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Helping Hands moves to bigger, safer location (4 photos)

'I feel like I just won the lottery and I didn’t even buy a ticket,' says Helping Hands founder Wendy Gutcher

Helping Hands is excited to begin providing services out of its new home on Wellington Street West.

After facing limited space constraints and numerous break-ins at their former Gore Street location, the volunteers with one of the Sault’s biggest non-profits couldn’t be happier about moving into a new facility.

The former Steelton Chapel at 346 Wellington St. W. will provide Helping Hands with a considerable amount of extra space so they can continue to meet the growing demands of the community.

The move was a long-time coming for Helping Hands founder Wendy Gutcher and her team, and she’s beyond grateful for this new opportunity.

“I feel like I just won the lottery, and I didn’t even buy a ticket,” she said. “Without the community, Helping Hands would never be so successful.”

Gutcher says on top of the work they already do for the less fortunate, she’s looking forward to running events now that they have more room.

The new location will soon include a basement, which Gutcher says opens the door to a variety of fundraising possibilities like pancake breakfasts, pasta suppers, bingos, and even barbeques outside.

Gutcher started the initiative out of her home in 2013, building the service from the ground up into what it is today.

For the past nine years, Helping Hands has been collecting, organizing, and providing those in need with free items such as clothes, household items, and other essentials.

Free parking is available on-site, and public access to the store is available at the front of the building, while the donation drop-off is located at the back.

Helping Hands is looking for volunteers over the summer, and there are two vacant board of director positions available as well.

Interested candidates are encouraged to forward their resumes to [email protected], and those looking to volunteer can reach Gutcher at 705-943-8363.


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