Our mission is to provide a safe, pleasurable, sociable, educational and stimulating program experience for the mentally and physically disabled individuals we serve.
Helping Hands, Inc. offers programs to persons with intellectual disabilities who are mentally and physically challenged. Our programs are designed around each individual’s needs and implemented in the least restrictive environment for the safety and well being of the individual.
Our goal is to maximize the person’s skills and abilities to his or her fullest potential in order to prepare and assist them for living within their community. Our programs encourage individuals to grow in self-assurance and respect while enjoying their rehabilitations, residential, vocational and recreational experiences.
For over thirty years, Helping Hands has been providing support services for individuals and families impacted by physical and intellectual disabilities. Because we are a small agency, we take pride in our ability to pay attention to the individual needs of each of our clients and in developing a partnership with families, providers, vendors, funding sources and our community.
No person evaluated and found capable of benefiting from our vocational, social or recreational programs is ever turned away because of race, color, creed, national origin, political affiliation, sex or handicap.
Helping Hands is Supported by:
- PA Office of Developmental Programs
- United Way of Boyertown
- Charitable Giving
- Fees for Service
2021-2022 Holiday Closures
- July 4, 2022 – Independence Day
- September 5, 2022 – Labor Day
- November 24, 2022 – Thanksgiving Day
- November 25, 2022 – Thanksgiving Friday
- December 26, 2022 – Day after Christmas
- January 2, 2023 – Day after New Year’s Day
- January 16, 2023 – Martin Luther King Day
- February 20, 2023 – President’s Day
- April 7, 2023 – Good Friday
- May 29, 2023 – Memorial Day
- June 19, 2023 – Juneteenth
DAY PROGRAM WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS FOR STAFF TRAINING
- September 12, 2022
- April 24, 2023
Helping Hands Agency History
Helping Hands started in 1976 as a support group for parents of developmentally disabled children. Due to the lack of services in the area, these parents joined together and provided a Summer Camp Program for 20 of their own children.
Two camp sessions later, in 1978, Helping Hands became official. It is incorporated as a private, nonprofit agency and received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. Both events occurred because of increased interest and need to provide programs for handicapped individuals in the Upper Montgomery County area.
1978 also saw the beginning of the agency’s Adult Socialization Recreation Program, which provides opportunities to developmentally disabled adults to participate in integrated community recreational activities by attending local events like Philadelphia Phillies games, dinner shows and museums. Consumers broaden their experiences and acquire improved social skills and behaviors. By attending the program, each Consumer improves the skills necessary to function in the community at large.
In July of 1983, due to a pressing need in the area for vocational rehabilitation of developmentally disabled adults, Helping Hands, Inc. started its Training and Industrial Enterprise Program. This program provides instruction to severely and moderately disabled adults in pre-job and job skills. The goal for each individual is for him or her to reach their maximum vocational potential and hopefully attain an independent job in the community.
In February of 1998, in response to the growing concern of the aging of individuals with developmental disabilities, we opened a new licensed Aging Program to provide services for those individuals over the age of 60. This program is available for non-handicapped adults as well as those with developmental disabilities.
In July 1999 we expanded our menu of services by having Macoby Creek Center, Inc join Helping Hands. Macoby Creek Center is our first step into providing residential services in our community. In June 2000 we opened Hanover Square, our second home, in April 2002, our third home, Charlotte Corner, in November 2005, Serenity Drive became our fourth home and in 2010, we opened our fifth home, Maugers Mill. In 2017, we added Rambler Avenue as our sixth home.
Helping Hands provides services to over 300 developmentally disabled persons and their family members.
Our continuing mission is to develop and provide quality programs to meet the special needs of the handicapped individuals within our community service area.
The agency’s Sheltered Workshop (WAC), Adult Daycare Program (ATF), and Residential Community Homes, are funded primarily through a combination of state and federal monies. Rates for reimbursement are set by the PA Office of Developmental Programs.
Fees for our Social and Recreation Program (S/R) are private pay and subsidized by our United Way support and agency fundraising activity. Our S/R Program activity costs generally range from $10-$50 per event. The Summer Vacation Program fees are established annually based on budgetary consideration.
Contact the office for current weekly rates. In addition, qualified individuals and families may qualify for funding support through the state and federal waiver program. Individuals and families should contact their supports coordinator for more information.
Special Needs Trust
Helping Hands Special Needs Pooled Trust allows people with disabilities to set aside funds for extra, quality-of-life needs without jeopardizing Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid benefits or services.
“Helping Hands has helped our daughter by providing social and recreational activities that she enjoys, and we are grateful that such an organization exists in our community.”
“It was a GREAT summer season for Jeff with Helping Hands, and yes, he wants to repack all his clothes again to be ready for next year! Everyone there is awesome and please thank all the staff for us.Take care….see you next season!”
“Our family member lived a long and enjoyable life in the care of these wonderful people. We lost him during covid and they just shared their love for him through a thoughtful and delightful service. So grateful!”
“Wonderful people taking care of others..great place.”
“Very helpful, loving people with their clients and the community.”
“A wonderful organization with cheerful and dedicated staff. They’ve been a Godsend to our family.”