Boca Raton, FL, May 24, 2019 – Boca Helping Hands announced today that the late Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. left the organization just over $1 million ($1.063M) in his estate as a Legacy Gift to its endowment fund, intended to help ensure the organization’s long-term financial viability.
“This is huge in our world,” said Gary Peters, Boca Helping Hands’ Board President. “Arthur Remillard’s first major gift to Boca Helping Hands in 2006 enabled us to purchase the building we are in today, allowing our organization to expand from its beginnings as a small soup kitchen. His estate gift will help ensure that we can keep growing and serving those in need for decades to come.”
When Mr. Remillard initially contacted Mr. Peters in 2006 to learn more about Boca Helping Hands, the soup kitchen was providing 36 meals per day. The Remillard Family Resource Center opened in 2010 and today, Boca Helping Hands feeds 150-200 people a hot meal six days a week, serving 4,000 people monthly. The organization distributes almost 6,000 pantry bags (groceries) to needy people each month. It also provides job training and job mentoring, underwrites medical and dental visits for the uninsured and contributes limited financial assistance to qualified Boca Raton residents in crisis. Boca Helping Hands has expanded pantry pickup and medical service to Boynton Beach and assists community members in need throughout Palm Beach County.
“As a long-time Boca Raton resident, our father was passionate about wanting to help establish a comprehensive resource center for the less privileged citizens of this great town,” said Regan Remillard, Arthur’s son. “Boca Helping Hands is the culmination of that passion, and our father’s Legacy Gift will help Boca Helping Hands continue its critical, compassionate mission of providing food, access to medical care, financial assistance and job training to Boca’s neediest residents.”
The Remillard family continues its support of and involvement with Boca Helping Hands and Arthur’s grandchildren volunteer whenever they visit Boca Raton.
For more information, contact Karen Swedenborg at 561-417-0913, ext. 202.
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About Boca Helping Hands
Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency.
BHH distributes more than 70,000 pantry bags each year at three Palm Beach County locations and serves over 55,000 hot meals annually, six days per week. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental and behavioral care through its partnership with Genesis Community Health, serving uninsured clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. BHH sends weekend meals home with local elementary school students via the BHH Backpacks Program and assists working families with the rising cost of childcare through the Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
With an increased focus on client self-sufficiency, BHH offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes and courses in nutrition and other life skills. Staff and volunteers also counsel the unemployed and underemployed in basic workplace skills, and BHH awards scholarships for qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training classes for Hospitality, Home Health Aide, Commercial Truck Driving, Customer Service Representative, IT Help Desk Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding.
In January, Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a Four Star Charity for the 13th Consecutive Year.
Boca Helping Hands is located at 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For more information, please visit bocahelpinghands.org.