The Helping Hand Home is a loving home environment for neglected, abandoned, and abused children. It has been in existence since 1893. It was begun by an Austin woman who was moved by a newspaper article about an abandoned baby left at the Austin train station. She enlisted the help of her friends to start the home so there would be a place for the children who had no one to care for them. The Austin community has joined in and donated time, talents, and money to keep this home running. The goal of the home is to restore each child to a healthy home setting. It has a charter school for specialized education for 24 children, as well as a Foster Care program, and also an Adoption Agency. It is located at 3804 Avenue B in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The home serves children from birth through 18 years of age. I have served on it’s Board of Directors and personally know how valuable this home is for these precious children. There are many ways you can become involved. The home can always use volunteers, foster parents, or adoptive parents. One of the easiest ways to help is by making a charitable contribution. It also holds several events throughout the year for your participation.