Members of the Hagerstown community gathered for the ribbon cutting of Bester Community of Hope’s newest location.

The nonprofit is an initiative of San Mar Inc., and was made with the intent of cultivating the well-being of the children and families in the Bester Elementary School neighborhood in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The new home of the nonprofit sits on 356 Mill Street, right across the road from Bester Elementary School.

“In early 2014, we started talking about what can we do to prevent a lot of the things that kids were experiencing,” said Jen Younker, director for Bester Community of Hope. “And so through the guidance of a lot of leaders in the field, we were able to start this initiative here in Hagerstown in supporting families, focusing primarily in the south end.”

Bester Community of Hope plans on starting an after-school program at E. Russell Hicks middle school next school year.