Meal Train for

Helping Hands Main Shelter Evening Meal


Dates available

Posted 01/02/2020 by Tom Girard

A beloved &long time meal provider has given up her monthly spot due to her husband recovering from a medical procedure.I'm reaching out to our loyal,regular providers first & the dates are the second Thursdays of each month starting February 13,2020.Thank you for dedication to our agency.


Big News about Helping Hands

Posted 07/19/2019 by Yolanda Shelter Manager of

I think this email looks as though it's coming from Yolanda, but Erica (the director of Helping Hands) is writing it. After more than a year of planning, Helping Hands is proposing an re-imagination of shelter services that will help address homelessness in Springfield and Sangamon County and increase access to mental health, physical health, and community health services for everyone in our community. We are proposing to strategically partner with healthcare providers and other agencies to create a Center for Health & Housing to be located at 521 S. 11th Street. I am emailing you because you are a meal provider, and as such, you're an integral partner to our mission. Thank you for all you've done, and we hope you will support this re-imagination of our services to improve access to healthcare and housing for everyone. This Center is more than a "shelter." It strives to bring together a number of initiatives to provide substance abuse, mental health care, physical health care, and housing in an integrated fashion because these needs are all linked. The proposed services offered will be available to the entire community; not solely to people experiencing homelessness. It will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our goal is to open the shelter with support services by November. Other proposed services, including mental health care and detox, are currently being decided upon and we anticipate will be added throughout the following 15 months. All of this is in the planning and proposal stages. And yes, we already have people opposing the plan. That's where you come in. A town hall meeting will be held to discuss a proposal to create a Center for Health & Housing at 521 S. 11th Street. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club (300 S 15th St, Springfield, IL 62703). The goal of this Town Hall is to present the proposal to the community and listen to feedback/input to the plan. If you believe this proposal would be of value to our community, please consider attending the town hall. We also will be going before the zoning commission on August 21, and the City Council on September 17. Letters of support would be valuable as we make our case for this building and location. Another helpful action would be a phone call to City aldermen, the Mayor, and the Sangamon County Board Chair. Tell them you support a Center for Health & Housing to address the issue of homelessness in Springfield and our surrounding rural areas. If you have any questions, please contact me or Yolanda. We would even be happy to host an informational presentation for groups about the proposed Center if you would like us to come to your church or organization. Thank you for everything you do for the staff and clients at Helping Hands! Erica Smith



Posted 12/26/2018 by Yolanda Shelter Manager of

To All my Friends First of all, I APPRECIATE you all and finally the 2019 Meal Train Calendar is "FINISHED" and is up on the Meal Train..... So Please Please Please go on there and Book your date to provide a Hot meal to the guys here at the Helping Hands. Also I would like to inform you all that if you see a date that is NOT on the calendar "Don't Be Alarm" that date is already taken..... Happy Booking:} If you have any concerns or need help pertaining the Meal Train. Please feel free to contact me at 217-522-0048 ext 230 or email at Again thank you all so very much for your patience, Myself and the Team here at the HH appreciate you all.....Looking forward in seeing all your faces when you come here at the Helping Hands.... God Bless you all! Yolanda Shelter Manager


2019 Meal Train Calendar

Posted 11/20/2018 by Yolanda Shelter Manager of

Hello My Friends, I just wanted to update you all pertaining the 2019 Meal Train Calendar. I will be working on having the 2019 Meal Train Calendar up and running in about a week or two give or take. With Work, Meetings and preparing for this Thanksgiving Holiday the time just slipped by. I do Apologize! I would like to say again on behalf of Helping Hands we Appreciate each and every last one of you all and I am So Truly Blessed and Very Grateful for what you All do in giving you time and love for the guys here at the Shelter. (FYI) The guys look forward in having a meal at night here at the Shelter. I just Can't say it enough, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.... I look forward in seeing each of you ALL in 2019......GOD Bless you Guys Abundantly!!! Yours Truly, Your Shelter Mg/Meal Coordinator Yolanda


Enough Food for 50 men's Please.....

Posted 10/22/2018 by Yolanda Shelter Manager of

To ALL my Friend Provider's, First I would like to let you all know here at Helping Hands we are so Grateful and Appreciate all of you. Well lately because of the Cold Weather we have been having we have had to turn away 4 or more guys because of the bed space here at the Helping Hands. Myself and the other Shelter Manager Tom have agreed to except 2 or 3 extra mats to accommodate two or three extra men just until Nov 1 when the Winter Warming Center open's. So i am emailing and asking could you make sure the meals you guys are providing will be enough to feed 50 guys. As Always Thank You for being a Blessing and for Blessing us here at the HH. Yolanda M Shelter Manager/Meal Organizer


Immediate need -- Friday, October 19

Posted 10/19/2018 by Yolanda Shelter Manager of

I'm looking for someone who is not busy right now and has a truck. We have three guys at the shelter over, and no mats for them. If you could take 10 minutes to meet me at 1015 E. Madison, we could transport three mats to Helping Hands at 1023 E. Washington. There will be three people (and me) who would be very grateful! It will take all of 10 minutes to accomplish. Please text me at 217-416-5194 if you are out and available tonight. Thank you! Erica Smith Director, Helping Hands