The Helping Center supports the community and the community supports The Helping Center. It is thanks to the support of the local community that The Helping Center was able to open their new facility. At the March 23 meeting, Paul King shared with Highland Lakes Democratic Women the successes of the new and larger structure.
Last year the center served their clients over 15000 times. There is no charge to the clients. This was made possible in part by the 8800 volunteer hours from generous people that donated their time. Client visits have tripled since last year. Thanks to the center being open during the day and also in the evening twice a week, your local neighbors have been able to “shop” for necessities in a grocery store environment. This allows them the opportunity of an uplifting experience with encouragement to better themselves. The center currently serves 1250 families, including many new clients brought in by the challenging of today of today. The clients come from not just Marble Falls, but from surrounding counties, too. One of the newest clients is an 85 year old retired nurse, never expecting to need help, but welcomed to the center.
Barbara King is very involved in the client education program, Learn for Life. Clients come in seeking a better life, needing encouragement and useful life lessons. This program offers the opportunity to make positive and lasting changes. Their success can cause a ripple effect as their friends, neighbors and families can see their progress. In 2022, there were over 5000 client interactions for this program which teaches education and literacy / nutrition, health and wellness / and spiritual outreach.
The Helping Center has an impact on adults and children. Scholarships are given to high school graduates for college and during the summer months the center ensures that that students on summer break do not go hungry. Thanks to charitable local stores like HEB, the center is able to feed a family for a week at a cost of $15.
Keep an eye out for the Helping Center Book Drive as they collect new and gently used children’s books.
Thanks to The Helping Center and to the generous community for the help and opportunities given to our less fortunate neighbors.
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This blog is written and managed by HLDW member, Teri Flanagan.