Helms Career Center becomes Station of Hope
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – There’s a new “Station of Hope” in downtown Macon.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Goodwill’s Helms Career Center, located at 240 Broadway, to designate the facility as a brand new Healing Communities Station of Hope.
Healing Communities is a ministerial and outreach support group aimed at helping men and women who are at risk, or who have returned from, a stint in jail or prison. The program falls under Georgia’s Department of Community Supervision.
Former inmate Anthony Ponder is now considered a returning citizen, and spoke at the event as a testimonial to the positive reach social programs such as Healing Communities can have on those who have lost their way.
“They’ve been encouraging me a lot, they’ve been giving me a lot of direction,” Ponder said. “Gives me hope. Makes me want to do better.”
Ponder went on to say he wouldn’t be sure where he’d be without the help from others, “Possibly, I wouldn’t be here alive. Because I’d be back out there on the streets drinking, drugging… criminal activity. But it’s such a positive influence, these people, this program. It’s amazing.”
Ponder said he wants to repay the community by performing his own outreach in order to help other individuals like himself.
The Helms Career Center opened in 2014, and is affiliated with Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia.