Helping Hands Ministry
Helping Hands Ministry’s vision is to eliminate all physical and spiritual poverty in East Bell County.
Helping Hands Ministry cultivates an environment in which individuals and families are empowered to work out of systemic poverty and toward wholeness, through ministries of relief, development, and advocacy.
Helping Hands Ministry was founded in 1995 by the Belton Ministers' Fellowship, an ecumenical gathering of local ministers, to serve the Belton community with a centralized food pantry. In the beginning, individuals from several local churches volunteered their time to serve 30 families in the basement of First United Methodist Church of Belton. The pantry later moved to First Christian Church in Belton, then eventually relocated to a house at 1009 West Avenue D. In November 2008, Helping Hands moved to its current location at 2210 Holland Road.
Today, Helping Hands continues to be supported by the Belton Ministers' Fellowship and 29 local churches of many denominations. Each month, Helping Hands provides support to over 3,000 of our neighbors through the weekly commitment of more than 85 volunteers and staff.
Prayer & the Holy Spirit — Nothing eternal can be achieved without the power of the Holy Spirit and the people of Helping Hands calling upon God for His divine leadership through prayer.
Dignity & Worth — All are treated with compassion and grace. Volunteers and staff demonstrate Christ’s love to everyone who enters the doors of Helping Hands Ministry.
Collaboration — Helping Hands Ministry is committed to walking alongside clients and with partnering churches, businesses, and community organizations to create sustainable solutions to problems of poverty and injustice in the community.
Speaking Against Injustice — It is the unapologetic conviction of Helping Hands Ministry to publicly speak with (and at times, for) our neighbors who are subject to unfair treatment and discrimination.
Statements of Faith
There is one God, forever existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus was fully human and fully God, born of a virgin, without sin, resurrected from death and is with The Father. He will return in glory at the end of this age.
Faith in Jesus, as the Savior of humanity, is the only means of salvation.
The Holy Spirit wholly changes all who repent of sin and follow Jesus, making them forever new in Christ through sanctification.
Jesus is the head of the Church, which is made of all of His disciples (with no regard to status, race, age, or ethnicity).
The Church is connected in and through Christ and is to work together to adore Him and share His truth and love.