In 1995, a 501C3 corporation was formed to provide a safe meeting place for members attending 12-step programs. The tenants at 1303 N. Walnut include Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Alateen and Narcotics Anonymous organizations. The by-laws established that the corporation be governed by eight elected directors, and at the July 7, 2007 special-called meeting, the membership voted to extend the eligibility of directors to the general public. The board members are elected by the general membership in an annual meeting in December. Each year four directors are elected by the general membership to serve a two-year term for the best interest of the corporation. The general membership meeting of the Heart of Texas Hope House was held on Monday, December 3, 2007. Elected to the board were Brian Wiggins, Fabian Reyes, Wally Webb and Georgia Ramsey. These newly-elected members will serve with the current directors, Richard Lane, Elaine Reinhard, Jackie Knight and Lynn Shackleford. At the January quarterly meetings, officers are elected from the eight directors to conduct business for the corporation. Elected at the Jan. 7 meeting were Georgia Ramsey, chairman; Fabian Reyes, vice chairman, Elaine Reinhard secretary and Jackie Knight, treasurer. The board maintains and improves the building so each group has ample space, safety and security to offer help for the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Funds to operate the business affairs of the corporation come from each tenant’s monthly rent, tax deductible donations, memorials and fundraisers. ‘We truly appreciate the donations and memorials that were made this past year,’ said Treasurer, Jackie Knight stated, “The Hope House and the directors are a viable part of the community and we pledge to continue to be of service to the community,’ said Mrs. Ramsey.