Helping Hands honors supporters on April 26

Helping Hands Against Violence program says thank you on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar, honoring those who have been by Helping Hands’ side in serving survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

This year’s special honorees include White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro, Double Mountain Brewing, and Hood River Massage.

“It takes a village and somehow our community continues to find wonderful, personalized ways to make a difference throughout the entire year,” said Executive Director Stephanie Irving. “This party, a free event, is to thank everyone for their generosity. This evening of honors is Helping Hands way of thanking you for helping them — in so many different ways — to help survivors every day.”

Eight members of Lions spent a recent Saturday fixing the shelter’s play structure. Last month, Knot Another Hat recognized Women’s Day by honoring the work of Helping Hands with a portion of their proceeds. Last year, the Gorge’s Women’s Track Club donated its weekly dues to support survivors. AniChe Cellars supported the non-profit with their Día De La Morte celebration. Soroptimists spiffed up one of the organization’s transitional housing units. And Tropical Illusion hairstylists transformed a few survivors who landed job interviews. These are just a few ways organizations which have helped Helping Hands to fill the never-ending holes in the budget.

Irving said Helping Hands spends on average about $119 per day to support one family — everything from supplies to advocates, utilities to food, phones to transportation. About 60 percent of Helping Hands’ budget comes from federal and state grants, but that means $47 per day (times six families) needs to come from somewhere else. “Every dollar, every haircut, every kitchen pot makes a difference,” she said.

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