryan Braddock, was told about the needs for the the new playground, Jase was excited and ready to get busy seeking donations.
Jase’s goal became a reality. On June 1 there was a ribbon cutting celebration for the completed playground. In recognition of Jase’s hard work and contributions, House of Hope named the playground “Jase’s Junction.”
The playground features a colorful train mural by local artist Lynn Bennett, whose work is featured all around Florence, and several exciting play sets for kids to enjoy. Lynn is a native of Florence and has painted murals in churches, restaurants, schools and homes over the last 24 years.
House of Hope also honored their own accomplishments as the community shelter has now served over 1,000 men, women and children since its opening in October of 2016, offering shelter, food and counseling.
The celebration took place at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter at 535 S. Church Street.
This event was an opportunity to not only see the playground, but to tour the entire facility.
For more information about the event, visit the website http://www.hofh. org or visit the Facebook page at House of Hope of the Pee Dee.