鈥淭hank you so much for all your assistance. I appreciate all your organization does for the hemophilia community.

-Helping Hands recipient, 2012

“In late July, a single mom with two young children was referred to Helping Hands to assist in paying her rent after a recent hospitalization of her son with moderate hemophilia A. At the beginning of July, applicant鈥檚 son received a scheduled surgery but experienced complications that cause him to be hospitalized for several days. The applicant, who had used all of her paid leave, was required to take unpaid leave in order to care for her son. Applicant鈥檚 income was significant affected, and she found herself short on paying their rent. She asked for Helping Hands assistance so she can get back on her feet and keep a roof over her family鈥檚 head. Applicant also made arrangements to get more work hours so she can bring in extra income in preparation for any unexpected events in the future.”

–聽Lauren Neybert, HFA Programs Manager

About HFA鈥檚 Helping Hands Program:聽Helping Hands_Housing

Helping Hands聽is a unique financial assistance program that provides individuals and聽families within the bleeding disorders community with basic living expenses. It聽was designed to be a rapid, non-invasive, temporary resource for emergency situations聽and provide a foundation for future financial stability.

In 2013, Helping Hands assisted聽242 households聽and distributed over聽$95,000 in direct aid to families in the bleeding disorders community!聽Of those 242 households helped in 2013, we assisted 68聽聽families/individuals聽with their housing expenses.

History of Helping Hands:

In 1997, HFA started the Helping Hands program when it noticed there was an unmet聽need within the bleeding disorders community. Initially, the assistance provided was in聽a compassionate nature rather than financial assistance. Assistance included a Nintendo聽for a co-infected young patient to find joy in his last days, a catered dinner for a man who聽wanted to do something nice for his wife who took care of him while single handedly supporting聽the family, and movie tickets for a family to 鈥済et away鈥 from the daily struggles聽of doctors鈥 appointments and infusions. Over the years, Helping Hands evolved into a聽program providing assistance with basic living expenses for individuals and families 聽experiencing hardships related to their bleeding disorders.

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Help Us Help Others!聽

In 2014, HFA is hosting聽two Gears for Good bike rides聽to raise funds to support this critical community聽safety net. In June, riders rode along the Northern聽Rail Trail in New Hampshire for the inaugural regional Gears for Good bike ride. In the fall, the fourth聽annual Gears for Good bike ride from West Virginia聽to Washington, DC will take place September 26-28. In both bike rides, riders will have the opportunity聽to connect while raising awareness and funds聽for community members in need.

When you make a tax-deductible contribution of聽$25 or more to support this critical cause,聽you will be entered into a raffle to win a free trip (airfare and hotel paid for) to Symposium 2015 in St. Louis!聽Note: the winner will be announced in October.


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