Hands 2 Help: Helping communities and lives
Gigi Tinsley | 4/10/2014, 9 a.m.
The Hands 2 Help, Inc. organization was founded in 2003 by Camille Jones, the executive director. H2H is a 501 (c) 3 organization “committed to involving individuals and agencies to lend helping hands to build a better community in the South Florida areas."
"We hope to create a place with activities and support services that would
cater to the specific needs of children and their families,” said Jones.
“Our mission is to build better lives and strengthen communities by providing our youth and their families with the knowledge and skills to be self-sufficient in society,” Jones added.
Their signature program, Passage 2 Womanhood, which serves as a resource for young teenage girls living in mostly low-income and poverty stricken communities, is unique in that it establishes long term relationships during critical developmental years.
The young ladies in the program, ages eight through 18, come from all walks of life.
“Our current participants come from juvenile centers, foster homes and underprivileged, poverty-stricken homes,” said Jones.
But Jones' confidence in program participants isn't faltered by their situations. She only had constructive things to say about them.
“We engage smart, willing, young women who are enthusiastic and have a burning desire to make positive changes in their lives,” said Jones.
There are four full-time staff members, two teachers and two counselors, that work on a weekly basis supervising and interacting directly with each participant to ensure that the curriculum is being executed properly. Their program curriculum includes: life skills, health and nutrition, career preparation, and pregnancy prevention.
Additionally, there are five parents who volunteer their services, transporting and overseeing participants during activities and programs.
In their next stage of development, Jones said she looks forward to offering a helping hand to more ladies in need.
“We see Hands 2 Hands expanding and increasing our ability to help more youth who come from challenging situations in life rise above them."