What we do
- Created on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:49
- Written by Gene McCellan
HELP provides furniture, appliances and household goods to families and individuals in need of such. As resources allow, HELP assists clients with rent, utilities and medical bills in collaboration with area social service agencies and churches. Minor home repairs, including construction of handicap ramps, are also performed. Transportation for medical purposes is provided as drivers are available.
- Created on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:30
- Written by Gene McCellan
Since its incorporation in 1998, HELP has become a multi-faceted ministry. All requests for assistance are given consideration. If resources are not readily available, HELP seeks to find the necessary resources. For unique requests an email is often sent to area churches to seek assistance in meeting the needs.
All items given to clients are given free of charge. Most of the goods provided to clients have been donated to HELP. Occasionally HELP receives a grant to assist with the purchase of furniture or appliances, or to construct handicap ramps. HELP has also received a Council On Aging Grant to transport senior citizens for medical purposes. Again, services are rendered free of charge to the client.
The real "heart" of the ministry is the volunteer base. The office staff takes in the requests without being judgmental of the clients. It is not unusual to see an intake volunteer shed a tear of compassion for the client he or she is working with. Some volunteers have even opened their own wallet to contribute to an immediate need for food, gas, a prescription or any number of situations.
The volunteers who coordinate the delivery of goods and services are equally compassionate. Besides working long hours-- longer than they originally volunteered for-- they have also given of their own time and resources to assist families in need.
The volunteers that deliver the furniture, appliances and household goods return with stories they are excited to share. Sometimes they tell of a single mother who has absolutely nothing, and how they felt so good providing her with beds for herself and her child. These volunteers also tell their friends, and a new volunteer is generated as the friend gets involved.
Handicap access projects have become another hallmark of HELP. Small groups of men have undertaken numerous handicap ramp projects. Men from several area churches combined efforts on some of these projects, providing an awesome testimony for the "unity of the church" when compassion is allowed to shine through.
In 2009, The American Cancer Society provided a van to take patients to cancer treatments in Muskegon and Grand Rapids. This action took a tremendous quantity of requests that HELP had been providing previously. HELP still assists with transportation for other than cancer needs.