Helping Hand of Hope announces capital campaign

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Money to go toward construction of new building

By Sarah Bennett

Though a “for sale” sign still sits at the corner of Hutcherson Lane and South Wilson Road, Helping Hand of Hope is making strides to construct its new headquarters on the 1.8-acre parcel of land.

The nonprofit purchased the land for $150,000 — the same price at which it sold its previous offices in the former First Presbyterian Church building to Elizabethtown — and on Monday, it an-nounced a capital campaign to raise money for a new building.

During an announcement Monday morning at John Hardin High School, Executive Director David Dozer said the organization’s goal is to raise $900,000.

Helping Hand of Hope Board Chairman John Wright said the organization has been silently raising money over the last year and has collected about 60 percent of the $900,000 goal.

With more than half of the money already available, the nonprofit is turning to the community to gather the remaining $351,000, Dozer said.

“It’s so important the message that comes out of here today is a campaign of hope,” he said.

Dozer presented a “dollar-a-day campaign” initiative. If 275 residents donated a dollar a day over a period of 3.5 years, Helping Hand of Hope would reach its capital campaign goal, he said.

The proposed facility is about 10,000 square feet, Dozer said.

Located about two blocks from John Hardin High School, the building would be in between Elizabethtown and Radcliff so the organization could continue to serve both ends of the county effectively, he said.

Currently, Helping Hand of Hope operates two facilities — one at 141 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown and another at 620 S. Wilson Road in Radcliff.

Consolidating into one building would save the nonprofit about $75,000 a year in overhead costs, Dozer said. That money could be used to assist clients instead of paying rent, he said.

About two years ago, Helping Hand of the Heartland and North Hardin HOPE merged at the suggestion of United Way to create Helping Hand of Hope, a single agency that serves the entire county.

The nonprofit assists its clients with clothing, food and furniture needs, financial assistance, budget support and job preparedness.

Anyone interested in making a donation to Helping Hand of Hope’s capital campaign can contact David Dozer at (270) 769-3092.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@


Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.