Hand Up Network™ Receives Major Donation for Program Expansion

TYLER, Texas, February 2, 2022– Hand Up Network™, an East Texas-based nonprofit, announced today that they have received a Donation of $300,000 to continue support of their current Programs and a soon to be launched, Immigration Program. HUN serves East Texas in a variety of ways through their Victim Services, Mentoring, Retail Training, and Response Teams. It was through this continued work that they have seen a major need for the addition of the Immigration Program.

“Many of our Clients are new to our community from other parts of the world.  Most are here to become good citizens and contribute in a positive way to the success of East Texas. Unfortunately, there are times when they need a “Hand Up”. We have found as we help them along this journey that they needed additional access to information, training, and services to give them the tools to be successful. We are blessed beyond measure to have been given this gift that will help make that happen!” stated Sam Smith, CEO of Hand Up Network.

The Immigration Services Program will integrate seamlessly within the Hand Up Network Program Matrix. An example of some of the new services that will be provided are educational classes in Civics, ESL, FASFA, Citizenship, Mental Health Support, etc. The classes will be taught by Hand Up Network Staff, Volunteers, and network affiliated partners across the region.

The Donor who has requested privacy and seeks to remain anonymous asked that the following statement be released with this announcement:

“I believe in the work that is being done at Hand Up Network. I’m concerned with the direction of our society and feel that the best course of action is to support those in the local community that are providing the guidance and help to those that want to work towards a better life for themselves and their families. I have seen no better example of this than what Hand Up Network has accomplished in this region. It is my hope and request that this donation will serve as a stimulus to everyone in East Texas to pay attention to the work they are doing. Learn about them, donate, volunteer, and join with this amazing team to make East Texas a better place!”

Hand Up Network recently released their 2021 Impact numbers and have set another record for service to the people of East Texas touching the lives of right at 60,000 people. This despite the continued challenges of the pandemic, natural disasters, etc. In just over 3 years, the organization has directly impacted over 137,000 people across the region through their various programs.

About Hand Up Network™:

HAND UP NETWORK™ is a 501c3 non-profit based in Tyler, TX.  The Network offers long-term programs to people seeking a new season in life and response teams designed to address community issues and emergency response.  They are not a welfare organization but come alongside people that are serious about changing their lives for the better.  The harder you work towards your own success, the harder Hand Up Network will work alongside you!  The Hand Up Network was awarded the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency and a National Top-Rated Nonprofit for 2021!