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Beginning Monday February 1, 2021 Helping Hand of Hope will be working with the VITA Program. (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) to provide tax preparation for qualified families. This will be on Monday and Thursday from 6pm-8pm at our office at 6796 S. Wilson Road in Elizabethtown. No appointment needed.
The Helping Hand of Hope Board of Directors has named Hope Burke to be its new Executive Director.
Burke, the agency’s current Director of Community Relations, came to Helping Hand of Hope a year ago and has become very familiar with daily operations and the opportunities the agency has to minister to Hardin County.
“I firmly believe in what we do,” Burke said. “We are to be the hands and feet of Christ on this side of Heaven. I have walked in the footsteps of some of our clients so I understand their struggles. I’m looking forward to serving our Lord in this remarkable way.”
Burke has served as a hospice care nurse for Hands on Nursing and Milton Hersey Medical in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and spent time in other medical fields before coming to Kentucky for a family move.
“Hope’s background, her experience at Helping Hand of Hope and her compassionate heart will serve her well in this role,” Executive Director Search Committee Chair Neil Atcher said. “She will do amazing things because she is Christ-centered and will help the agency’s clients reach their potential.”
“I pray the agency can keep expanding its ministry opportunities,” Burke added. “Our staff is passionate about what we do and about coming to work to serve the Lord each day. We will continue the great work of Helping Hand of Hope and, hopefully, our clients will be the beneficiary.”
Burke is replacing Gary Bohannon as Helping Hand of Hope’s Executive Director. He is retiring at the end of October.
For those low-income families who prefer to participate in the more traditional Christmas Assistance program that Helping Hand of Hope has offered in the past, the Central Kentucky Rods and Machines Club has graciously agreed to “adopt” several children and deliver clothes, toys and food to their homes before Christmas. Low-income families not participating in Affordable Christmas can sign-up for the Central Kentucky Rods and Machines Christmas for Kids by coming to Helping Hand of Hope’s office at 6796 South Wilson Road in Elizabethtown. Sign-up for Central KY’s Rods and Machine’s Christmas program begins on Tuesday, October 15th. Sign-up hours are 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Check Helping Hand of Hope’s Facebook page for details and updates about signing up for the Central Kentucky Rods and Machines Christmas for Kids.
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Donated items can be dropped off at 6796 S. Wilson Rd. in Elizabethtown, Monday - Friday, 8 - noon or 1 - 4:30 p.m.
“It is not too early to start thinking about what to wear when school starts.”
This year, Helping Hand of Hope is not only making that decision easier, but is also offering students the opportunity to help other students who are less fortunate.
Kids with Heart is a summer fund-raising campaign for Helping Hand of Hope’s two children’s ministries – Beds for Children and Affordable Christmas. Beds for Children provides beds and other basic furniture for children in Hardin County who do not have a bed to sleep in. Affordable Christmas helps low-income by providing food and empowering families to purchase Christmas toys for children at an affordable price.
For a donation of $20 to Kids with Heart , a student will receive a specially-designed, solid color t-shirt with a positive message that is perfect for wearing on the first day of class (and any other school day). For an additional $2 donation, the student can receive a tie-dyed version of the t-shirt.
Youth groups at several local churches are participating in this effort and donations can be made through them. In addition, donations can be made using Paypal at the Helping Hand of Hope website: www.helpinghandofhope.org. Clicking the “Make a Donation” button will take you to a drop-down box where you can select “Kids with Heart t-shirt as your donation option. You can donate
I Visited Helping Hand of Hope
By Carla Williams
When men and women come into the office of Helping Hand of Hope in Elizabethtown, they’re almost always a little desperate. If they are there, something terrible is happening. Their utilities are overdue. Their landlord is threatening eviction. Their kids don’t have beds. Or, maybe, they’re just really hungry.
The staff and volunteers at Helping Hand of Hope have seen it all as they’ve served some of Hardin County’s most vulnerable citizens. They help in so many ways—job programs, emergency assistance, food boxes, new beds, Christmas generosity, and endlessly more.
Helping Hand of Hope exists to offer help and hope by providing compassionate service and support to meet emergency needs and provide partnerships to enable self-sustaining lifestyles. They accomplish this goal through grants and local partnerships with non-profits, churches, and generous individuals.
Dignity and Empowerment
There was a recurring theme throughout my day at Helping Hand of Hope. In everything they do, they’re constantly looking for ways to offer a hand up, and not just a hand out. While everyone gets knocked down from time to time, Helping Hand of Hope wants to employ methods that help people stand up, dust off, and stand stronger the next time. They’d love to see everyone who comes through their ministry connected with a local church and thriving personally, socially, and spiritually.
