More than 20 agency leaders gathered Monday to network and share information about their organizations.

Jonathan Haywood of Star Group—Veterans Helping Veterans said a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be conducted as part of Chamber Business After Hours on Feb. 27 to show off the organization’s newly-renovated facility.

“We were given the old police station to lease for $1 a year for two years. We are excited to show it off,” Haywood said.

Mayor Pro-tem Frank Sefford represented the city of Copperas Cove at the meeting and said allowing VHV to use the building was the right decision.

“We didn’t want it to become an albatross. Like anything else, if you don’t do something with it, it won’t last,” Sefford said.

Bring Everyone into the Zone is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The organization recently started offering peer-to-peer support workshops for veterans and support classes for caregivers in Cove at both the American Legion and VFW.

“We have trained more than 800 people,” Director Maureen Jouett said. “We have very little money today and are always looking for grants.”

The YMCA is offering free membership in January and tutoring is available for students of any age and for any subject from 6 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, said Family Center Director Doreen Vasseur.

Copperas Cove resident John Valentine, owner of Operation Phantom Support, formerly Operation Once in a Lifetime, hopes to move his operation from Killeen to Cove.

“I’ve been looking at the old H-E-B to figure out how I am going to do this. I need that much space because that’s how big my food pantry’s going to grow,” Valentine said.

Operation Phantom Support currently feeds 600 families every week.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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