Mission

Mission

Englewood Helping Hand, Inc is a community-supported human service agency that provides food, rent/utility and other assistance to our clients as well as referral services to  other agencies in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, working to prevent homelessness.


Impact

  1. We expanded the quantity and quality of the food we distribute to include meats, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as additional other food items with the assistance of All Faiths Food Bank, the sponsorship of 12 local churches and numerous local businesses and individuals.
  2. In 2015 we used homelessness prevention funds from our agency and agencies we partner with to assist 199 households with rent/utilities and other needs through grants that help the families maintain their home and jobs. This included 164 children and 24 seniors with rent/utility type grants.
  3. In addition, we strive to meet our client’s needs with toiletries, diapers, personal hygiene products, dish and laundry detergent.
  4. We provide help with Access Florida benefits applications (food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid).
  5. Liberty Bus Passes are also available for SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transit) public transportation so clients can get to work, doctors, shopping and meet other travel needs.
  6. We coordinate with other agencies to help service the people in our area (Sarasota and Charlotte County) so they can obtain  human service counseling, job training & other needed.  Our goal is to assist clients to maintain their housing, employment and quality of life.
  7. We help to give those in need the skills and resources to improve their quality of life, provide hunger relief and homelessness prevention.
Our top goals for 2016-2017 are to continue to service our clients but our space is limited and does not provide a quiet confidential space for interviews and meetings.  We need to expand by doubling the size of our Pantry and have more small private rooms for one on one meetings with our clients. Additionally, we would like to provide space to allow other agencies to come to Englewood (we are a little out of the way) so they can service our residents.  We may be a smaller almost forgotten community but our residents are in need of services.  It is very difficult for many of our clients to travel to Port Charlotte, Venice or Sarasota for appointments so we want to offer other agencies the use of our facility at no charge to service those in need.

Needs
  1. Purchased food is expected to double. We do get food from All Faiths Food Bank much cheaper then what we paid for in the past but the volume distributed has greatly increased. We need $7000 more to pay for food. This is over and above donated food we currently receive.
  2. Our grants to clients for rent/mortgage/utilities is anticipated to increase an additional $6500 over and above the grants from Season of Sharing and others.
  3. Due to the increase in the organization’s growth we hired an Assistant Administrator to our staff. Her compensation and the much needed raises for our other two employees has increased our payroll budget about $20,000.
  4. We are just beginning a building campaign as we have outgrown the Pantry and have no private rooms for client meetings or space for other agencies to service our communities needs.  We anticipate the need to raise an additional $250,000 to $300,000 to cover the costs to build. We are actively seeking help and ideas for fundraising to help with this project.
  5. Our current volunteers are our biggest and best asset.  They are our driving force. There is no cost associated with this, but good caring  PEOPLE who believe in what we do at the Pantry. Those volunteers that work with our clients, help with our fundraising and other activities are the backbone of the pantry. Anyone that would  can donate their time and ideas are greatly appreciated and needed.