MANY HELPING HANDS

Changing Lives, One Meal at a Time

Irving, TX   |  www.manyhelpinghands.org

Mission

Homeless Ministry in Irving Texas Our Mission: Changing lives of the Irving homeless community, both sheltered and unsheltered, through Christian based, compassionate, relational and personal service.

Notes from the nonprofit

It is through an ever expanding network of supporters that we are able to make a difference in those who are often ignored and have no where to turn. Through the collective work of many, we feel blessed to help those in need, help them see God and put them on a path for recovery and not being homeless.

Ruling year info

N/A

Executive Director

Lana Hansen

Main address

1711 W Irving Blvd, Suite 300

Irving, TX 75061 USA

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EIN

46-4933405

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (P11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We serve the homeless in a city that has no services for those who must live on the streets. People can become homeless due to lack of affordable housing, a traumatic experience, unemployment, domestic violence, disabilities and many other reasons. 50% are women and children, 40% are US military veterans, and 5% are children without adults. Up to 70% of the homeless do not have photo IDs, birth certificates, or social security cards. Without these documents, a person cannot get a job, housing, food stamps, healthcare, or bank account. An ID is a first step to solve homelessness. The homeless are shunned and many do not even feel human. Furthermore in almost all areas they have no where to go as a resource to help turn around their situation. There are shelters to help at night in some cities, but no real resource or navigation centers to help with direction. This assistance is critical in helping people turn their lives around. We want to help address that need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Thursday Night Feeds

Every Thursday night, we provide a dinner for the homeless and needy in Irving, Texas. We also have someone that cuts hair and a bible study.

Population(s) Served

One of the obstacles to getting a job is that some of the homeless do not have any form of identification. We go through the process with the individuals to help get a valid legal form of identification.

Population(s) Served

In December, we have a winter event to hand out blankets and coats to the homeless.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Thursday Night Feeds

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is measured by the number of people we serve meals to each week (on average).

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Thursday Night Feeds

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the dollar amount for food as well as other items provided at the Thursday Night Service Event. Other items include clothing, books, and services.

Number of partner churches

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our partnerships help make this all possible. As a community of support we can make such a big difference. Partnerships show the support of the community on our overall efforts.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Thursday Night Feeds

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started with about 20 meals on one night. We have now grown to over 6000 meals provided a year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is "Changing lives of the Irving homes community, both sheltered and unsheltered, through Christian based, compassionate, relation and personal service." We build our efforts on five pillars; Nourishment, Healthcare, Spiritual Support, Educational Resources and Mentoring. We do a lot now, but want to make a bigger and long term difference to those that we serve.

Annually we provide over 6,500 sit down meals, 5,000 snack packs, 5,000 hygiene kits, haircuts, mentoring and counseling, partnerships with a local major hospital who provides a mobile clinic and free healthcare at our weekly events, portable shower service, blankets/coats/backpacks/work shoes, assistance getting state ID cards, bible study, bus passes along with a compassionate caring connection with each person we serve.

We do all of the above though an event one night a week where we feed 100+ local homeless. We call them our 'clients'. They sit down at a table and we serve them. They call it their restaurant. They connect with others, get clothing, counseling, Bible studies and much more. We want them to feel loved and human again. We do not look away, but we engage them...they can be a 'person' again instead of an outcast.

We have ambitions to help serve more than just one night a week. We want a more permanent home base where we can partner with other social programs and services to have a bigger impact. We desire to have lockers for our homeless clients to safely store items while they are getting jobs or working, showers to help with hygiene, clothing and basic living resource closet, counseling classes, a message station for loved ones to reconnect or correspond, laundry stations, Bible study, charging stations, and many other essential services to help them get back on to their feet. Above all provide Christian support to be loved and feel human.

We are currently 100% volunteer organization. 100% of funds raised go directly to our mission. We are currently seeking support to save enough funds to build the resource center. With no city offered services, we feel we can make a big difference in the lives of the homeless and the community around us.

We currently partner with over 20 local churches and organizations to serve the homeless one night a week. We have partnered with a local church to use their facilities for our weekly event. With our goal of a day resource center and a more permanent home we can do so much more. The homeless have night shelters in other nearby cities, but no local resources in the day leaving them with no place to go and little resources to help get off the streets. We can make a difference by having a day resource center to help provide some of the following services and room to grow how we can help.
- Partner with other social programs/services
- Charging stations to help keep phones and other devices charged to help them connect and help in emergencies.
- Resource for community service. Many of the homeless want to better themselves and are eager to do community service. This helps them and the community.
- Bible study to feed them spiritually.
- Address for ID cards and benefits.
- Computer and internet access for job and benefit applications.
- Lockers to secure items while at work
- Showers to help with hygiene.
- Donation based clothing and basic living resource closet
- Message center to connect with families, doctors and employers.
- Counseling and classes

One of our founders was homeless and knows what it is like first hand. She knows the dark side of homelessness including shame, and feeling no self worth. God intervened in her life though a Christian based program and we feel we have done the same for many, but want to do more. We will continue to serve as we do now as we prepare for a more permanent 'home'. We need support from others to help make our goals come to pass. We have board members who are on the city council, are key city leaders, who are plugged into the local needs, etc. We are building the foundation to grow and serve. We ask for your help.

We are a 100% volunteer organization and feel blessed at what we can do. We are not alone though. Over 20 local churches and businesses help us. We have more and more people getting involved wanting to make a difference. So the organization is blessed with eager volunteers making us very capable in that aspect.

We also have been very blessed with gifts in kind. In fact these gifts in kind (donations, food for the homeless, clothing, etc.) that are four times our annual budget. That allows us to not only serve those in need, but also save for a day resource center. We have not operated in a deficit from a budgetary perspective and are blessed that we continue to grow our funds for the resource center. Our annual fundraiser almost covers our entire annual budget. We have not only organizations supporting us, but several individual, regular donors.

All of this said, we do see a need to hire someone in the not too distant future. As we grow it will become more and more difficult to be 100% volunteer based. As we get closer to the day resource center, we will hire someone to help coordinate the center as well as partnerships with other services.

We truly feel God has put us where we are now for a reason and feel blessed we can grow our capabilities and impact to those we serve.

We started by feeding a few homeless on a Thursday night at a local church. In over 5 years we have not missed a meal and we have added services and programs to help even further. Here is a partial list of what we have accomplished as reflected by what is now 'normal' for us. It is a far way from a dinner for a few dozen homeless.

- 6,500 Sit down meals served annually
- 5,000 Snack packs provided annually
- 5,000 Hygiene kits provided annually
- >2000 Haircuts given to date
- Mentoring and Counseling
- Weekly Parkland Hospital bus mobile clinic
- Flu and Hepatitis C shots coordination
- Portable showers each week
- Referral to obtain eye glasses
- Blankets, coats, back packs & shoes/work boots
- Address for ID cards to help get a job/services
- Weekly Bible study and free books
- Northlake College and/or GED classes referral
- Inclement weather housing at a partner church
- Bus passes 1st week of work and prescription pickup
- >150 books given out weekly

As you can see, we have grown quite a bit. We are excited about what the future brings. We would love to have you as a part of that journey.

Financials

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MANY HELPING HANDS

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pat O'Reilly

John Ketchersid

Dennis Webb

Ray Bauer

Karen Dendy

Pat O'Reilly

Erik Muegge

Daniel Prescott

Tony Pedroza

Terrance Sauls