The Helping Hand Mission, Inc. opened its doors in the winter of 1972.
An article in a local newspaper printed a story of a homeless man who was found frozen to death due to the lack of sufficient winter clothing and no available shelter space. This article touched Mrs. Sylvia Wiggin’s heart and that winter she began “Operation Warm Clothing.” The program took-off and collection boxes were placed throughout the Triangle, collecting coats, blankets, hats, gloves and any warm article for needy adults and children.
So many families participated in this new program that the focus expanded into ways to provide “special services” to needy families with children, the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, and victims of disaster.
From its humble beginnings, the Helping Hand Mission, Inc. has grown into a vital source of help and relief for the downtrodden. Its doors are open 365 days per year to serve everyone regardless of race, creed, or color.