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Preferred Employer Group of the Month: November, 2017

Oct 30, 2017 by SCU

SCU is pleased to announce our Preferred Employer Group of the Month...
​Helping Hands Aiken

PEG Nov 2017 logo helping hands aiken

Helping Hands was founded as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and became Helping Hands, Incorporated on April 11, 1973. The prompt for such a facility arose after a group of Aiken citizens realized abused, abandoned and/or neglected children were being temporarily housed in the Aiken County jail due to lack of foster home space. The agency began with contributions from the Gregg-Graniteville Foundation and the Aiken County government and became a United Way agency in 1979.

These concerned citizens contacted Father Howard M. Hickey of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church and asked for his help in locating a space to provide shelter. With Father Hickey’s aid, our first location went into operation in 1973. This large home was located on York Street in Aiken which was leased to us for $1.00 per year from the church. A home for ten teenage girls was opened in North Augusta in 1980 and a home was opened shortly thereafter for ten teenage boys in Perry, S.C. Helping Hands eventually purchased the York Street location in 1983.

The combination of distance between houses, increased operating costs and the difficulty of finding experienced house-parents for three separate locations proved to be too much, so all locations were closed and Helping Hands moved to the current, and permanent, 58-bed facility on John Elliott Lane on March 31, 1988.  At this facility, we have five separate buildings on campus including the Clothing Warehouse, Storage Warehouse, Shelter, Development Center, and Teen Girls Cottage.

Also, in 2012, Helping Hands acquired another non-profit, Aiken Youth Empowerment (AYE), in order to provide services to the Aiken community. AYE began as the Aiken County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Center in 1994 and is dedicated to providing programming to help youth reduce risk-taking behaviors and decrease teen and unintended pregnancies in our community.  AYE offers community youth and parents research-based programs which have a record of success. These programs are facilitated by our trained Community Educator.  For more information about AYE and/or the programs offered, visit: aikenyouthempowerment.org.

 To learn more, about Helping Hands Aiken, contact:

PO Box 503
Aiken, SC 29802
803.648.3456  |  helpinghandsaiken.org

Helping Hands Aiken is pleased to offer credit union benefits to their employees through State Credit Union.  Click here or call 800-868-8740 x 8432 if you'd like to learn more about becoming a Preferred Employer Group with SCU.  

Your employees will thank you!

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