Helping Hands assistance programs and thrift store.

Families in Midland County looking for a hand-up can try the non-profit, Faith Based group Helping Hands. Using private and public funding sources, they will coordinate basic needs for clients. Everything from food to items such as clothing are available, along with access to a thrift store. In some cases, one time emergency financial assistance is available.

Residents in the non-profit's service area who are in a housing crisis, such as facing homelessness or an imminent eviction can turn to the agency for help. Resources range from one time cash grants to advice and accommodations.

The permanent supportive housing program is one solution that is for individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness. Helping Hands provides help in many forms. There is housing and supportive services to assist such individuals recover from the trauma they have endured from not having a home over an extended period of time.

Helping Hands housing stabilization program, meanwhile, is intended for residents from Midland Texas who are mired in a crisis or experiencing short-term homelessness. Depending on funding levels, this program features financial assistance. It is combined with supportive services, and there may either be loans or grants available to either prevent clients from becoming homeless or return clients to stable housing.

The organization, using volunteers and full time staff, manages a community kitchen to provide free lunches to anyone in need. The site is open and mostly run by volunteers, who primarily operate the kitchen.

In addition to that service, Helping Hands administers a food pantry that distributes groceries to clients in crisis. Over the course of a year, the pantry supplies thousands of meals or boxes of food to the needy. Both the community kitchen and Midland County food pantry rely on donations from the community.

The Helping Hands Thrift Store sells gently used items. The money raised goes to pay for the services they run. There may be clothing, shoes, furniture, and kitchen utensils at the store. Much more is offered too, based on donation levels.




The agency will also offer an education program that features classes each year. The sessions held by teachers and staff members support clients on their path to self-sufficiency by teaching them the skills they need to achieve financial as well as personal goals. Topics include credit counseling, budgeting, job readiness and goal setting.

Through the non-profit's employment program, individuals receive assistance with both short-term job placement and long-term career development. Each and every year, the Helping Hands agency is able to help hundreds of individuals secure employment.

New hire paperwork can be completed, and this form of assistance helps newly hired clients fill out the necessary paperwork associated with employment. There is also pre-employment preparation held by Helping Hands, and the agency provides work-related resources, such as vocational certification, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes, job readiness training and professional re-certification.

Helping Hands referral and placement features employment specialists who work individually with clients to match their experience, skills and interests with company needs. The agency will also arrange logistical support, which helps prospective employers coordinate both individual and group interviews in an efficient manner.




Veterans in Midland County can benefit from Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Also known as SSVF, the program helps improve the housing stability of veteran families. SSVF is designed for families who are either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.

Using federal funds, the agency provides temporary monetary aid to help clients acquire or maintain permanent housing and case management to guide clients towards self-sufficiency. SSVF also includes housing location services; education regarding financial literacy, life skills; job readiness and employment services; and tenant rights and responsibilities. There is also guidance in obtaining support from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and public benefit programs. Helping Hands serves veteran families based on their unique household needs.

Helping Hands operates a refugee as well as immigrant resettlement service. It was created to help documented refugees adjust to life. As part of this, a variety of services are available to poverty-stricken newcomers.

The organization provides food, housing and employment assistance, and connects immigrants to resources that can enable self-sufficiency. Workshops and topics addressed include healthcare, English language training, transportation, financial aid and education are some of these resources. More information on the charity is at 1301 Brinson Lane,  Midland, TX 79703, or dial 432-520-8900.




By Jon McNamara

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