Susan and Rodney Henry and Kellie and Rogers Pope Jr., co-chairs of the Shining Hope Longview Campaign, have announced 11 local couples to serve as campaign council members in support of the recently announced $6 million campaign to  expand Buckner International ministries in Longview.
Joining the Henrys and Popes on the council are: Karen and Bob Anderson, Michele and John Black, Paige and Jay Chastain, Krista and Dan Darr, Linda and Ken Hall, Laura and Randy Martin, Marcia and Stephen McDaniel, Tiffani and Trey Patterson, Margaret Ann and Tom Stone, Renee and Scott Ward and Patti and Jim Wright.
“We are excited to have these friends of Buckner join the campaign council,” Susan Henry said. “They are passionate and driven individuals who have a heart for the Longview community.”
The council members will aid in fundraising efforts for the campaign and serve as advocates for local Buckner ministries. “This council is devoted to the redemptive ministries Buckner has in Longview and is enthusiastic to be involved with a campaign that will transform lives,” Rogers Pope Jr. said.
The campaign is organizing to raise the $6 million needed to fund the project, which will include a new campus at 1102 S. High Street on nearly four acres of land purchased earlier this year.  The initial $2 million has been given by an anonymous donor.
Plans for the campus, which were unveiled last month, include building 17 new apartments for the Family Place ministry, a transitional housing program for single parents and their children. The new Family Hope Center replaces the current program in Longview located across from First Baptist Church.
The Buckner Family Hope Center in Longview currently assists vulnerable families through client assistance, life skills training and sustainability services. The new Family Hope Center is approximately 10,000 square feet and will have a computer lab, multi-purpose rooms, classrooms and office space for Buckner Children and Family Services of Longview.
The Buckner Family Place program started in Lufkin, Texas, in 1997 and is designed to “empower single parents and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and preserve families by encouraging education.” The Longview program is working with Kilgore College, where the residents will attend classes. Services offered at Family Place include affordable housing, education support, case management, counseling, life skill classes, transportation and spiritual development. The 17 apartments in Longview will include a combination of two- and three-bedroom units. Buckner currently operates Family Place programs in seven Texas cities.