We need your help!

Helping Hand Developmental Center (HH) is a one of a kind developmental preschool for special needs children and their typical peers.  Helping Hand provides an inclusive setting for all children to learn with an emphasis on serving children with disabilities.  We provide speech, occupational & physical therapies as well as specialized instruction for 2-5 year old children in need.  HH serves children with Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, visual, hearing & speech impairments as well as others.  We serve children that others can’t!

HH has been in existence for 51+ years here in Henderson County.  Started as a volunteer group providing respite for parents of disabled children, it quickly grew to a 5 star licensed Developmental Preschool serving over 72 kids annually.  Over the years thousands of children have passed through our doors.

Last year we lost our home of 20 years at Blue Ridge Community College due to expansion of their programs.  Henderson County Schools stepped up and offered us a temporary home at Clear Creek and Edneyville Elementary schools.  They too are planning state mandated expansion of their classes forcing us to once again seek a new home.  

We have found an excellent opportunity in a long term lease at a great location.  This center would provide 9000 sq. feet of space to include: 5 classrooms (18 children each), 4 dedicated therapy spaces, office space, meeting room, as well as kitchen and storage.

Unfortunately the building does not meet NC day care requirements and requires renovations and a playground.  Community volunteers are already committed to this project!

All we need now is the funding!  This is where we need your help!  We have met with 4 licensed contractors and begun the bidding process.  The first proposal has come in and we need $267.000.  We are feverishly writing grants and fundraising but we still need $167,000.  

Can you HELP?  Will you HELP?  Imagine if your child, relative or friend had a child that needed to learn to communicate using assistive devices, was unable to say a word or put two words together in a sentence, can’t walk without assistance, can’t feed themselves, can't communicate their wants or needs without using sign language, can't ride a bike, can't skip or jump.  Where would you turn for help?  Please consider donating today,  and sharing this page. 

Without this facility our future is grim.  We will soon be homeless and hopeless, closing our doors forever.  We are the only Developmental Day Center in Henderson County and the only one to provide this service.  

Please give what you can.  No donation is too small and you will be making a difference in a child’s life for many years to come!

Help make a Difference!

Helping Hand Developmental Center