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Helping Hand House

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Services

Mission: Helping Hand House is dedicated to ending and preventing family homelessness.

Results: Helping Hand House served nearly 260 families in 2011 who were homeless or on the brink of homelessness, including over 500 children.

Target demographics: homeless or nearly homeless families with children under 18, in Pierce County, WA.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 260 families

Geographic areas served: Pierce County, WA

Programs: Emergency Housing (up to 3 months), Transitional Housing (up to 24 months), Permanent Supportive Housing (case by case determination), Rapid-Rehousing (up to 18 months).

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jaime L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non-profit that helps families move forward!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent and forward thinking agency!!! They dont just meet the needs of families but help them develop their own path toward independence.

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Duke P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the way they serve families and treat them so well. They truly believe that homelessness is a symptom of the problems and that helping the individuals grow is what really ends the cycle of poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Helping Hands House is a wonderful nonprofit! As a volunteer I see how much they truly care about the families they help. Everyone is friendly, warm and excited about what their roles are, either as a colunteer or employee. Seeing this kind of commitment, from the directors down to the people that help with stocking food and toys, makes me very proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE Helping Hand House and supporting their efforts. This is a program that not only takes in/helps families in need but puts them into a program that supplies them with the tools to get on their own once again through financial planning, employment and healthy choices.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having my children join in as we helped Helping Hand House to create Easter baskets for families as well as household items was a wonderful way to open lines of communication about the power of giving and helping others. It allowed all of us to get that "We are all God's children and we need to help pull each other up when one of us is down" feeling. The people at Helping Hand House were wonderful. I think their work is extremely valuable to the folks they serve!

layywm44

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Volunteering with Helping Hand House I see the people working together, caring for the families they help. They give families the tools to move from surviving on the street to living in a home and getting back on their feet, so they can stay on their feet. Pierce County is Blessed to have Helping Hand House. I am updating my review. Recently Helping Hand House has laid off/fired some dedicated, loyal, overworked & underpaid employees. I do not see how they can still provide the outstanding services they were known for, therefore I do not consider them great, good but not great.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been so wonderful , serving on the board for this incredible organization! The staff at Helping Hand House is the perfect balance between compassion and professionalism! I am so glad I have gotten a chance to get involved in this organization, who serves the homeless and at risk families in Pierce County!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping Hand House is a dedicated non profit that is committed to providing housing and services for families that are homeless. The programs at Helping Hand House go beyond just providing a roof they include case management services, employment and job search help, and teaching financial literacy. This agency also has a group of dedicated volunteers and local support that are passionate about helping homeless families. Helping Hand House provides programs that help families in their greatest time of need, some of which are recognized nationally. As a board member and volunteer it is such a great pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. This program is truly an example of what an effective program for addressing homeless families and some of our most vulnerable population can do. This program makes a difference in families lives and creates a positive outcome for all families who receive services. They are numerous examples of family members finding jobs aftering getting some support from this program. The children that are part of these families are also greatly impacted by the work that is done by Helping Hand House. They are some great success stories including the story of single mother with two boys who graduated from Helping Hand House. The two boys both recieved scholarships while they were in the Helping Hand House program. Without the support of a program like this for families children can be greatly impacted in the areas of both learning and behavior. For children to have the best chance at success they need a stable environment which includes having a shelter. With Helping Hand House though the services go beyond just having a shelter. The services include volunteers helping with recognizing childrens birthdays with a cake and gifts. Some of the children in the program have never had these things prior to the family coming to the organization for help. The employment program helps working parent find jobs and assists with job search and resumes. They also conduct interview skills training and education. The list of success this program shows and does everyday goes on. It is the passion of it's staff, community, and volunteers that is make it the most successful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience since becoming a board member has been phenomonal. I knew of HHH in a broad sense prior to joining the board, but did not know much about the details of what they do. The staff in particular has impressed me with their dedication to their programs and the effort they put forth for each individual family they work with. They are well organized, well lead, and should serve as an example of what an effective non-profit organization could strive to be.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow what a program! Helping Hand House has been so succesful with providing families with the support that they need to become self-sustaining.

