Helping Hand Ministries
About Helping Hand Ministries
Helping Hand Ministry, an outreach of First Presbyterian Church, combines ministry and mission by offering short-term assistance to Tulsans in need. Launched under the supervision of the First Church Deacons over 30 years ago, the Helping Hand Ministry has evolved into an independent not for profit corporation. Five mornings a week, from 9 a.m. to noon, compassionate volunteers help individuals and families dealing with a temporary crisis by assisting in the payment of their utility bills, rent, or prescriptions and with the distribution of food from the pantry.
Helping Hand has no paid staff or operating expenses—every dollar donated is disbursed in aid of the ministry’s clients. First Presbyterian Church provided ongoing financial support as well as building space in the Bernsen Community Life Center.
Supporting Helping Hand
Designated gifts may be made to Helping Hand through First Presbyterian Church, memo: Helping Hand. Gifts may be made online by credit card or as checks mailed or delivered to the church offices.
Every year, in early fall, First Presbyterian Church also hosts the Helping Hand Golf Tournament. Sign up to have some fun and support this great local ministry!
- Assistance is given from 9 a.m. until noon, or until the daily allotment of funds runs out. Clients are served on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive early. A line forms outside our location at 700 S Boston Ave.
- Everyone will be asked to present a picture ID and Social Security documentation—preferably as a Social Security Card. The person whose name appears on the bill must be the one presenting it for payment.
- We are here to help you over a short-term crisis with assistance in one of the following areas:
- overdue utility bills (utility cut off notice required)
- back rent (notice to vacate on property letterhead required)
- prescription medications (valid prescription required)
- food from our pantry (social security card required)
- We help in ONE area of assistance only
- We are able to help a family just once in 12 months for utilities or rent. If you have been here two years in a row, we ask that you wait 24 months before returning.
- We are able to provide food from our pantry at six month intervals—but we are unable to give other assistance at the same time. If we assist four times over a two year period, we ask that you wait 24 months before returning.
- The amount of assistance will be decided on an individual basis. Some of your needs will be more than the amount set by our guidelines, and you will be asked to find a way to pay the balance. We will do our best to direct you to other agencies for additional help.
- We have a daily allotment of funds. A Volunteer will notify you when we are about to run out of money for the day, and you will be encouraged to return early the next morning.
- Please have your bill, your ID, and your SS card ready to present at the intake desk and keep it out for the interviewer. We will not talk to you or process your request if your disconnect or eviction amount is over $200, unless you have additional receipts or vouchers. You will be seen first by an interviewer to determine your eligibility, and if you meet our requirements, you will them be sent to talk with a counselor. The counselor verifies the amount owed and then determines what assistance will be given to each client.
- We appreciate your patience.