Hope House in Lancaster County closed for now

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 30, 2013 5:00 AM

(Harrisburg ) -- The future for a care facility in a Lancaster County township owned by Catholic Charities is up in the air.

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The Hope House in Manheim Township sits empty as leaders at the charity try to figure out what to do with it next.

It's situated in a neighborhood in the township, and can accommodate up to 8 adults at a time.

Since 1993, it helped those with HIV/AIDS to make it through daily life, taking them to doctor's appointments, monitoring their condition, and offering other support services.

Mark Totaro, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg, says they're looking for something that would last long-term.

"Who would've thought that 20 years ago in 1993 when we went into the AIDS business, that we would outlast it? It's impossible to think something like that."

He says he hopes neighbors will accomodate whatever comes next.

"I think we've been a good corporate neighbor and fit in the community. I think they got to see that we are good people, we try to do good work, and we don't try to upset any communities or individuals or anything else"

Totaro says they're also watching federal and state grants in figuring out a future program, and want to make sure it would be a good fit for the community.

Totaro didn't put a timetable on a decision.

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