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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health

Mission: To assist all at-risk individuals and their families in achieving positive personal growth and community assimilation…To make professional counseling and vocational guidance affordable and available to ALL who need and desire services.

Results: In 2014 HUGS’ 23 volunteer counselors provided over 11,000 hours of Direct Services for 551 clients. Services have more than doubled since last year 15,676 Non-Direct Services were provided. These consist of initial contacts, phone calls, referrals, free consultations, diversion, agency correspondence with case workers and probation officers, and follow-up consultations 2,500 hrs were donated by non-clinical volunteers

Target demographics: low income adults and disadvantaged children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 215 clients

Geographic areas served: Savannah, Georgia

Programs: Professional Counseling (individual & group) and Vocational Guidance (Ready-2-Work Programs).

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

For as long as I can remember I was looking for love,I am 55 years old. I came through the doors of this phenomenal spiritually filled healing station and I found it. I have a history of physical,mental,emotional and spiritual abuse. I had the unfortunate inception of encountering these deterrents at the tender age of three. My need to seek acceptance of someone or something to ease my wounded mind,body and soul led me on a forty year love affair with cocaine (crack and powder). The rampant devastation's (bipolar depression,co-dependence,PTSD,anxiety disorder) of this fractured demonic lover led me in and out of prison four times and numerous hospitalizations and rehabilitation programs. The most crucial integral part of this terror filled liaison was I always has a desire to die rather than continue to keep failing at life as this cycle of viciousness had left me over and over. Ten months ago I walked through these doors and met a former staff member from a past failed rehab attempt at another facility. We were both surprised to see each other, she assured me I was in the right place and someone would take care of me. To hear those words coming from her I felt a sigh of relief, because she had been a ram in the bush so many times before. The moment I met Ms. Beverly something inside of me said please do not let me fail this time Lord- because I am TIRED!!!!. My beginning was sketchy because I was afraid of change,truth and trust. The time I have spent in every IOP group ,one-on-one session and family group session has given me the freedom to delve into myself. Intensely and profoundly I discovered my true self as a child, a loving beautiful woman, devoted caring mother , grandmother,mate,sister and friend. I faced so many obstacles these last ten months and with each one I ran into the arms of HUGS for the embrace I needed to forge ahead. I have the mos:t wonderful news to tell about HUGS and Ms. Beverly, they are a poignant example of ,Isaiah 58:9-12,"Repairer of the Breach" I will return to S.S.U. next week after ten years of being out of school. Thank the Lord for HUGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HUGS has been a Godsend to me! Over the last ten months, I have experienced much growth and a peace level that is truly amazing. Andrea is a Godly, caring, compassionate, insightful counselor who has provided me with a new perspective on my life issues. HUGS has made a huge difference in my life. Thank you, Andrea & the HUGS staff, for the outstanding services you provide. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For over 3 years, HUGS with Andrea Epting has professionally and personally helped our family overcome life changing struggles, heal and guide us forward to a positive, healthier, happier lifestyle.
HUGS services has made a beautiful difference by improving and enriching my life, my family, and so many others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HUGS is such a huge blessing to me and to Savannah. The staff and volunteers are always so nice and help you with whatever you need. Andrea Epting is an amazing counselor who has changed my life over the past 3 years. She is genuine, compassionate, patient, and truly cares about her clients. I am so grateful for all she and HUGS has done for me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HUGS is an incredible nonprofit organization that provides professional services to those in need throughout Savannah and its surrounding areas. Speaking from personal experience, I have been using their counseling services over the past year and a half and it has completely changed my life for the better. The staff and volunteers are some of the most compassionate, loving, and sincere people I have ever met. I tell everyone I know about HUGS and highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of help. Thank you, HUGS, for all you have done for me and all the other lives you have changed over the years!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot behind to tell you how much of an impact on my life HUGS has made. Andrea has gotten me through the last year and a half. My granddaughter has gained so much through HUGS too. The program and counsellors are a godsend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely love Andrea Epting. She is by far the best counsellor I've ever had! Very personable, caring, uplifting and inspiring me to be a better me, stronger me and her dedication to work and people sets a great example to me and many others I'm sure as well! She always puts,God in the center and that makes it that much more valuable to me!! I recommend HUGS to all striluggling and seeking help. God bless!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HUGS = Altruism at its finest
Their counselors exceeded my expectations. I never dreamt I would benefit from any form of therapy; especially, at an affordable rate. This nonprofit is a blessing to Savannah and others should follow their lead.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people are the nicest I've ever known. They treat me with respect.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Several of the counselors here have helped me and my family to function better and to become stronger and happier. They provide a resource that we otherwise would not have been able to access.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Could not think more highly of Andrea Epting and ALL she does for our community.