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Chief chips in to help HOPE with cabinets
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Hope Ministries on South Union Road will be getting a renovation to its kitchen soon due to a $5,000 donation from the Manteca Police Chief’s Association.
Manteca Chief Nick Obligacion presented the check to Ron Laffranchi and Cecily Ballungay Wednesday morning at the weekly Manteca Chamber of Commerce Coffee held at the CAPS school at Austin Road and Yosemite Avenue.  Laffranchi is a board member and Ballungay is the interim director.
Ballungay said the money is making it possible to refurbish the kitchen cabinets and to provide new counters. 
New flooring is slated for the kitchen upgrade as is the repair of plumbing that has suffered several leaking problems.  The walls are being painted an eggshell color rather than a stark white.
Hope Ministries operates the Raymus House in the 500 block of Union Road where numerous homeless mothers and their children have found a welcome home away from home.  The director said that any additional donations that the public might make could increase the amount of improvements possible to their kitchen.
She said once the kitchen project is completed, Hope Ministries will turn its attention to upgrading the dining room which is badly in need of an improvement as well.