By Patrick Lacombe, The Belton Journal
More than 130 people turned out for Helping Hands Ministry’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon last Friday.
“This is a chance for all of our volunteers to come together in one place for us to say ‘Thank You’ for all their hard work and dedication to the community,” Kristen Bulgrien, a social
worker at Helping Hands, said. “Our volunteers are incredible, and we have such a strong and committed volunteer base.”
The attendees were treated to a baked potato and chili lunch complete with desserts prepared by Helping Hands volunteer Allyn Testroet. After lunch, Belton mayor Marion Grayson and
the Belton City Council were presented with the “Community Partner of the Year Award” for approving an ordinance regulating alternative financial services, such as payday loan agencies
and car title loan lenders, through the city’s zoning process.
At a City council meeting held on April 22, 2014, Rucker Preston, Executive Director of the Helping Hands Ministry, and two Helping Hands volunteers requested changes to the city ordinances regulating payday loans. Addressing the council, Rucker stated, “I’m in favor of the new ordinance. It is much needed and helps us to differentiate alternative financial services from banks or credit unions. I’ve seen this affect us at an organizational level. Many working class and middle class families have been tremendously affected, and stronger regulations are much needed in this city.”
Belton Mayor Marion Grayson expressed her appreciation toward Helping Hands Ministry saying, “Belton is very blessed to have Helping Hands in our community. It was started by churches interested in helping citizens with needs and they have done a wonderful job. They not only feed people, they help them.”
Helping Hands Ministry of Belton shares the Gospel of Christ Jesus while providing relief and resources to every family in need in the community.
Hours of Operation
Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 12 to 6 p.m.
The Ministry is located at 2210
Holland Road Belton, TX 76513
For more information, visit www.helpinghandsbelton.org or call (254) 939-7355.