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Helping Hands of Summit County Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews 1,181

Address:

1363 Girard St ms. Phyllis M Byrd Akron OH 44301 USA

Mission:

To help the less fortunate that God puts in my path, and give them a way out of poverty/sickness and by giving them a hand UP (not out), the charity gives HOPE and dignity.

Results:

"David's House" ( a project of the charity), has seen many youths come into a SAFE home, ending the cycle of being on the streets and dropping out of school and ending up in our prisons, or on drugs/alcohol and worse: death.

Target demographics:

women, children, the elderly and disabled

Direct beneficiaries per year:

600 individuals or families

Geographic areas served:

N.E. ohio, primarily summit county

Programs:

"David's House, "Cribs 4 Babies", Holiday 'Adopt-a-Family', those chronically ill, those who do NOT have the resources or capacity to help themselves, the charity provides opportunities for them to help theirselves, , or those experiencing a traumatic or LIFE-CHANGING event. '

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330-773-7731
www.helpinghands-sc.org

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Reviews for Helping Hands of Summit County Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

Ms. Phyllis has helped me on several occasions in the 10 years i have known her, sometimes by just listening and helping me find the right direction/path to life's many twists and turns. Thank you for taking your time to help others, many of the services or programs you educated me about had a huge impact in my life, and allowed me to grow and help myself.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Helping hands donated laundry baskets full of Christmas gifts and made many children smile! Thank you to their team of helpers. God bless this organization!

 
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I have know of this nonprofit organization for years, it's wonderful.she dose so much for so many people,fund raising like car washes to get cribs for baby's that wouldn't have one,the elder and woman's who need apt or things to wear,they would be homeless if not for this so so many things,Its a Wonderful organization. Thanks
Renee Schucker

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I recently became acquainted with this charity through a friend. Having worked with a non-profit for 24 years I was very impressed with the help they give to the needy of the community. They help individuals and families of all ages with emergency food, shelter, and clothing and set them up with the proper agencies. The director takes money out of her own pocket when funds run short. Many are helped back up because of the directors' efforts. At this time she is trying to keep a family in a motel near Cleveland so that the mother can get chemo from The Cleveland Clinic. The father is out of work, and the mothers' brother, who is severely mentally disabled, lives with them. She has a Stage One brain tumor which may be successfully treated. They now have no home to go back to so the director is trying to find low-income housing for them. That is just one of the many families she helps.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am like so many others living from one pay to another. Car hit me head-on..no more paychecks. Landlord was nice for a minute, then started talking 3 -day eviction. My kids looking at me for school clothes and don't want to move out of the only home they ever knew and their friend too...I heard of Helping Hands and called...ms. Phyllis talked with me a long time and I hung up with HOPE and a sense of direction...With donations she received I applied for help and got caught up on my house, and training to re-invent myself in a new job field. She believed in me and my family and gave me a purpose...please just help Phyllis Byrd help others like me...

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Hello all you people out there struggling with a dependency or addicted to ANYTHING...there is HOPE and a little lady over at HELPING HANDS helped provide me with that hope. Now, I'm not usually a street corner kind of guy. Actually very good at a trade, plumbing to be exact. Had my own business, newer truck, nice family. Long story short-got none of that in my life any more...So, I reached out on a recent holiday to ms. Phyllis and she found me shelter and food (hadn't ate in 2 days) , some help for what I liked way too much...and now I'm going to start a job Tuesday! matt

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello...It's a sad story I have to tell, but good as far as the kind help I got. I called ms. Phyllis w/Helping Hands, inc and reached out to her as I didn't know where to turn...My daughter had a baby who died at 11 months and we had no insurance or money to bury the baby girl. Ms. Phyllis kindly referred me to a program the city of akron had to pay for a burial for indigent families...thank God there are places for help and people like Phyllis Byrd and her small but amazing charity. She finds a way to get it done...please help her help others like my family...mrs. sarah and daughter, annie and baby bella

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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My name is Porche Echols and I'm a young mother of two. When I was introduced to Phyllis Byrd by her daughter I was pregnant and homeless at the time. She was a good lister and adviser in my time of need. I do believe that had I been more active with her she would've been a big provider of other things I needed. Thanks for listening and being there when I needed a friend Phyllis.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

During the holiday season in 2016, my family decided to forego giving gifts to each other so that we could provide Christmas for a family that may not otherwise have the means. I wanted to work with an organization that would allow for my family to sponsor an entire family. Phyllis identified two families, obtained a wish list from each family member. We purchased gifts, boxes, wrapping paper, tape, tissue, etc. We wrapped the gifts for the adult members of the family. The kids gifts were placed in a box with the all the trimmings so that the parents could see the gifts, wrap them and participate in providing for their children. The names of the families were not provided and we chose to donate anonymously. It was one of the best experiences and we hope to help out again this year.

I love the mission/vision of this organization. This is an organization that helps those who want to help themselves. Every person experiences rough times in life and this beautiful organization provides the resources for change. Phyllis works tirelessly to preserve the dignity of the recipients of her work. Highly recommended.

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I am a cancer survivor, who lost my business, my home and most of my personal belongings. I was so fortunate that Phyllis Byrd was put in my life. She helped me secure affordable housing, helped me with furniture, and most importantly helped me get back on my feet by connecting me with people that had side jobs so i could support myself and keep my home. I am proud to say those side jobs lead me to start my own business and i have continued to heal emotionally, & financially. thanks for believing in me, and giving me a chance to restart my life.

 
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