Questions and Answers
What is Christian Helping Hands?
CHH is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, formed in 1983 by local churches in our area to help people in need by providing short-term assistance with basic needs. Our goal is to help the less fortunate become more self-sufficient whenever possible.
What kind of help is offered?
CHH gives aid to people who need food and clothing. In other emergencies, CHH helps people with medicine, gasoline, rent, utilities, and overnight lodging, all on a limited basis, as our resources allow. For long-term needs, CHH refers people to the proper public and private agencies.
Does CHH give out money to clients?
NO! CHH provides food from what we have in stock. For clothing, CHH works with local non-profit resale shops using a voucher system. For any other emergency needs, CHH pays the provider directly for the services.
How is CHH supported?
CHH is supported solely by donations of food and money by member-churches, other churches, private individuals, memorials, social and service clubs and corporations. CHH receives no government funds.
How much do member-churches contribute?
Each member-church makes its own decision on the amount of financial support they are able and willing to contribute.
Who does CHH help?
CHH helps anyone in need residing in the Pearland-Friendswood-Manvel-Brookside corridor, or is a member of a member-church who might live outside the corridor. Most people are referred to CHH by local churches, community organizations or the United Way Help Line of Brazoria County. By checking with local churches on a regular basis, CHH tries not to duplicate services to a needy family.
Who operates CHH?
The Board of Directors, consisting of people selected from the member-churches, determines all CHH policies and programs. The Board is responsible for setting up financial aid guidelines for the amount of assistance given to a needy family. The ENTIRE STAFF of CHH is VOLUNTEERS, including the Director of Operations. They are given formal training for the CHH programs. Each volunteer is assigned a duty that best suits his or her talent and gift of time. There is NO PAID STAFF.
Haven’t individual churches been providing this kind of service all along?
Yes. It is part of our Christian calling to administer to the needy. Some churches have their own societies that have a long history of providing these services. CHH does not want to be in competition with any of these providers. By coordinating the resources of ALL churches, CHH is able to provide more efficient services, effectively tap other public services, share responsibilities and reduce duplication of services.
Where does all that FOOD come from?
CHH asks member-churches to donate regularly and deliver it to the CHH facility when available and convenient for volunteers. Other organizations and clubs contribute frequently to help stock the shelves. CHH is a member-agency of The Houston Food Bank that assists over 400 other agencies in the area. CHH purchases non-perishable food (with donated funds) for approximately $ 0.10 per pound. Perishable food from HFB is free and must be disbursed quickly.
Christian Helping Hands is also a recipient of many area “Red Barrels” provided by the Houston Food Bank. Day-old bread products come from numerous local grocery stores. Volunteers pick-up the day-old bread products and food from the Red Barrels.
Annual events, such as “Holiday Harvest Food Drive,” “Stamp Out Hunger,” “Scouting for Hunger,” and "Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive" are the most productive methods of gathering food. These food drives have been vital for keeping our shelves stocked.
The shelving in the new facility, 3402 Swensen Drive in Pearland, will hold approximately 35,000 pounds. Turnover occurs about every six to eight weeks. To keep up with demand, the need for food is constant.