Bob L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that is helping families to help themselves. There is a genuine care and concern for individuals amongst the staff and leadership of Helping Hand House. Theres is not a job but a calling. Numerous family testimonials attest to the success of their programs.

Elisa H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My role with Helping Hand House is to help provide birthday and Christmas gifts for families. No child should ever go without a present on their birthday or for Christmas and HHH takes special care to ensure that doesn't happen.

Arlene R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church group and I were looking for a charity activity we could do. We were only having this group for a short time and needed something that we could do quickly and easily. Helping Hand house makes volunteering so easy. They have several different options from cleaning to holiday gift baskets. My group really enjoyed the experience working with their knowlegable staff, and knowing that we were making a real difference in the lives of people in need. I think that this is a very worthwhile organization and am glad I was able to do a small part to help with the mission of Helping Hand house.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping Hand House provides comprehensive services to their clients. Besides housing solutions, staff works with each family independently to empower them to be economic sustainability. Besides the great work that the staff does on behalf of their clients, the organization is run efficiently and is accountable for all investments made from donors to support their mission. I am proud to support the work of Helping Hand House through volunteering and financial investments.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My daughter and I help clean and organize their food and bedding storage areas. Never any pressure. Always very appreciated. Great local charity assisting local families.

Patty O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our quilt group makes quilts for the beds of the families. We attended a breakfast fundraiser and toured the offices and learned about the programs. I was so impressed that my husband and I decided Helping Hand House would get a large chunk of our charitable contributions. I also met a young woman who received help from HHH and found out she was the daughter of an acquaintance. It's great to hear how her life has turned around. This group is transitional housing for homeless "families" and helps the families with food, shelter, budgeting, job training, and job placement. It's no free ride; they learn what's necessary to survive and keep themselves away from homelessness in the future.

3 Tanna H.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My son, nephew and I were helped by Helping Hand House. With out their help I don't think I would have been able to get back on my own feet again. I have now been working for 4 years, albiet not in my original career, but at least working. I Have a home for my family. I cannot thank the enough for giving me back control of my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the aid of Helping Hand House, my son and I probably would not have made it through the rough time we did. But now we are on our own again, and doing well. I've seen the help they do, I've been one of the lives they have saved. I do everything I can now to help them as any way I can to pay it forward to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Sisters and I have adopted a house we clean between families. Helping Hand House provides shelter and food for those that would otherwise be sleeping outside in the rain and cold! They also provide training for parents to make better choices.

1 Kayla B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping Hand House is a wonderful organization. I volunteer by baking cakes for a couple of children every month. I support HHH because I feel they are helping people help themselves rather than just giving hand outs. I know that their work goes to bettering people for a lifetime and not just a short time. They hold classes to equip their families with the tools to move forward and be successful. A couple of the classes I have heard about are food canning and financial planning. This organization is one that I would support especially given this current economic state where people are losing their jobs and homes. HHH will ensure those people find both and hold onto them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member or volunteer for Helping Hand House over the past 15 years or more. I truly realized the value of HHH, a few years ago, when I was delivering a Christmas food/gift basket to a family who had just bought a home, with the assistance of HHH. HHH keeps in touch with our families, even after they are out of the program. The father, his wife and their 9 children were thrilled to finally own their own home. His children helped me carry the boxes into their home and, when everything was inside the house, the man walked me out to my car and, as we were saying goodbye, he handed me a $100 bill and told me to use it in the work of HHH. I was startled, not sure if I should accept it, but realizing it would be an insult if I didn't. Then he told me his story and he was so happy that now he could be the one helping others in the community. At that moment I understood what Helping Hand House does for our families in need and for our community. Helping Hand House brings hope to the families we help and gives community members and groups a way to lend a hand to our neighbors in need. HHH is a blessing to our area.