The Helping Hand of the Heartland maintains a number of programs to assist those in need. Providing food, clothing, transportation assistance and adult education are but a few of the many programs available through the Helping Hand.
If you would like more information regarding the Helping Hand and its programs or would like to get involved please contact our office at
If you are currently in need of assistance from the Helping Hand, for your convenience you can now download an Application for Assistance. Please click here for the application and fill it out and bring it with you to our office during regular business hours. Any questions regarding the application or the process can be addressed by calling our office or when you come in.
|Food is donated by the public and purchased by Helping Hand and then is given to those who request it.
Helping Hand receives items from the public and gives these items free of charge to the clients.Such itemsinclude, butare not limited to:
• personal hygiene products
• household items
• baby needs
• school supplies
Using a voucher system, we provide financial assistance to clients in paying such things as:
• utility bills
• child care
• educational books and supplies
|Helping Hand receives used vehicles from the public and gives these free of charges to clients who need transportation to work.
We provide food and transportation to the next large city where a transient may find shelter. If they are driving, we give them a gasoline voucher. If they are not driving, we give them a bus ticket. Depending of circumstances, we may provide overnight lodging in a local motel.
Every year Helping Hand partners with St. James Catholic Church and other are churches to provide a cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day to people who would be eating alone or who would not have food for a meal. The people may eat-in at the St. James School Cafeteria or have the meal delivered to their home. This year we fed over 750 people.
Christmas Basket Program
Each year we give food, toys, and clothes to low-income residents in our area. Families wanting to receive this help complete an application on which they are able toput the child(ren)'s wish list. Local churches and clubs help deliver these baskets before Christmas.This past Christmas we gave to more than 1100 families.
Helping Hand To Work
This is a program to train clients in life skills and job skillsthat will enable them to find and keep meaningful employment. Some of the classes being offered include:
• basic hygiene and health
• job search and applications
• adult basic education (reading, writing, and math)
• essential job skills
• interviews and first impressions
• resume' writing
• budgeting and money management
• employment testing/certification
• communication skills for the workplace
• critical thinking and problem solving
Clients are givenclothing appropriate to the job, free haircuts/hairstyling, and gift certificates to prepare them to enter the workforce. For this program we have partnered with Hardin County Adult Education, First Citizens Bank who provided grant funding,several area businesses, and a local beauty shop.