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, Monica Jeffcoat succeeded Carmen Landy and assumed responsibilities October 31, 2022. After 18 years as CEO, Carmen Landy stepped down from her role. 

Helping Hands is excited to have Monica Jeffcoat as our new Chief Executive Officer.” said Board of Directors President Malcolm Smith. “Monica’s advanced education and extensive experience in the field of child welfare are perfectly suited to our mission. 

During her time as the Director of Residential Services, Monica Jeffcoat has enhanced the quality of services provided to residents, staff, and the foster care community. Some of these services include improved staff training opportunities, in-house trainings for local foster parents, new hire training curriculum, new client orientation manual, and transition plans for youth ages 17 and up. This year, she received the One Person Can Make a Difference Award from PAFCAF 2022. She has also presented at Daniel Memorial National Independent Living Conference in 2021 and 2022. 

Fourteen of her eighteen years of experience in the field have been at Helping Hands so she is intimately familiar with all aspects of our operation and staff,” said Smith. “We welcome Monica and look forward a bright future for Helping Hands under her leadership. 

Monica Jeffcoat received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Limestone College in 2011 and Master’s in Social Work from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania in 2014. She also received the Non-Profit Leadership Certification from Francis Marion University. 

As an active community member, she’s part of United Way’s Young Philanthropist Society, serves on the 2nd Judicial Circuit Human Trafficking Taskforce, and a member of the Aiken Stakeholder Committee for SCDJJ’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. She is also an active member of Zion Ch. 314 Order of Eastern Star, Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Mount Anna Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Lamar Johnson, and Old Storm Branch Baptist Church with Pastor Martris Mims.