HEADS-UP GUIDANCE SERVICES INC

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews 530

Issues: Crime & Law

Location: 706 Wheaton Street Savannah GA 31401 USA

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 2013 HUGS’ 11 volunteer counselors provided 3,655 Direct Services for 215 clients. 102 clients were served onsite (1,734 services); 113 clients were served offsite with community partners (1,921 services). 643 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 contacts. Total: 4,298 Clinical Services Clinical Volunteer Hours: 16,300 Other Volunteers Hours: 4,466
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).
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-0754097
912-507-8576
www.headsupsavannah.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

I accepted the board member invitaiton because I wanted to volunteer for a local charity that makes a difference in people's lives. I is very gratifying to know that all the monies are used localy to help local Savannahanians. I am on a few charity boards, and it is by FAR my most satisfying and inspring.

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An amazing non-profit organization that provides many services through its dedicated volunteers. Counseling, work readiness, gardening, and culinary are just a few of the many programs created to support the needs of the under-served members of our community. I volunteer for HUGS because I know it has changed lives for those who had no other resources and needed a "hand up" and not a "hand out."

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I have decided to start volunteering with Heads Up Guidance Services because they are in the business of changing lives and giving a hand up instead of a hand out. HUGS believe that everyone can have the opportunity to have a second chance if needed. As a volunteer I help to spread the message that there is always hope for a better life even after bad decisions. Therefore, I am so excited to be involved in the vision and mission of HUGS as we work together to change the fabric of our community one person at a time.

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I completed my graduate internship with HUGS, and now am volunteering as a professional counselor. This organization extends a hand-up to individuals who are usually cast aside by society (those suffering from addiction, homelessness, joblessness, emotional dysfunction, and so forth). As a counselor, I have first-hand experience as to how the work we do is critical and necessary to increasing the quality of life of those we serve. I volunteer my services to HUGS, because it is a benevolent organization.

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As a volunteer with Heads-Up Guidance Services, I have seen first handily the impact of our work within the Savannah community. Our outreach have impacted the lives of our local folks, and continues to do so on a daily basis. Persons who needed counseling services and can't afford to pay for such are helped by HUGS who provide these services free of cost.

I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great and most encouraging organization, whose main goal is to reach out to as many of our community folks as we can.

Evelyn m. Thomas, M.S.W.

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The entire staff at HUGS is dedicated to providing services to those most in need. Best of all the participants are a part of the process because they pay a minimal fee for services. They also have the opportunity to learn skills needed to be a contributing member of the community. There is a very positive feeling among clients, staff and volunteers.

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As a licensed professional counselor for all of my adult life, I have seen the huge need for counseling in our community. I worked with teens and their families and know that once they finished high school, their counseling needs did not necessarily go away. So many people could and would benefit from ongoing counseling, but most people are not able to pay for the counseling they need or feel it is not the priority purchase when it comes to their budgets. Those people who are homeless or addicted or in volatile family situations often are the ones who most need and never get counseling. How nice to have a local organization here to provide these services to those in special need. HUGS does great work in our community, and with ongoing support, will continue to "give a hand up" to those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more professional counselors to the staff

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Heads-Up guidance services has been a big part of my life and the lives of many people who need a hand up, Once their new facility is finish I will be the caretaker of that building. Andrea and the other members of their team, has effected my life in such a way that it is hard to express in words.

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I have watched this organization grow from its inception as the brain child of Andrea Epting and Ellen Bradley. These two dedicated women have consistently kept their focus on the goal of building an organization which lends "a hand UP" to members of our Savannah community, who are working hard to overcome the personal and professional obstacles in their lives.
I'm so very proud to be a part of this wonderful organization as a volunteer. I have pledged my time and financial resources to support their efforts.

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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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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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