Necessity Provides the Spark…
The first recorded mention of the well-known saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” comes from Plato’s Republic in about 369 A.D. This phrase has grown as a self-evident truth in our society – when a problem presents itself, something, or someone, will come along and accept the challenge to “invent” a way to address the “necessity.” While today, we may think of this process in terms of business, technology, or forms of entrepreneurship, the beginning of a little non-profit service agency in Pierce County certainly can fit in the same mold.
In early 1984, a woman took one of her regular trips to K-Mart on River Road in the Puyallup Valley. We’ve all been there – ready to shop for specific things or perhaps a few “not on the list” items we pick up along the way. However, upon her exit, this woman noticed a family sitting in their car – obviously not out for the day, but living as “residents” of the parking lot. While the details of Margie Addington’s initial conversation with that family have been lost to 34 years of history, we do know the spark of that initial interaction led to a fire in Mrs. Addington’s heart to serve those in need. What started out as Margie and a few dedicated members of Our Savior Lutheran Church pooling limited financial resources to rent a few apartments and homes to use for temporary shelter for families has grown into Helping Hand House – a regional movement of individuals, businesses, churches, and financial supporters passionate about sharing the hope of a better future with families experiencing life crisis. Today, we offer temporary housing and other housing solutions to families in our community through four (4) unique housing programs. In 2017, we will help over 120 families with children navigate their path from homelessness to signing a lease for their own housing unit, thus providing for them what most of us take for granted – a safe place to call home.
Helping Hand House remains deeply committed to the original vision of our founder Margie Addington: Provide urgent relief to the most vulnerable homeless population in Pierce County – families with children – while treating them with dignity and respect as we help them navigate their housing deficiency. We are proud of our storied history, our long-term partnerships with groups like the Puyallup South Hill Rotary Club, and our continued commitment to navigate the unforeseen changes in our culture, the economy, and the needs of families in need to ensure that we are on the forefront of serving those deserving a hope for a better future. Please enjoy perusing our website for information about our housing programs, opportunities to volunteer, and upcoming events and opportunities to support our agency.
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