Bandera Village of Hope
Assistant Director/Store Manager
“I love helping people. The satisfaction I receive in giving assistance to those in need is truly a pleasure to me. I am very grateful for the help I have received throughout my life. It is my turn to give back. Helping Hands is the most rewarding and challenging job I have ever had. It is an honor to be part of such a giving organization.”
Laura and her husband moved to Bandera 4 years ago. They have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren. With a desire to contribute to her new community, Laura began volunteering at Helping Hands. She brings to her position as Assistant Director/Store Manager over 20 years of experience in management, sales and customer service and a wealth of business sense, responsibility and dedication.
Jesse Parks Executive Director
Jesse relocated from Corpus Christi, TX in 1995 and moved to the quaint Hill Country town of Medina, TX with dreams of establishing a Rescue Center for Teens. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, this dream was not fully developed. But good things did come out of this venture … attending one of Jesse’s bible study classes was a woman affiliated with Helping Hand. She recognized qualities in Jesse that would be beneficial for the future success of Helping Hand. The timing could not have been better, since the current Director was in the process of retiring. In 2000, Jesse was hired as the new Executive Director of Helping Hand.
With Jesse at the helm, she has since relocated Helping Hand (after the 2002 flood in Bandera) from the old location on Highway 16 North, to their current location of 1116 12th Street. Along with her daily duties, she is responsible for the Management of the Helping Hand Village of Hope; social intake, interviewing and counseling of candidates to qualify for services; daily accounting functions; Director of Programs; Public Relations Manager; and (last but not least) Volunteer Treasurer for the local Salvation Army.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Helping Hand. They do the work that keeps the center financially viable. They work in the Thrift Shop, Clothes Closet and Food Pantry, handling the intake and inventory of merchandise, sorting, stocking, displaying and assisting customers. In the Food Pantry, they unload the food from the Food Bank, help keep the shelves stocked and fill bags of food for our clients in need. Turnover is rare and currently we have 15 Volunteers who work at the center. If you’re interested volunteering, please phone for details….we can always use an extra set of hands!
The Bandera County Helping Hand envisions every individual and family residing in Bandera County with legitimate needs facing a crisis situation in their lives being enabled to overcome their difficulties to become self-sufficient with self-worth. We will accomplish this with services provided by Helping Hand, working together with public and private agencies, churches, and businesses located in the county.
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Hours of Operation:
Thrift Store : 9AM to 4PM Monday through Friday
Services: 9AM to 3PM Monday through Friday