Searching for Hope

The children arrive at the House of Hope at all hours of the day, torn from homes with violence, drugs, or uninhabitable filth. Some have witnessed unimaginable crimes; others have been ignored for days or weeks. Usually, all their clothing amd toys have been taken away, along with any impression of security.

In a sense, these children are lucky. Officials in Cumberland County, Tenn., a rural, mountainous area 60 miles west of Knoxville, sought to find them temporary shelter when methamphetamine brought an undercurrent of violence and turmoil to this region.

Today, House of hope provides meals, new clothing, toys, personal items, and comfort to any child removed from hi sor her home.

Like many small, rural communities across the country, Cumberland County's public service agencies were overwhelmed by methamphetamine, a homemade, highly addictive drug that has become increasaingly popular over the past decade. Cheap to produce -- it is made with common household and automotive supplies such as over-the-counter decongestants, rubbing alcohol, and drain cleaner -- meth has had devastating consequences for families from coast to coast.  

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