The History of How The Help Center Came to Be
“The poor we shall always have with us, but why the hungry”? –John Van Hengel
Today Joe Durbin can still recall something his dad always said to him as a small boy, “Help people when you can. If you don’t, it’s immoral.” At the time it was just words of an adult, but that simple sentence sparked an idea in Joe, he just didn’t know it yet.
Joe went into the Navy and saw poverty across the world. He eventually retired and started a horse shoeing business. He had seen the need for helping Henry Countians with food. Financially he could survive if he gave up half of his business and that is what he did. Joe approached the Methodist Church and together they made Joe Durbin’s idea a reality.
Knowing he wanted to provide more than food, the name Henry County Help Center was born. The first month in one room of the church, 222 people were helped. Now, the HCHC serves more than 1500 people during any given month.
The HCHC offers many programs to help the resident’s of Henry County. Not only does the Center provide food, but it also helps find local services for other necessities such as health care, employment, and other various supplies. This offers the community, local schools, and businesses an opportunity to get involved by financial donations as well as to volunteer their time.
When asked what is the hardest thing running the center? Joe answers, “It’s hard getting paid help, but it’s even harder to get volunteers. The second hardest thing is fundraising. There are so many worthy charities to give to we run thin on things at times”.
For the future, Joes would like to create a suicide hotline and offer people a chance to sign up for a Kentucky prescription medication program, and a storage or warehouse. Joe looks to the future and hopes to make the Henry County Help Center bigger, not fading away.
In 2015, the HCHC received Agency of the Year from Dare to Care Food Bank which only proves that dreaming big pays off.
The Henry County Help Center hours are:
Thursday from 11:00am–5:15pm
Friday (new sign ups only) 1:00 pm:—2:00 pm:
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!
Charles Clark, from Lock Port Baptist, says “He is down for the cause” and will be cutting his hair and shaving with Joe.
VOLUNTEER BECAUSE – WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!
WHO IS THE REAL JOE DURBIN?
This is Joe Durbin. He is the Director of the Henry County Help Center. The Center is holding a fundraiser “Cut Joe’s Hair”!!! If they raise $5,000 he will cut his beard. If they raise $10,000 he will cut his beard AND his hair!! Pledge totals are currently at $500! If you have questions please contact Ruth Rockwell @ 502-817-1800 Help out your community and CUT JOE’S HAIR!
You may also write a check out to the center, write at bottom what it is for (haircut) send to HCHC, 4844 North Main St. Eminence Ky.or Go to any United Citizens Bank, tell the teller you want to make a donation on a fundraiser for Joe’s haircut. You can also use PayPal or contact Joe Durbin
(1-502-777-0970)or give him the check or money when you see him. All money goes to restock out shelves at the Center. Thank you
April – 24 – 2015
The winner of the 2015 Bobby Ellis Agency of the Year Award is:
Henry County Help Center
In less than two years, the Henry County Help Center has become an inspiring model network of pantries serving an entire rural county with many challenges. With seven sites throughout the county, the Henry County Help Center served 12,385 people in 2014 and has created an inclusive and compassionate environment for people to access countless services in addition to help with food. Pantry Coordinator, Joe Durbin, and his tireless army of dedicated volunteers are examples in action of our shared mission to conquer the cycle of need. No opportunity has gone explored, no possible donor or service provider has been left untapped. Dare to Care is honored to recognize Henry County Help Center for the leadership and ownership it has demonstrated to become the first line of defense for hunger relief in its community.
International House of Prayer
Our role is to love and serve others with humility rather than trying to analyze their situations or judging and criticizing them.
I must say this is what we do at the Henry County Help Center, Joe Durbin would not have it any other way.