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New Aiken program provides counseling for grieving youth
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A new foster care program in Aiken County is helping youth with grief support. The Helping Hands Center’s (sic) program called Dougy Center’s LYGHT will provide counseling for kids. It is named after Dougy Turno, who came to Aiken from...
Teen Maze 2023 Recap
In observance of Let’s Talk Month, Aiken Youth Empowerment hosted its annual Teen Maze on October 6th. We brought youth and community agencies together for a day of learning and fun!...
Helping Hands celebrates 50th anniversary
Hot dogs, hamburgers, handshakes and hugs were a part of Saturday’s scenery at Helping Hands, as the youth facility celebrated its 50th anniversary and played host to a variety of residents, employees and other well-wishers from at least a couple of decades of work to...
Helping Hands, Inc. Appoints Monica Jeffcoat as New CEO
Aiken, South Carolina, November 17, 2022. Helping Hands, Inc. announced during their A Chef’s Extravaganza event on November 10th, that Monica Jeffcoat has been appointed the new CEO of the agency. As the former Director of Residential Services at Helping Hands,...
Helping Hands receives generous grant from Gregg-Graniteville Foundation
On July 20, 2022, the Gregg-Graniteville Foundation represented by Ira E. "Bud" Coward, President of the Board of Directors, George B. Mitchell, Vice President of the Board of Directors, and Diana Silas, Executive Director presented a welcome donation to Carmen Landy,...
Helping Hands, Inc. Achieves National Accreditation
Helping Hands, Inc has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Helping Hands is an emergency home for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Organizations pursue...
Helping Hands offers work opportunities for youths in Aiken County
The agency’s community programming division, Aiken Youth Empowerment is currently recruiting youth for the Level UP! job readiness program. Youth ages 14-21 can participate in work experience during their spring and summer break.  Youth will be placed in job sites...
Back to School: A Brief Word from our Education Advocate
The time is here! The 2021-2022 school year has officially begun for Aiken County Public School District. Before the school year begins, I make sure all our youth are set and ready to be successful for the year. Here's a short glimpse at what we do to prepare. I...
Sex Ed for All & Teen Pregnancy Prevention
In observance of Sex Ed for All Month and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, I want to first thank all instructors that were able to implement the curriculum in their classrooms.  We are working to continue providing quality, evidenced-based reproductive health...
Child Abuse Prevention Awareness

April is recognized for many different causes. One, in which our agency support, is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness. Many people and organizations wear blue, or they may “plant” blue pinwheels to raise awareness. For the past 48 years, Helping Hands, Inc. has committed itself to caring for adolescent victims of abuse as well as providing services to prevent repetition of the cycle of abuse.

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