Inland charity offers ‘Helping Hands’ to those in need
More than 15 years ago, Robert “Bob” Sasser founded the Helping Hands Group, a charitable organization dedicated to identifying community needs and working to get them met.
After he was injured in a bad fall in 2007, which was followed by several surgeries and a couple of years in a wheelchair, Sasser found solace in his Christian faith and service to others.
“I went to work for the carpenter (Jesus) and have enjoyed every day of my life since then,” he said.
Helping Hands, which became a California Corporation in 2010 and a 501c3 charity in 2016, serves Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Perris and Hemet.
“Our group identifies community needs and then finds people that care about that need and want to serve,” he said. “We put them together and everyone wins.”
Recently, the organization teamed up with Canyon Lake Community Church, of which Sasser and his wife are members, to help make the holiday season a little brighter for a grandmother and her two grandchildren who were on the verge of homelessness.
Through the “A Home for Christmas” program, the charity and the church secured a recreational vehicle. Volunteers at the church offered to clean the RV inside and out, as well as provide the needed appliances, kitchenware and linens. The youth group pitched in by conducting a food drive to stock the cupboards.
“A Home for Christmas was planned to be a one-time event,” Sasser said. “However, before the program was completed, a second RV and a family in need were brought to our attention. We try to always remain open to the direction we are being led. Fortunately, we were able to meet that need also.”
Sasser said that in terms of homelessness, the charity has shifted its focus to prevention, adding that the homeless population Helping Hands serves is different […]