TOURING NEW WIC OFFICES: WIC director Jean Robbins, far left, speaks to visitors during the grand opening of the New Hope Services WIC Clinic in Hanover on Wednesday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
TOURING NEW WIC OFFICES: WIC director Jean Robbins, far left, speaks to visitors during the grand opening of the New Hope Services WIC Clinic in Hanover on Wednesday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
New Hope Services unveiled its new Women, Infants, and Children office in Hanover on Wednesday to community members and town representatives.

The office inside the Hanover Community Center, 200 Spruce Lane, officially opened for business this summer. New Hope took over the WIC services from Jefferson County in May after it was awarded a three-year bid from the state last year.

The organization, which is based out of Jeffersonville, was established 50 years ago and services 13 counties. New Hope began administering the WIC program 20 years ago.

"Jefferson County is the most recent county that we've added, and it's been the smoothest transition," Jean Robbins, New Hope's WIC director, said before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Robbins said the program has not skipped a beat since moving from the Jefferson County Health Department on the hilltop to Hanover.

"This has been a wonderful, wonderful, welcoming environment, and believe it or not, it doesn't appear that we've lost any clients with the move to Hanover," she said.

Robbins said the federally funded WIC program continued through the government shutdown, which began the first of October, because the state used overflow U.S. Department of Agriculture funds.

To use the Hanover Community Center, WIC has locked into a rental agreement with the town of Hanover.

The Hanover Town Council voted to remodel the building earlier this year to house New Hope. The rental contract with the company came after OVO moved out of the facility, leaving the town in need of a tenant.

Council President Debbie Kroger said the space was empty for five months while the council searched for a tenant to make up the loss in revenue.

"We wanted them here. We wanted this space and this building used," Kroger said. "This has worked out very well for us."

Members of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Hanover Town Council and local businesses attended the ceremony.

The office will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is closed on Wednesdays. The office number is (812) 273-3942.