HandUP Foundation

2016 Annual Report 

​"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, ​I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothing and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." 


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We have five paid directors here at HandUP Foundation, along with one volunteer director, and four other paid staff. 


We also partner with other agencies that send people to 

work at HandUP. In 2016 we had 16 paid staff from outside agencies. 

Our foundation is run primarily by volunteers. In 2016 we had approximately 350 volunteers. 

*All staff paid through the HandUP Foundation make less than $50,000 a year, which includes their benefit package.


In this report, we reflect on where we have been and where we are going as an organization following Jesus. HandUP seeks to have a spiritual and economic impact in the local community and its surrounding areas by offering help and hope to people in need.

We will revisit 2016 and also look ahead towards 2017.

A Message from the President: 

Greetings everyone,

    2016 was quite a year for HandUP! The need is great in our community for Assistance, Vehicles and Affordable Home Repairs for low income and fixed income home owners. We are delighted to share with you the “statistics’ of our year in serving those in need in the Susquehanna Valley. Statistics are great for measuring, but they do not tell the whole story – you cannot see the faces nor talk to the people who were assisted in just reading statistics, but we can say that there have been lots of happy faces this year as a result of meeting someone’s need and doing it out of a heart filled with love and compassion! I am most proud of our team in the way that they have served this past year – not just meeting the statistical goals, but “seeing” each person and caring for them in such a way that they know something is different about the people at HandUP! I hear often of the compliments to our staff for being “very friendly” and “so happy” and “giving me my dignity when I came in for help” and “they really listened to me – I wasn’t just a number” and “I never had anyone ask if they could pray for me before – I walked out feeling empowered”.

    So as you read the statistics – remember that these are real people in our community that are often invisible but were served well by the staff and volunteers at HandUP. I hope this report helps each of you know more about our organization and that we are not just a thrift store or a recycling center!

God bless,




Here at the HandUP Foundation, we offer many benevolence programs that help and assist our community. These programs consist of: 

  • Financial Assistance

  • Home Sweet Home 

  • Vehicle to Work 

  • Fire and Food Emergency 

  • Job Training 

In 2016, the HandUP Foundation assisted approximately 180 households. 

Within those households, HandUP gave $43,854 through the benevolence programs. 

Through other donations such as free items and clothing from the store, and emergency food baskets, HandUP gave approximately $20,800 in donations


The HandUP Foundation has a food bank that provided 9,363 people with food in 2016. 

HandUP pays approximately $250 a month, or $3,000 a year for utilities in the area the food bank is held.

HandUP made $75,300 from recycling in 2016. 

However, HandUP lost $38,700 from recycling expenses.


Also, in dumpster and landfill charges from what could not be recycled at the recycling center,  HandUP spent an additional $7,415.33.




TOTAL INCOME FOR 2016: $446,100



In August of 2017, HandUP Foundation will be adding the Renewed Hope Women's Home to the list of programs offered.

What is it? 


​It is a home to serve women in our community that need someone to mentor them in love.

It is our desire to improve the quality of our community by taking those who have been hurt by past

experiences that resulted in unhealthy circumstances in their lives.

The desire of Renewed Hope Woman’s Home is transformation by not only changing

their heart, but also educating them along the way. It is believed that a 30 day or even a 90 day

program is not enough time for true life change and so this program is 4-6 months long. 

Our Mission 


​To shelter, minister, model, encourage and equip women with the tools for personal growth while leading the lost to Christ’s love and acceptance.


Who are we called to assist? 

​19 year old teens who have “aged” out of foster care who have no place to live.


Those in other community programs that need more direct attention.


Women coming from other shelter 30 Day programs who are wanting a longer program to rebuild their lives.

Women who have been through  a difficult situation, and need/want a “reset” in life.​​​

Patti Snyder will be the director for the Renewed Hope Women's Home. 

Patti comes to HandUP with 22 years of experience in advocacy for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes. Her love and compassion for others provides the perfect fit for Renewed Hope Women’s Home. Patti biggest desire is to walk alongside with others and witness the transformation in their lives.

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty"
​ Psalm 91