Business Beat: House of Hope Added to Device Business Beat

The House of Hope in Longview is expanding to provide improved services, especially for women with mental illness.

An emergency shelter for women and children at 3011 W. Marshall Ave has applied to the city of Longview for a 975-square-foot extension. Mickie Klotz, the shelter’s assistant manager, said it would consist of a “small reception office,” a bathroom, and five rooms where individual women would live temporarily. (The shelter otherwise provides dormitory-style sleeping on bunk beds for 44 women.)

“A lot of the women we hire don’t know them,” Klotz said, and shelter staff initially don’t know if they’re sick or have other problems.

Plans were originally launched to provide quarantine rooms during COVID-19, so that women who originally came to the shelter could be separated until they went through quarantine. The individual rooms will primarily address another need that the shelter saw: Women with mental health problems that could disturb other women in the shelter. The rooms will provide a place for these women until the shelter tries to find other services for them.

Klotz said the shelter has a number of women with mental illness. This is where Helen Johnson’s heart is, Klotz said, referring to the founder and CEO of the House of Hope. Mentally ill people have little opportunity to help, Klotz said.

“Our mentally ill people seem to be the ones who are lost,” Klotz said. “Nobody wants them and (Johnson) wants to take care of them.”

The value of the building permit is $ 300,000, according to city records, with RLM Enterprises in Longview listed as a general contractor.

Klotz said there was no timetable for completing the project due to supply and staffing issues.

Planned new apartments

New construction could come to Eastman Road in the former Crisman School area.

In March, local developer Denny Bowles received initial approval from the planning and land use commission for two land use planning applications. Applications must now go to the city council.

The first requirement was to rescue 5,756 acres at 2,453 and 2,455 N. Eastman Road, including the former Crisman School. The school, which served children in need of special educational services, began in 1969 as Windmere School. It has been closed since autumn 2020 due to funding problems and low participation due to the pandemic.

The second application would designate 7,467 acres of land at 2457 N. Eastman Road, next to Crisman Land, as a multi-family. This would allow Bowles to build the planned apartment complex. He told the planning and territorial commission that the specific details of the planned complex had not yet been determined. His company Selwob investments has real estate on the basis of a purchase agreement.

“For now, we plan to keep the building (Crisman School), but we’re not definitive,” Bowles told the planning and planning commission.

Marshall Chick-fil-A at the opening

Marshall News-Messenger reported that a second Chick-fil-A will open in the city on April 14. The first is on the campus of East Texas Baptist University.

Construction began in 2021 and the restaurant accepts job applications at

The restaurant is owned by David Snow.

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