Nonprofit of the Month: Helping Hands of Clemson
Our next Nonprofit Spotlight features Helping Hands of Clemson. We sat down with executive director, Jennifer Barbour and development director Dewey Brown to learn more about this organization.
How was Helping Hands started?
In the beginning, Ms. Tulli saw an ad in the local newspaper asking for sponsors to help buy Christmas gifts for children. After a few years of doing this she saw there was a need for a children’s home in the Pickens area. She and several other ladies worked closely with SC Department of Social Services and in 1984 Helping Hands was started. When the home was first established it could service 12 children.
Who does Helping Hands serve, and how?
Helping Hands of Clemson is a home for abused and neglected children. We help all children in the state of SC, but most of our children are placed by Social Services from Pickens, Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg counties. We can serve 54 children at a time and serve over 300 children each year. Over the past 31 years, we have had over 8500 children come to our home.
How is Helping Hands operated?
Our children come to us through DSS placement and we are one of the largest emergency shelters in the state. All the children placed with us have been removed from their homes due to one or more factors involving neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional abuse. The children stay with us until DSS can reunite them with their families. If family reunification is not possible, DSS will attempt to place the children with other relatives and foster families.
Can you share a story or experience that helps people understand the work you do?
We try to keep up with our children when they leave but when they grow older sometimes we lose contact. We have been very fortunate to have some of our children come back to visit or to call to let us know how they are doing. We now have some of our past children employed with us. They want to give back and help children that are in the same situations they overcame. It is wonderful to hear them talk about what a difference Helping Hands has made in their lives.
What are the greatest needs of Helping Hands at this point?
At this time, we are building a new home for the children of South Carolina. We are estimating a finished date of June 2016. We are looking for donors to help with furnishings of the new home such as bedding, furniture, and other household necessities. We also have a Thrift Store which is located on 105 Main Street in Central, South Carolina were all of the proceeds go directly to the home to help with funding. Helping Hands also has a Go Fund Me site for donations and listed below is an ongoing wish list of Helping Hands current needs.
- Pull Ups-Med., Lrg., X-Lrg; 3-T/4-T, 4T/5T
- Goodnights/Underjams; S-M, L-XL for older girls and boys
- Baby Wipes
- Diaper Cream
- Cold Medicine (Tylenol, Motrin) Delsym Cough Medicine
- Bathroom Tissue and Paper Towels
- Shampoo including Pantene “For Women of Color” and Suave Frizz Control
- Hair Conditioner, Including Pantene “For Women of Color” and Suave Frizz Control
- Hair brushes and toothbrushes (must have hole in the handle for hanging up-DSS requirement)
- Paper Towels
- Cleaning Products (Mr. Clean, Pine sol, etc.)
- Dish Detergent
- Liquid Laundry Detergent
- Insect Repellant for the children
- Aluminum Foil and Plastic Wrap
- Kitchen Trash Bag-13 gal
- Heavy Duty Black Trash Bags-55 gal. or Contractor size
- DVD Movies (PG, PG13)
- Movie Theater Tickets
- Sky Zone Tickets
- Ice cream, soda, snacks, etc.
- Duffel Bags
- Restaurant Gift Cars or passes (i.e. pizza party for kids)
- Air Fresheners
- Batteries (all sizes but especially AA)
- Pillow Cases-white (single)
- Disposable Gloves
- Freezer Baggies-gallon size
- Pine Sol
- PJ’s- lightweight (not flannel or heavy fabric, no footies please); size 2T to adult S & M
- Copier paper
- Skin Lotion
- Tennis Shoes-Size 7-2, boys and girls
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