When the pandemic shuttered schools and brought new challenges, the center answered by coordinating donations and responding to needs. Hurlburt became executive director not long after.
Before the pandemic, the nonprofit center was happy to provide food to one family per week. Now they typically serve 25 to 50 families, Hurlburt said.
In addition, the center offers support groups, life skills education, social services assistance, clothing drives, school supplies, holiday help and more. A “birthday wishes” program created by Hurlburt allows clients in need to sign up their child to receive a gift purchased by a community member and a cupcake from a local bakery
The center serves about 200 families in the community in some way, she said.
Hurlburt said the center’s success has been a team effort, with help from partnerships and volunteers who donate both items and hundreds of hours of their time.
“If we did not have this community support, we would not be here,” Hurlburt said.