COTTAGE HILLS — Community Hope Center has announced Paul Militzer is the facility’s new executive director and Denise Ukena has been named assistant executive director.
Militzer comes to the center with years of pastoral and leadership experience. He was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich. After graduating from college, he was a social worker for Michigan for eight years. After graduating from seminary, Militzer served as pastor of Cherry Street Baptist Church in Alton for 16 years. He and his wife, Jacqueline, of Godfrey, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. They have a son, a daughter, and three granddaughters.
Denise formally joins the center’s staff after serving two years as a volunteer grant writer and assisting with program development at House of Hope. Prior to this, she taught English for nine years at Bond County High School in Greenville. Denise grew up in Bethalto and lives in Edwardsville with her husband, John, and two daughters.
The center has provided food and clothing to individuals and families in need since 1988. The center, 1201 Hope Center Lane in Cottage Hills, is open to serve clients Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.; donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, visit the center’s website, www.hopecenters.com.