The Helping Hands Initiative

The mission of The Helping Hands Initiative's food bank (Helping Hands Food Bank) is to provide food assistance in Nevis and St. Kitts by soliciting and collecting food items (perishable and non-perishable) for distribution through a network of service agencies and programs that serve our targeted population groups. The services include food bag programs, emergency food programs, and educational services that provides opportunities for self-sufficiency. In the words of Jesus Christ, "They need not depart; give ye them to eat." Our mission is simple: minister to the total man, thus effectively empowering those who will utilize the services offered.

The key to the success of this initiative will rest on its ability to devise strategies to assist each person to grow beyond their economic situation. The Helping Hands Initiative will accomplish this by providing job training information, money management training, health education and more as part of a multi-faceted strategy toward self-sufficiency so that we effectively remove the possibility of the program defeating its purpose by becoming a "crutch" and a program that is misused and abused. There is an old Chinese proverb which says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Therefore, one of the main objectives of this initiative will be to teach families how to save money while providing them with a jumpstart during the training process. In conjunction with Inter Caribbean Evanelism Ministries, Int'l and Shekinah House of Prayer, as we minister the Word and pray for our clients, we endeavour to assist with the needs of those we come in contact with that are facing economic challenges. We will be addressing not only their spiritual needs but their physical needs as well; in essence we will be devoting our efforts to the total man. Thus, we envision the transformation of many lives through this combined effort.

Another key to the success of this initiative will be the well planned collaboration with local and regional food chains; through which we will be hosting and promoting food drives at various supermarkets on a bi-monthly basis in order to (a) maintain a consistent supply of food and resources to the food bank and (b) develop a wide fan base and attract audience appeal to produce as much community awareness as possible, because although our primary focus is the single-parent family and elderly couples, we will also be offering assistance to individuals who have similar needs. One family at a time, but NO ONE left behind that has a need for the services being rendered.

The food bank phase of The Helping Hands Initiative also envisions being able to provide non food items such as clothing, toys; school supplies and household items to single parent families as a means of assisting them to properly maintain their household for an assessed period of time, after which time each case will be re-assessed to determine whether their status requires more time. By providing the basic essentials of everyday life, such as the above-mentioned items; The Helping Hands Initiative endeavours to afford these single-parents the advantage of offsetting their bills so that they can provide better housing for their children.

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