For months now Helping Hands of Georgetown has been preparing. We have been cleaning and repairing and working on a BUS!
Yes I said it, a BUS!
In late 2017 we were gifted a 14 passenger bus. EEEK! It hadn’t been running for 10 years and had quite a few repairs that it needed BUT we had a bus.
We weren’t sure what this would mean for us as a not for profit. Maybe rides for our friends or transportation for our mobile home community?
And then it happened… the idea came to Bob one day for a Mobile Food Pantry and so our bus would come to fill an amazing purpose. So we all got to work. Well mostly Bob and Suzanne… but over the next year the bus would come to need a plethora of repairs and “edits” to be street ready as a mobile pantry.
We are hoping to having this baby on the road by October 2019 and we just know that it is going to fill a HUGE need here in Georgetown, We have a plan and places to go and a demographic to serve and we will keep our community apprised of the latest developments as soon as we have more information!
Recently we took our second BUS full fo volunteers out to CommunityFirst! in Austin.
CommunityFirst! is a permanent OR transitional housing that EMPOWERS the homeless community in Austin to be as self-sufficient and community minded as they can be to further better their lives.
As a group Helping Hands has worked closely with CommunityFirst! founder Alan Graham to build and formulate our own plans for growth as we move forward. We consider ourselves blessed and quite lucky to have a purpose and model to guide us forward!
Here is more about the Village: Community First! Village is a place that enables our homeless brothers and sisters to heal. It’s a place where they can rediscover hope, renew their purpose and restore their dignity. Most importantly, it’s a place they can call home.
Phase I of the Village covers 27 acres and, once at full capacity, will be home to more than 200 formerly homeless men and women.
Features of Community First! Village Phase I:
Blacksmith and woodworking shop
Outdoor movie theater
Memorial garden and prayer labyrinth
Capital Metro bus stop
Meeting spaces for worship, study and fellowship
Community Inn bed & breakfast
Check out these images from our tour!
Please reach out and let us know if you would like to join us on our next trip to CommunityFirst! Village. We would love to fill another bus!
AND… if you think you might like to donate to our efforts in building a Community like this in Georgetown, please donate HERE!
We are a proud people… just in general we are raised to be strong and proud. This article in the Sun City Sun Rays is beautifully written and shows the dedication to family and heart of gold of our Founder, Bob Weimer.
Please take a moment to read and share! Thank you.
Our thanks to the Sun City Sun Rays for this beautiful article and to writer Maureen Griffin for capturing our words and mission so perfectly!
We deliver meals: 3 days a week Each day we serve about 50 food insecure families… that’s 150 per WEEK!
A lot of times people assume that what we do is only about the homeless population. IT’S NOT!
We are here to recognize those that are working hard to keep their heads above water. Working two jobs. Taking care of young kids. Trying to survive after losing a spouse. Retired and now adopting grand babies who’s parents were killed in a car wreck.
We have so much respect for the population we serve and our BIGGEST goal is not just a bag lunch… it is helping them find a plan. Getting the services they need and finally getting ahead.
As 2018 begins, I reflect on the year we had in 2017…
We started serving 12 bag lunches… TWELVE! And it was really just a mission out of love. Food is the love language in our family. We saw the hard working, the struggling and the failing and we knew that this one bag lunch would help. But soon, we started to see these folks returning and they have become friends and NOW… just NOW are we starting to find out how we can really help them.
We have helped find good steady jobs. We have helped with school supplies We have helped with a couch and coffee table Beds, blankets, knit hats and jackets…
We have seen scared people turn the most beautiful smile and helping someone find some positivity again is the most rewarding benefit.
Georgetown Texas is truly one of the most kind and giving communities I have ever encountered and if you travel over to our Partners page you’ll see some of our business donors BUT this does nothing for the 50…. FIFTY random people that have jumped in to help us each month. We are so grateful for our volunteers and we don’t even have the words.
As I write this post I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
I started this post as a way to inform everyone of some of the things we have seen accomplished in 2017 but it has become a way for me to say thank you instead.
Helping Hands of Georgetown was the brain child of my dad. The man with the heart that won’t quit and continues to grow. He finds joy with every hand he shakes and every turkey sandwich he hands out. These people have become his family and I have never felt more blessed then I do now, to be able to watch his organization work and share that work with my children. Thank to our volunteers, friends, family, favorite restaurants and churches and to our community for your help and support. We are nothing without you and we know it!!
We have so much more growing to do but reflecting on 2017 has given me so much joy and hope that 2018 will be a big turning point for us here at Helping Hands….
Next stop…. FUNDRAISERS!
All my love,
Rebecca Huggins – daughter behind the scenes of the amazing man at work!
With Helping Hands Mobile Canteen we send Jesse out twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons) with bag lunches. Some of these lunches come from volunteers that help out of their own home and some come from community partners like Hat Creek Burgers, CJ’s Catering
or Brix and Ale
We take this time to find out what our community members need to become self-sufficient and grow. We have partners with Georgetown Church of Christthat have created toiletry bags with daily necessities and clean t-shirts and we have community partners like our new friends Joy and Darla that knit hats and bring supplies.