In Spite of COVID-19, HPS Serves its Clients
Helping People Succeed (HPS) is a multi-faceted nonprofit recognizing many populations within our society by providing strength-based services that lead to self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and the ability to lead an everyday life. Much of the success of its programs is based on trusting relationships between programmatic staff and their clients.
So, taking things virtual when COVID-19 appeared on the scene could have been a daunting task. But, as it’s been doing for its 55-plus years on the Treasure Coast, Helping People Succeed not only rose to the occasion: it soared to it!
Baby Steps is an umbrella that includes several programs geared to making the parent/child experience a positive and healthy one. Establishing trust with an HPS professional allows the parents to gain skills and confidence.
When a young mom, home alone with 2-1/2-month-old twins while her husband worked out of town, took part in a video call and learned calming techniques for the cranky twosome as her Helping People Succeed “partner” demonstrated the necessary moves on a doll, her parenting took a giant leap forward.
Healthy Families is an evidence-based voluntary home visiting program that prevents child abuse and neglect in Florida’s highest risk families. Recently, a mom who was contacted to say there would be no in-person visits for the foreseeable future nervously confided she had no food. Within the hour, her Family Support Worker contacted a supporter of HPS was able to deliver food to the frightened family.
Community Connections offers individuals with disabilities training in life skills, education and opportunities that prepare them to be included in the community. Michaela Wood, a Music Therapy Major at FSU volunteered to teach a class to program participants. When the in-person program had to be suspended, Michaela and staff came up with fun activities to be done from the safety of participants’ homes. Along with music therapy, there are classes on safety, cooking, hygiene, vocational skills and exercise, as well as discussions with participants about how to stay healthy and active during this time – all being done virtually now.
The HPS after-school program continues to run virtually, as it helps students with credit retrieval so they can catch up to the grade they should be in. Staff works with students who have questions and are there virtually to celebrate their achievements.
Whatever the circumstances, Helping People Succeed continues to help its clients reach their full potential. Because much of their now-virtual work is being done with outdated computers and laptops.
Their job would be easier if more laptops were available. Consider donating your old one – the HPS IT guru will update and restore it to good working order for a deserving client.
For information on how to help, call Glenna Parris at 772-320-0778.