Mama J's Helping Hand - A Hand up not a Hand out

About Us

We depend of many volunteers to help us with our Mama J's Soup Kitchen,  Food Pantry, Clothes and Household Items and the Community Resource Center. 

The ministry also depends on the generosity of the local community for  food of all varieties, clothing for all ages and sizes, all types of household items, daily necessities, and, of course, monetary donations. We reach over 1000 people per month and it is our goal to reach more in 2015!

Mama J’s Helping Hand was started in 2010 in the living room of local Sneads Ferry resident Jeanette Lopez -  affectionately known as "Mama J." As a mother to four young adolescents, Mama J started by helping young pregnant girls who felt they had nowhere else to turn.  She offered them a listening ear, guidance, access to helpful resources and a caring heart.  As friends heard about what she was doing, they began making donations of needed items for the mothers and their infants. The more involved she got in the ministry, the more people came to her for help - people with all types of needs.  Mama J knew there was a tremendous need for an outreach program in the small village of Sneads Ferry. In 2012, she took action and with the help of committed volunteers and other supporters, the organization became an an official 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. 

The Renovation
In 2014, the Board of Directors, along with a dedicated group of volunteers and donors, completed a renovation to the current Mama J's Helping Hand location at 2205 Highway 172 in Sneads Ferry. The renovation allows for the ministry to serve more in our community in new and exciting ways. 

2015 Board of Directors
LT Susanna Sutherland - Board Chair
Jessica Brothers - Treasurer
Beth Ward - Secretary
Marcinda Clements
Ericka Foskey
Barrett Kahl

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