The Talkingtons and the Hope Center
Mature Living in the Southeast Magazine
by Mary Ann Ellis
From the very inception of the Hope Center, the main focus has been giving opportunity to at-risk children. So many children suffer because of choices someone else made. Consider a girl who lives with lots of people in a rented trailer and doesn’t even have a bed to sleep in at night. In the faint pre-dawn light, she rises and digs through the dirty laundry on the floor to finds the cleanest of her dirty clothes. There may be running water or there may not be that particular day, but she does what she can and goes outside to meet the bus to go to school. Once at school, the other children laugh at her, but she’s there nonetheless. This child and others like her are the core of the Hope Center.
Vernon and Angie Talkington started the …