Helping Hand Home for Children

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 3804 Avenue B Austin TX 78751 USA

Mission: The mission of Helping Hand Home for Children is to provide a therapeutic home for children and to restore each child to a healthy family setting.
Results: Since 2003, 83% of the children who receive therapy have moved to a less restrictive setting, either into a foster home or adoptive family.
Target demographics: HHH’s Residential Treatment Center (RTC) provides 24-hour care for up to 41 severely abused children ages 4-13 from across the state of Texas. The Child Placing Agency provides therapeutic foster care approximately 35 foster children ages 0 to 18 years old.
Direct beneficiaries per year: On average 130 children a year are served by Helping Hand Home for Children.
Geographic areas served: State of Texas
Programs: The oldest continuously operating residential childcare agency in Travis County, HHH provides the full spectrum of residential childcare services for children. The children receive comprehensive treatment including life skills education, behavior intervention, psychotherapy, psychiatric care, education services, therapeutic recreation, and medical care. In 1995 Helping Hand Home’s Child Placing Agency began providing therapeutic foster care services and adoption services. In 2008 the Helping Hand Home Charter School opened its doors and began providing on-site specialized education services for up to 24 of HHH's children.
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Rating: 5 stars  

It's always sunny at the Helping Hands Home for Children! It's filled to the brim with positive energy, which emulates from staff, volunteers, and the children!

It's unforunate that a loving family isn't a birth right, but love is abundant for these children at this organization. They have homework help, get to take classes taught by volunteers, are read bedtime stories (something I personally feel makes all the difference in a child's education and, on the grander scale, their life) and the kids are even taken on field trips around the community. It's important to have a strong sense of community and a strong foundation in education, and the children receive both thanks to staff and volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm unsure how to answer this question

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

I'd like to go on more outing with the children

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been lucky enough to volunteer at HHH for 6 months and plan to continue it for many more. I love that I am able to be the calming voice at the end of a sometimes hectic day as I read bedtime stories to individual children. The staff cares intensely about the well-being of these kids, and I'm glad to be a part of their support network. Not only do I (hopefully!) help the kids, it helps me, too. I work as a nanny, and it often strikes me as surreal that despite the often horrific backgrounds these kids come from, they, just like the kids I take care of, really look forward to and enjoy something as simple as stories at bedtime. The children are always excited to see me, and I love getting the chance to end my day in such a positive way. I look forward to many more pleas of "one more story" and "read it again!"

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization every time I've gone to read. The kids recognize me, we are able to build a relationship, and they look forward to having a reader.

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

not change anything!

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Rating: 5 stars  

HHH really is a healing place for these special children. I have only been volunteering there for a few months, but already I see what a wonderful environment it is for the children. The staff are all well trained, professional, and friendly. It's a great place to get involved by donating your time or money!

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Each week, it is easy to see how much progress each child makes.

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

not change a thing

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Rating: 4 stars  

Helping Hand is great! I really appreciate the service they provide and how they go about it.

They have created a very positive and consistent environment for the kids they serve. I volunteer during activities and am always impressed with the various opportunities for growth and learning provided to the kids. For example, I love that they have 'specialists' come to offer the kids lessons on gymnastics, painting, performance art, etc.

When you see the kids having fun playing, learning and interacting with one another you know a very good service is being provided here!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I don't know what this question is asking.

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

Nothing comes to mind. I have volunteered there for a couple of months, so maybe after more time, I might have some thoughts for improvement.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the HHH for a couple of years now. And the program is wonderful. The children are worth the work. I see the staff working very hard to help the children. This organization is very special and really cares about what they do. I am proud to be a part of such a special group of people and children.

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I watch the children grow and develop. They want to get better and get back to 'normal' lives.

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

Expand the facilities and area avialable to the children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have very much enjoyed volunteering at Helping Hand Home for Children. The environment is warm and welcoming. The staff are friendly, helpful and wonderful. And the children, from my observations, appear very, very well cared for and glad to be there among these wonderful folks. I plan to continue to volunteer for as long as I can.

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I'm not sure what is meant by this question.

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

So far I haven't seen anything I would be doing differently.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Helping Hand Home has been one of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences I have ever had. I originally began volunteering there for extra credit for one my university classes, but have stayed because the kids there and staff are so great. I do bedtime reading once a week and I also play outside with the kids every Friday. Although getting to know the kids can be difficult at first, once they start recognizing you and open up, they really are wonderful and make you feel appreciated and that your volunteering has been worth while. The staff here are also very friendly and helpful and always thank volunteers for their time--HHH is great and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to volunteer in a unique place with amazing people and a great sense of community!

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my sense of involvement in the Austin community.

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

Hold more training sessions throughout the semester to recruit more volunteers

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer every week as a bedtime reader and have really valued the experience. It's great seeing the kids taken care of in a structured yet loving environment. The kids are wonderful.

As far as my experience as a volunteer, I've really loved having this unique volunteer experience - reading bedtime stories is a lot of fun!

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I spend one night a week with the kids and in addition reading them bedtime stories, I have a chance to talk to them before to go to bed and to get to know them a little better. I've been able to witness their development throughout the past year that I have been volunteering.

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

Recruit even more bedtime readers! I feel bad that I only get to read to 2 girls each night, when all 6 love being read to :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love volunteering at HHH. It's wonderful to see such a positive and consistent enviroment for the children. The interaction between staff and kids is very caring. To see the kids' positive changes as they've been at HHH is uplifting. I believe that due to several reasons: consistancy with the kids, positive reinforcement, accountability and responsibility - all done with love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I provide a cooking class to the kids every two weeks. In this class we learn how to measure, prepare foods, cleanliness, healthy choices, how to set a proper table and good table manners. The kids receive positive feedback and lots of praise. They love it! Both the cooking class and knowing they are doing a great job!

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

Make sure there were plenty of volunteers, never short staffed and funding for not only the basic needs of the child but for the arts as well. Exposing them to more opportunities and letting them experience art, music, nature, travel. Broaden there hope!

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