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Helping Hands of Summit County Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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. '

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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...

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my story is a simple one, Ms. Phyllis had a predictament a few Thanksgivings ago. She had over 100 local families that was not going to be able to sit down with their families and provide a traditional Thanksgiving day dinner. She realized she needed help, she called local businesses non stop until she was able to secure a commit from one of our very large national companies, who agreed to donate 75 frozen turkeys. Phyllis was ecstatic, but then realized, "i am but one person, with a little sub compact vehicle, now what?" She reached out to me, and i reached out to a few of my friends, and we picked up 75 turkeys on a Tuesday, and all was delivered personally by late on Wednesday night. i have never enjoyed so much chaos in my life, the happy faces, and the kids that greeted me, all so very thankful and appreciative of Ms. Phyllis, and so am I!... Thank you for all you do, God Bless

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity has helped so many people including myself. I like what they do so much that I decided to volunteer. The joy and graditude I get from helping others is the only reward I need. There are so many needs in Summit County alone. Something as simple as a visit to a shut in does wonders for that person. Delivering appliances and hooking them up has helped many families with children . delivering turkeys during the holidays has also helped many needy families and single mothers.Please donate your time or whatever you can to help this charity help others, God Bless.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

HELPING HANDS, inc. first got my attention when a good friend of mine and her husband were going thru some really ROUGH times...he had a terminal diagnosis and she was trying to keep the family with small children in their home...Phyllis Byrd (founder) made several house payments, almost completely furnished the home, brought a christmas tree and presents and dinner..until the father got on a disability check! It gave them HOPE to face an uncertain future...the orginization helps year 'round and has a website that shows what projects are going on...visit at: www.helpinghands-sc.org...phyllis and her volunteers attempt to help whoever God puts in her path..i have heard many stories of the babies she's helped and women and very sick people...the charity is a 501.3c, tax deductible and accepts vehicles, gift cards, monetary donations, etc...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello...I am a widow lady in my 50's with COPD. I have two young grandaughters residing with me and a handicapped son. I was in imminent danger of being put out on the street this last april (2016). Ms. Phyllis (founder) of HELPING HANDS, inc. provided us with a rent pymt, (until my disability started) and stopped us from becoming HOMELESS! The charity helped me get oxygen services, food, and clothing for the babies...She follows up with many of her clients and has used her own $, when the charities funds were low. I would definetly recommend this small, Christian based ministry to anyone out there wanting to donate to a charity that goes the extra mile...for the chronically sick, children and families trying to help themselves, she does home visits and "gives a HAND UP, not a HAND OUT"...mrs. Marilyn Shines...akron, oh

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello...I am a widow lady who has her two young granddaughters. Due to sudden onset of unexpected health problems, I almost died and that was only a few months ago. The challenge has been to keep a roof over our heads and pay for groceries, clothes, utilities and so on and so on...Helping Hands, inc. has been trying to help do all of that and more. The charity relies on private donations from people and business's to assist many families like mine. I thank everyone who has donated to the local charity. Many of us have a low income and it don't take much to pull the rug out from under us. And it is scary. Thank God for people like ms. Phyllis and Helping Hands and those who donate to her ministry. God bless! miss lulu

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LIKE what this charity is doing for children who otherwise would be ON THE STREETS...it's cold out there and UNSAFE...they have to know they matter to someone! The charity is building SELF worth and esteem and teaching real LIFE SKILLS...:DAVID'S HOUSE" is where and how...There is none TALLER than the man who STOOPS to help a child"...PLEASE go to www.GoFundMe.com/5f2eqo and if you like what this ministry is about, please help them help those lesss fortunate than YOU or ME. "WITH GOD all things are possible." Please help!!! Visit @ helpinghands-sc.org or contact: P.O.Box 26601 Akron, OH 44319

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I left new york state, without a penny in my pocket, a victim of a natural disaster...just the shirt on my back..disabled with a chronic illness and in my 60's...i ended up in summit county and a ms. phyllis had a heart, and had time to lend me a helping hand...found me a disability apartment and helped furnish it...i literally had nothing...but now i have hope. My illness has put me in the hospital and having no family here, i was truly alone and down in spirits...as it turns out ms. phyllis charity is called "HELPING HANDS". I am here today and doing well (even have a cat) because another human being really cared...Thank God there are people like her and the charity she founded and is a active person in it...otherwise, i might have given up and being overwhelmed even thought about ending my life! But ms. phyllis never gave up on me and kept trying to help me help myself!She told me she has followed alot of her clients thru months and years, staying in contant and caring...She does alot with little, anyone wanting to help her help others, send any donation to: Helping Hands, inc. P.O. Box 26601 Akron, Ohio 44319 or visit at: www.helpinghands-sc.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came from Detroit in the middle of the nite with my 5 babies...HELPING HANDS, inc. CHARITY helped me find a house, completely furnished it too! It was this time of year, nov./dec. and the chsrity brought a christmas tree presents and xmas dinner...God bless them! They really came out, the founder IN PERSON and gave me and mine a HOME, HOPE and a HOLIDAY...I would tell anyone to please help ms. phyllis (founder) for she really does put her heart into helping and followed up with me to see how we were doing...i got a laptop and still go to her site...www.helpinghands-sc.org SHE and her orginization, HELPING HANDS, inc. really does help WOMEN and their CHILDREN!