Who We Are
Brandy Aschliman was led, by God, to open a Pregnancy Resource Center in Wells County. She would take the next year and form a steering committee which began making the calling a reality.
The vision for Helping Hands came to life! A Board of Directors was elected, voting Brandy in as the Executive Director. Together, they formulated a list of potential names for the organization they knew would soon be coming to Wells County. To be honest, this was one of the hardest challenges in the whole process. Brandy ended up deciding on the name on her way to meet with the lawyers! Then in June, a location was secured in Bluffton; after six months of remodeling the doors opened in January 2013.
God began bringing the idea of a second location to Blackford County. The Lord continued to reveal the need in Blackford County, but despite the search for a location, nothing seemed like the right fit. And then on November 24, 2015 God moved individual’s hearts and granted Helping Hands a building and an ultrasound machine in Montpelier; Renovations began right away and the second Helping Hands opened in May 2016 serving women and their families in the Blackford County area.
Helping Hands celebrated a wonderful ten years! And while we started out as a crisis pregnancy center, we have evolved into so much more over the last decade. Our programs and services have an appreciation for life that extends beyond a pregnancy and birth. We have adopted a whole-family approach, serving the mother, father, and child (no matter the age) through education, community groups, children's programming, material assistance, goal-setting, medical services and more.
Helping Hands experienced quite a bit of change! In the beginning of the year, Helping Hands’ founder and Executive Director, Brandy Aschliman, decided to step down from her leadership role with the organization. While it’s impossible to quantify all the ways Brandy has influenced our community, her investment of time and talent has prepared Helping Hands to move forward with confidence! With that being said, Kylie Tomlin stepped in as the next Executive Director in February! During the spring, the decision was made to centralize Helping Hands' offices and have one center based in Bluffton; however, their mission remained the same to continue serving Adams, Allen, Blackford, Huntington, and Wells County, plus more! Exciting things that happened in 2023: We received a BRAND NEW ultrasound machine from PreBorn Ministries! Our Registered Nurse performed 64 ultrasounds, a 120% increase from last year. We served 382 free lunches in Montpelier! We had 19 families complete and graduate from Parenting in Progress. Our MomTime community group had an attendance of 225, a 14% increase from last year. We taught 228 Blackford Middle Students about healthy relationships and choices. We had 119 material assistance visits. We hired four more employees. Our 170 volunteers logged over 2,100 hours! We received $13,251.00 in grant funding. AND we had 570 people attend our fundraising events, in addition to the 92 bows bought during our Annual Bow Campaign and $9,000+ in change collected through the Baby Bottle Campaign. What a year!
As we step into 2024, we are feeling excited at all that God has in store and found it fitting for our verse of the year to be Proverbs 19:21, "“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” We have no doubt that throughout this year, God is going to show up in BIG ways! And this year, we are adding a couple new additions: we are now offering Couple’s Coaching, Spark & Embark and we have initiated a “Compass Program,” where clients can earn credits for going to professional counseling. In addition, the Helping Hands’ store (what used to be called boutique) encompasses so much more than baby items; we offer feminine hygiene products, books, Bibles, men’s tools, kids clothes sizes premie-12, and more! We are looking forward to our Registered Nurse getting certified in Childbirth Education in February and Erin, our Children’s Program Director, getting accreditation through KidMin Academy in November!
Helping Hands is a multi-faceted organization who builds relationships through education, medical services, & advocacy.
In our community, Helping Hands strives for healthier pregnancies, self-sufficient families & in return a stronger community in the name of Christ.
Our Five Core Values:
Life - Helping Hands values every life of the born and unborn.
Relationships - Investing in relationships is the utmost priority.
Compassion - Circumstances do not change someone's value.
Unity - We are a diverse group of people with a shared purpose.
Excellence - We put our best effort in how we perform our roles.
Our programs and services have an appreciation for life that extends beyond a pregnancy and birth but are designed to initiate and build relationships with women, men and their children of all ages. We desire abundant life (John 10:10) for those we serve: basic needs are met, positive relationships, healthy pregnancies and children, life-affirming choices, and most importantly - eternal hope.