One of the ways they’re doing this is in how they approach Christmas. For years, Helping Hand of Hope had a program where families could adopt vulnerable kids and provide them with gifts, but last year they flipped the model. Specially identified families were invited to a local church, and while the kids had a fabulous Christmas program, the parents were able to choose numerous toys for just $10 per child. In this new program, the kids received gifts they’ll love, and the parents experienced the love of a local church and had the honor of providing for their families.
Helping Hand of Hope is also using this idea to provide beds for children in the community. The ministry works with the school system to identify children who are currently sleeping on the floor or a couch. For a minimal fee, Helping Hand of Hope will provide new bed frames, mattresses, linens, and pillows for all children in the household. They’ll also deliver and install the beds. In this small way, parents can provide for their children and the kids receive a sense of ownership and the vital sleep they need to thrive. Since this program launched earlier this year, Helping Hand of Hope has already provided almost 70 beds.
And for people struggling to find employment, Helping Hand of Hope is a strong advocate. They have a jobs program to match applicants with local businesses, even providing things like steel-toed boots or gas vouchers for the drive before paychecks start arriving. Through their program, every day they encourage, equip, and sustain men and women who are working hard to provide for their families.
Even with the food distribution, the Helping Hand of Hope team is evaluating how to use the process in a way that gives the client more control over their choices. Instead of handing them a pre-packaged box of miscellaneous foods once a month, the team is hoping to create more of a shopper experience where each family can choose the foods that match their needs and diet.
Calm and Kind
The day I visited Helping Hand of Hope was, quite honestly, chaos. Phone calls interrupted every conversation. A flood of people came through the doors, each needing something different and urgent. Emotions were flowing and the staff were all balancing countless tasks and relationships at once. Even I could feel the stress of the weight from that day.
But each person on staff was consistently kind and calm. Every interruption was met with patience and compassion. In the perfect storm of emotions, frustration, hopelessness, weariness, and fear, the Helping Hand of Hope staff members were an anchor of serenity. I watched in amazement as each tightly-wound client relaxed into relief simply from a gentle and unrattled interaction with the staff.
Though the staff spends their day hearing endless stories of hardship and woe, they know the people God brings to them are precious and valuable in His sight. So, they treat each person with dignity and respect, and they work tirelessly to help each one.
I sat in with one of the clients while she met with Sandy, a case manager for Helping Hand of Hope. The client was a hard-working certified nursing assistant who was a single mother to a teenaged son. Ongoing car trouble had affected her hours at work, and her water had been turned off four days before. She had a paycheck coming in that could cover the bill, but she wouldn’t get it before the water company closed for the long holiday weekend. She couldn’t cook, clean, or bathe at home, and she didn’t know where to turn.
While Sandy was on hold with the water company, she used that opportunity to encourage and celebrate this woman who was doing everything in her power to provide for her son. She worked hard, loved her patients, and sacrificed daily, but she just kept getting knocked down. When Sandy had paid the outstanding balance and received confirmation that the water would be back on later that day, the client sobbed in relief. We all held hands and prayed together, thanking God for His mercy toward each of us.
As the client was leaving, Sandy commented that she believed the woman could start her own home-health nursing agency one day. The client’s eyes lit up with excitement. It was as if no one had ever believed in her before or told her she was strong, capable, intelligent, and compassionate—all gifts God had clearly given her. She walked out of the building with the promise of running water and the reassurance that she was valuable and made with a purpose. She didn’t just get a bandage for an emergency, she received a spark of hope for her future.
As we talked between appointments, phone calls, food distribution, and drop-in emergencies, it was abundantly clear how much the staff at Helping Hand of Hope cares about the people they’re privileged to serve. They’ve all gone above and beyond to help their clients thrive. The staff genuinely loves their clients. It’s obvious in every conversation, interaction, and reflection.
There are great ideas for the future of Helping Hand of Hope. The staff dreams of more involvement in the everyday lives of their clients through training and equipping before the point of crisis. They want to see God change the trajectories of people’s lives and not simply meet their immediate needs.
Right now, one of the obstacles Helping Hand of Hope faces is a viewpoint that is often misguided and unkind toward the vulnerable families in their communities. The team would love to expand that understanding in churches, local non-profits, and with individuals. Whether it’s at their annual gala in November or through informal conversations, they’re always ready to explain the need and how Helping Hand of Hope is reaching a variety of struggling people in Hardin County.
When men and women come into the office at Helping Hand of Hope, they’re almost always a little desperate. But then they encounter the Christlike love of the staff and volunteers, and that makes all the difference.
- 94 unemployed people were placed in jobs.
