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Network to provide free services

August 21, 1997

The Hope Foundation Associates Inc. will focus on crime victims and their needs, according to founders Jerry and Yong Pilkington.

All services of the Christ-centered network will be provided free to anyone who needs them, Jerry Pilkington says.

The network's mission includes:

* Providing compassion and friendship to victims, treating them with love, respect, dignity and courtesy

* Offering emergency aid, monetary relief and grants to assist victims

* Giving therapeutic, psychological, legal and other professional counseling from volunteers

* Providing immediate advocacy support

* Publishing informational pamphlets and texts

* Implementing a "court companion" program to accompany victims and assist during the trials of offenders

* Assisting in the preparation of victim impact statements

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* Providing educational forums and presentations from religious, professional, legal, judicial and elected officials

* Proposing and supporting crime legislation

* Establishing a Court Watch program

A counselor proficient in sign language will be available.

The group will meet at Fort Detrick Chapel in Frederick, Md. The chapel is in Building 1776, which is one-half mile on the left after entering the main gate from Seventh Street.

Meetings are one Friday night each month from 7 to 9 p.m. For meeting dates, call Jerry Pilkington at 1-301-620-9499.

Because the network is in its beginning stages, financial support and prayers are needed, Jerry Pilkington says.

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For information, call Pilkington or write to The Hope Foundation Associates Inc., 3760 Maplecrest Drive, Knoxville, Md. 21758.

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