Members of the Marvin Community House recently heard a presentation on Community Helping Hands.
Th Rev. Amy Rohler, director of Community Helping Hands, was the guest speaker who gave an overview of the program that is located at the Gateway Center and was established in 2001.
The agency is staffed by volunteers from local churches and the community, workers required by the Department of Social Services to earn their public assistance benefits and those who are performing community service hours.
Needy families in Chautauqua County, referred by more than 40 different local churches and organizations, are able to receive food, clothing, and household items, at little or no cost. CHH also provides job skills training and work experience to those required to work for their public assistance benefits. Clients work in the thrift store, showrooms, sewing rooms, warehouse, and furniture truck as well as at the Family Center. All are supervised. The Family/Youth Center is a fun and safe place for community youth to gather with an indoor skate/bmx park, a game room, a cafe, Laser Tag and a venue for both youth and family oriented concerts.
Community Helping Hands is a unique way to help equip and empower residents to help themselves and others, and it offers many opportunities for volunteers. Any donations of gently used clothing, household items, furniture, and monetary contributions are always gratefully accepted. As their motto states, "We provide a hand up, not a hand out."