SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - There's officially a new Friendship House in the Highland neighborhood.
The ribbon for the home was cut Friday morning.
This new Friendship House replaces a much smaller house in the Highland neighborhood, that was used more than 20 years. A Friendship House is like an oasis in a disadvantaged neighborhood, providing hope and encouragement to residents.
Sandra Simpson is the community coordinator for the Highland Friendship House. She said she's been waiting for a long time to get her new home.
"I cannot say thank you enough, to every person who's had any part in making this house possible," Simpson said. And how grateful I am for everything that everybody has done. It's taken a lot of people. So grateful. I wish could give each one of them a hug and tell them thank you."
Friendship Houses offer after-school programs for children and teens, educational programs, family events, service projects and much more.
It was funded in part by previous House for Hope campaigns.