- 113 families received rent assistance to prevent eviction and homelessness.
- 973 families received utility assistance.
- 1,766 families received food assistance from our food pantry.
- 136 people received temporary shelter.
- 861 children from low-income families received toys, clothing and food for Christmas.
I want to thank all of you who participated in yesterday’s KY Gives Day. Your response was overwhelming!
In all, we raised $5,500 - $900 more than the amount we raised in 2017.
Since we received the third largest amount in our region of Kentucky, we will receive an additional $100 from the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
These funds come at a critical time. In recent months we have seen a significant increase in the number of folks coming to our agency seeking assistance.
Because of your generosity, we can provide a lifeline to people who are facing eviction and homeless, families who are struggling to keep the lights on, and children who wonder where their next meal will come from.
Thank you again for your generous support of our ministry.
We are just a week away from one of the biggest non-profit events in Kentucky – KY Gives Day! All the donations we receive that day will help us provide emergency assistance (Food, Rent, Utilities) to families in need and help us launch our new program to provide beds and other home furnishings to kids in Hardin County who don’t have a bed to sleep in.
Sandy Rogers recently joined our HHH team as our newest case manager.
Sandy has worked at Surgical Specialists in Elizabethtown and is the past president of the Hardin County History Museum. She is a member of Grace Heartland Church.
Sandy enjoys expressing her Christian faith by helping those who are less fortunate.
She likes that she had the opportunity to a help a client recently with his utility bill while also connecting the client with nearby churches that could meet his and his son's spiritual needs
Rev. Chris Kiger, outreach minister at First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, is the newest member of the HHH Board.
Chris recently worked with Helping Hand of Hope to coordinate the Feed 123 project where HHH partnered with First Christian Church to provide Easter food baskets for 123 low-income seniors.
At the last Board meeting, Chris reported that one of the recipients of the food boxes had joined First Christian Church.
Work is underway to establish a Helping Hand of Hope Satellite Office at the Wesley Hilltop House at 1001 Skyline Drive in Elizabethtown.
The new location will make our services more accessible to our clients living in the Elizabethtown and Southern Hardin County area.
Office hours will initially be 9 AM - 2 PM, Tuesdays and Thursday.
Watch future newsletters for more information
“We’re continuing something God started about 2,000 years ago,” Walker said.
The construction of the new Helping Hand of Hope facility is set to begin after the organization hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the property at the intersection of Hutcherson Lane and South Wilson Road. The new building will consolidate its locations in Elizabethtown and Radcliff.
Executive Director David Dozer said the project came about with a lot of meetings and prayer.
“This is wonderful, historical day for Helping Hand of Hope,” he said.
The organization is in the midst of a capital campaign to fund the building, and Dozer said he hopes the building is fully paid for when it’s completed. The organization hopes the facility will be complete this fall, said John Wright, chairman of the Helping Hand of Hope Board of Directors.
The goal is to raise $900,000, and Dozer said the organization has raised almost $700,000. Wright thanked the community for the gifts to the project’s campaign.
“We appreciate all of your wonderful examples of Christian stewardship,” he said.
Bill Evans, co-chairman of the campaign, said speaking with people about funding this project has made a personal impact on him.
“Your generosity rubs off on me and makes me a better person,” he said.
Helping Hand of the Heartland was formed in 1972 by Dottie Hanson and the Elizabethtown Ministerial Association. North Hardin Hope was created 10 years later by the Radcliff Ministerial Association.
The two agencies merged in 2011. Helping Hand of Hope works with families in need of services such as income assistance and job readiness.
Those interested in donating to the project can call Helping Hand of Hope at (270) 769-3092.
This article was written by Kelly Cantrall and was published in the News Enterprise on Saturday June 8 ,2013.
Helping Hand of Hope has started its 2013 Capital Campaign.
The proceeds of this campaign will support us in making an important step in the future of our ministry.
Currently we are residing in two facilities, one in Elizabethtown, and another one in Radcliff. Our ministry is quickly outgrowing both places.
· Our Radcliff facility hosts GED classes. Because the number of applicants for these classes steadily increases our classroom is quickly becoming too small.
· The demand for Job Readiness Classes has increased significantly and there isn’t a suitable place to host these classes in either of our facilities.
· Our clients have a need for privacy when Helping Hand of Hope representatives assist them with the aid they need.
· Both facilities are in need for an expanded clothing room.
· Our ministry is currently paying a monthly lease of $2,000.00 for the Elizabethtown facility.
To meet the growing needs of the poorest in our community we will build a centrally-located building at the corner of Hutcherson Lane and S.Wilson Road in Radcliff, KY. This new building will enable us to solve many of the challenges we are currently facing.
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