Helping Hands Outreach Center’s mission continues with new building, donor support

By: 
Board of Directors of the Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County

Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County has been serving our community for the last 17 years with a goal of making sure no one goes without food in our community.  

Over the years the community has donated both food and funds and volunteered countless hours toward meeting our goal. Community support has always been wide ranging, from individuals to the schools, churches and organizations and some of the businesses.

Our ability to provide food has grown over the years and expanded from the food distribution and Operation Christmas to programs such as weekly backpacks for children who do not have enough to eat over the weekend and monthly mobile markets that distribute perishables such as bakery, dairy and produce — all through the ongoing efforts and support of the community.

We have added more and more shelving, coolers and freezers and in the process, outgrown our space and are currently borrowing space from the park, one of the schools and one of the churches.

When we were offered over 5,000 square feet of space for less than $10 per square foot, we knew we needed to take advantage of this opportunity that would increase our food storage and office space and also allow us to house the backpack program, mobile markets and Operation Christmas on site.

We began an ambitious project to raise enough funds for the building purchase, renovation costs and one year of operational costs. We firmly believe the result will be a volunteer operation that can look forward to being there for those in need for many years to come.

To date, we have received donations to cover the cost of the building and a good bit of the renovation costs.

If you or your business or church or organization have not yet joined in this community project, it is not too late and we urge you to support this project in any way you can. Helping someone in need is a way to share our blessings and make Owensville a better place to live for everyone.