STOW — Girl Scout cookies provided a sweet treat for those attending an adult day center June 15.

Girl Scouts sell cookies, but some customers donate their boxes. Troop 90293 in Stow distributed those boxes of cookies to adults who attended the REM Ohio day center on Call Road.

The Hope Homes Foundation, which is celebrating 55 years as a housing ministry for people with disabilities, hosted the “milk and cookies” afternoon with REM Ohio day center participants.

The Girl Scouts leaders included Kara Harper, Annie Schauffler and Danielle Klush, along with Girl Scouts Maritza Harper, 13; Clara Schauffler, 13; Taryn Daniels, 12; Allison Foster, 13; Zoe Bailey, 13; Eva Klush, 13; and Kelly Gallagher, 13.

They served cookies and drinks to the 18 adults at the center and afterward talked and played games with them.

Each year Troop 90293 chooses a charity to share their donated cookies with, Kara Harper said. Last year it was the VA Hospital in Cleveland.

“The girls choose the charity,” Kara said. “We try to do a local charity. The girls learn how the organizations work in the community, and it exposes them to a place where they can volunteer. It opens them up to different opportunities.”

Girl Scout Troop 90293 sold 1,200 boxes this year and 60 were designated for donation, Kara said.

“When people order, they have an option to donate a box to charity,” Kara said.

Marianne Senvisky, business development manager for Hope Homes Foundation, said they have 17 properties in Summit, Stark, Wayne and Warren counties in Ohio. The Hope Center in Stow leases space to two separate day center providers and houses the administration offices.

Hope Center has 97 percent occupancy rate for its 59 resident openings.

Hope Center tenants REM Ohio and People First Day Program and Transportation serves about 40 to 50 individuals with disabilities.

Visitors can join Hope Center’s Food Truck Round-Up Aug. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2300 Call Road on the corner of Stow Road for an evening of street food, music, prizes and fun. All proceeds benefit Hope Homes Foundation. Sponsorships and vendor tables are available at or 330-686-5342.

Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or