Skip to main content

Helping Hands opens new office

August 5, 2010

A conglomerate ministry set up to assist people in crisis has moved from Highway 12 closer to the downtown area.
Helping Hands Ministries of Oktibbeha County will now operate on University Drive next to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Formed in 1998, the ministry was previously located in the building plaza belonging to Synergetics Diversified Computer Services, which charged the organization $225 for the space.
On University Drive, however, Helping Hands will not have to pay rent, because St. Joseph’s pastor, Father John Bohn, who owns the space, is letting its staff operate there for free.
“The rent was not high at all,” Elaine Baker, Helping Hands President, said, “but that money can now be used to pay someone’s electric bill.”
Since its beginning, Helping Hands has worked with local non-profit groups such as the Salvation Army, Community Counseling and the Oktibbeha County Health Department to offer people in desperate situations financial assistance, such as rent, utility payments, food vouchers and motel rooms.
Vice-president Claudette Horanburg said that working for Helping Hands has opened her eyes to the needs of others.
“When you see what some of these people live on, how they pay bills and live their daily lives, you feel really blessed,” Horanburg said. “We’d love to do more for people in need, but we have to spread costs out the best way we can,” she said.
Dependent on donations from United Way, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, community service organizations, churches and individuals, Helping Hands encourages members of its local community to contribute.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: HHMOC, P.O. Box 2102, Starkville, MS 39760.

Pasta, bread, pizza crusts, peanut butter, fried foods, beef, even certain types of chips — these are all foods that...
The memories of April 21, 2008 when we went to the Boston Marathon still lingered in our hearts and souls on April 15...
Emily Jones Deluded Diva My neighbor, (I'll call her Brenda for the sake of anonymity), is one of the best things that...
By RUTH MORGAN For Starkville Daily News General Wiley Norris Nash was one of Mississippi as well as Starkville’s most...
Creation is imagination, and being a visual artist I'm attempting to be creative, inventive, and imaginative. To...


Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes