Hands’ 1st Annual Champions Breakfast
On Wednesday, November 14th, members of the Hands community gathered at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood to be filled in so many ways.
The event program informed and inspired the crowd as Founder and CEO Dan Georgopulos conveyed details about Hands successes and blessings. First came the announcement of a significant new partnership with Mile High United Way and their 211 service. The local partnership will assist the women Hands serves during the qualification process and offer access to other services 211 offers. He also outlined the anticipated growth in Hands services by indicating that by 2022 Hands will increase from serving about 250 women this year to over 1000. He noted an important step towards that growth will occur this month as Hands repair shop, Hands Automotive, will no longer do repair work for the general public. This will enable Hands to schedule more repairs for women in need and efficiently prepare donated cars for use.
The morning just got better as Client Services Manager, Juli Hobin, invited Hands’ client, Shannon, to share her story. She moved to Colorado, was alone and her car broke down. Shannon was referred to Hands for assistance by her employer (CCU). That story was followed by a Facebook livestream video. Attendees watched live on screen as Hands client Jean and her one-year-old daughter opened their eyes and saw the car they were receiving with a big red bow! The video of the car placement can still be seen on Hands’ Facebook page.
The event wrapped up with a call to action. Development Manager Daniel Mondragon thanked the attendees for taking the time to celebrate 15 years of service to the community, successes and goals accomplished, and most importantly lives changed. He then noted that Hands is striving to raise $90,000 in gifts and pledges by year-end. It was a fitting time to gather a week before Thanksgiving. The hall was filled with gratitude for the Champions in the room and the hundreds more who have joined Hands to assist single women in need as they maintain employment, care for their children, and stay on the road towards self-sufficiency.