Helping That Helps

“A community of adults who help one another with compassion, mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance help develop generations of children who demonstrate the same compassion, mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance. It is a dignity model that empowers a community of people.”

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When does helping help? When does helping hurt? Helping that helps commands a mutual respect and concern where the people we feel a sense of acceptance and wholeness rather than feel a sense of brokenness. Helping that helps creates a sense of togetherness and breeds joy and happiness among all.

Helping that helps is not only about our response to people’s need for food, money, clean water, medicine, and housing. It is also about our response to people’s feelings of shame, inferiority, powerlessness, hopelessness, voicelessness, isolation, despair, and humiliation.

Helping that helps is demonstrated through the following practices:

Respect:                     We seek to understand before being understood.

Integrity:                   We apply the highest standards to our work.

Teamwork:               We value our differences.

Trust:                          We trust our partners.

Solution Focus:      We focus on solutions.

Sacrifice:                   We place others before self.