Helping Hand of Hope was formed from two Hardin County Christian social services agencies - North Hardin Hope and Helping Hand of the Heartland - that assisted clients in the northern and southern end of the county respectively.
North Hardin Hope was founded in 1982 by the Radcliff/North Hardin Ministerial Association to centralize the available resources for those needing emergency assistance in the northern end of Hardin County. Its signature event was the annual Christmas Tree program that provided toys for children and food for families in need during the holiday season. North Hardin Hope relied heavily on volunteers to provide services.
Helping Hand of the Heartland grew out of the work of Mrs. Dotty Hanson with the homeless and with individuals and families facing economic hardship. Mrs. Hanson opened the agency in 1970 and in 1974, the Elizabethtown Ministerial Association assumed sponsorship of the organization. Helping Hand served low-income individuals and families living in Elizabethtown and southern Hardin County. Like North Hardin Hope, Helping Hand of the Heartland had a Christmas Basket program that was its signature event.
In July 2011, the North Hardin Hope and Helping hand of the Heartland merged to form Helping Hand of Hope. This change reduced duplication of services and it enabled the organization to more effectively and efficiently use its resources to address the problems of poverty in Hardin County. In March of 2014, Helping Hand of Hope moved into its new facility located on South Wilson Road between Radcliff and Elizabethtown.
Helping Hand of Hope applies Christian values and principles to not only assist people with their emergency needs but also to empower them to use their abilities in ways that will help them to be more self-sustaining and less reliant on assistance from churches and agencies. Today, Helping Hand of Hope is touching countless lives in Hardin County and demonstrating the love that Christ has for all of us, especially the least among us.