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Together We Can

Make a Difference!

Helping Hand is fortunate to have such willing partners, volunteers and donors that make all of this possible for our Bandera County families!

All of our Services...

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The Food Pantry offers short term assistance to families who do not have food in the house. Food is donated by individuals and purchased from the San Antonio Food Bank. Donated items are welcomed (and very much appreciated!) from the public.
The Clothes Closet provides good clothes at no cost to those in need. In times of personal disaster (fire, flood, etc.) clients are allowed to choose their own wardrobes. Volunteers sort donated clothing to be placed in the Clothes Closet.
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Consultation and Referral Services
These services are provided at the time when the immediate crisis has passed and families are finding their way back to a normal life. Services may be provided by referring the individual or family to another agency.
The consulting component of our services include teaching good parenting and other life skills, creating and managing a budget, preparing for job interviews, providing nutritious meals on a budget, etc.
Visual Aid Program
This program pays for eye exams and glasses for children upon the recommendation of a school nurse. 
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Utility Assistance Program
 This program served approximately 200 families last year. The program provides utility assistance of up to $100 a year or 100 gallons of propane to clients in a cut-off situation. 
Household Goods
This program works like the Clothes Closet; donated items are stored until they are needed by families in distress. They may receive anything from a bed and a dresser to a houseful of furniture, dishes, kitchen items, blankets, etc. The number of people served varies upon the number and seveerity of natural disasters in the are. 
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School Supply Program
 This program provides vouchers for families unable to buy the items on the required list of school supplies.
Medical Assistance Program
This program pays for prescription medications on an emergency
basis and provides loaned medical equipment for clients who
cannot afford them.
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Arthur Nagel Community Clinic
 This program provides basic health care to uninsured or under-insured adults with low income families.