Far too much has already been said on the situation with the new Helping Hands building on Line Street, but the libelous statements by Mrs. Williamson in last weeks Cadiz Record must be challenged.
I personally argued against removing the trees and shrubs in front of our building. Many ideas were discussed to solve the neighborhood parking problems, but the one suggested by the city and insisted upon by the Board of Adjustments was to take the trees down. Mrs. Williamson was at the meeting when this issue was discussed. Hopefully, in the near future, we can plant some shrubs to make things look better.
There are still two exits from the building. The bar on the old front door protects the food we have in the building, but, in case of fire, can be easily removed from the inside, as approved by the state building inspector.
To the best of my knowledge, Helping Hands has never refused to help any Trigg County resident who was a true need. But just as you sometimes have to punish a misbehaving child that you love, we have decided that, in a case where a client has been informed about parking restrictions and they block a driveway or mailbox, we will cut off our aid for a period of 6 months. We are doing this because of the strong pressure from the neighbors to control the parking. Hopefully, we will never have to follow through with this threat,
Our board and volunteers give of their time nights, weekends, and holidays when needed to help in emergency situations
$100,000+, I wish! All of the funds we collect go to further our efforts to help those in need. None of our board or volunteers are paid. Almost all of the work done on our buildings has been by volunteer labor. Our volunteers pay many of our day-to-day expenses. We strive to get as much real service to the community as we can. Helping Hands files a yearly informational return with the IRS, and a copy of this return, which documents our income and expenses, is available at our office when we are open.
By now we will have completed our move to our new home on Line Street. In spite of some of the hateful things that have been said about us, I hope we can solve problems with the neighbors as they arise, and in the end be a part of the neighborhood.
Phillip Graham, Helping Hands director