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Jan 25, 2018

Hand in Hand Opens New Office

Hand in Hand Ministries is known for building houses in three days, but their own headquarters took them a lot longer – three years and counting. And today they proudly showed off the two storey building to invited guests and media. The organization is now able to house all their programs under one roof. The forty-by-ninety building houses a day care, nurses center, pre-school, interview area and educational center for the Building for Change Program, counseling room, educational center and a tutoring room for scholarship recipients. The building costs around half a million dollars and donations were made possible through the Hand in Hand Ministries in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s how that opening went today.

 

Bernard Panton

Bernard Panton, Director of Building for Change Program, Hand in Hand Ministries

“Today is a very happy day for us because it is the day that we are dedicating our new building. The name of the building is Fowler Community Center and it is being dedicated in his name.”

 

Abel Vargas, Director of Operations, Hands in Hands Ministries

“We wanted to be in one home and so far the building has cost us a little over half a million Belize dollars. Why it has taken us so long, is really because we have been doing it with volunteer work; the whole labour faction is almost free, right.”

 

Abel Vargas

Bernard Panton

“This building has brought all our programs together. We have the building for change, the education program, and we have the outreach program. So, those programs are all in different locations and now we are all in one building. All our resources are together. We are one big family. That helps us to move better and the programs overlap.”

 

Abel Vargas

“What this means to us is that we yes we are committed and we are here for the long haul.  A lot of the people that we help think oh you guys just come in help us and then leave. No, we are not going to abandon the people that we need to empower.  This is a very good day for us at hand in hand. It is a testament of our duty and obligation to serve those in most need. We are God-centered. We are faith based. God leads and we follow. We pray hard and dream big. It surely was an impossible dream. When you stand here and see the bush and the swamp, it was like impossible; we would never get it done. But we prayed hard and this is a testament that God answers prayers.”

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