Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2018

Boca Helping Hands Honored Long Time Supporter Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. at October 20 Celebration

Boca Helping Hands recognized past and present friends, donors and volunteers at their CELEBRATION event on October 20th at the Boca Raton Marriott.  The organization gave special recognition to Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. who made the Boca Helping Hands Remillard Family Resource Center possible.

Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. was instrumental in making the Boca Helping Hands Remillard Family Resource Center a reality. In 2009, when the search was on for a new location, Remillard told the board chairman with a smile, “Hurry up and find a building. You know, I don’t have that much time.” Through his generous gift, Boca Helping Hands was able to transition to the building that now houses all of its programs including Job Training and Job Mentoring, as well as its Food Center and Warehouse.

“Boca Helping Hands does such important work in the community and it’s much more than a soup kitchen.  Boca Helping Hands also provides job training and job placement so people can have an occupation,” Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. said.

Remillard has always been a strong supporter of non-profits. He was involved with a variety of community causes when he owned and ran an insurance company in Sutton, Massachusetts.

“When I moved to Boca, I typed in the words ‘food pantry’ and Boca Helping Hands came up. That was about 10 years ago and that’s how I became involved in the organization,” Remillard said.

In South Florida, Remillard supports other non-profits, including For Kids, Place of Hope, and Habitat for Humanity.

“It was not expected. It’s a very nice thing, “ Remillard said of his honor at the Celebration event.

Also recognized at the event was Mel Lazerick who volunteers at Boca Helping Hands three times a week and distributes bags of food to their clients. The 100-year-old, who has volunteered at BHH since its inception, says his commitment to those he serves is unwavering.

CELEBRATION was chaired by Yasmine and Scott Coleman.

Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a community-based non-profit located at the Remillard Family Resource Center, 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton.  They feed those in need, provide job training, job mentoring, distribute medical and dental vouchers and provide limited financial assistance to qualified Boca Raton residents in crisis. 

The Food Center serves a hot meal six days a week with a family night dinner on Thursdays.  Meals are also delivered to homebound disabled and elderly individuals. Boca Helping Hands opened its Resource Center in April 2002 with an emphasis on providing help for Boca Raton residents in crisis situations (e.g., eviction, utility cancellation).

With an increased focus on client self-sufficiency, Boca Helping Hands continues to promote and highlight its Job Training Program, which offers free classes in Hospitality, Home Health Aide, CDL (Commercial Truck Driving), Customer Service Representative and IT Help Desk Technician.

The Job Mentoring Program provides coaching and guidance designed to help individuals who are seeking employment opportunities. These services complement the Boca Helping Hands food and resource programs in a continuing effort to help its clients become self-sufficient.

Boca Helping Hands has partnered with Genesis Community Health to bring medical and dental services to the local community. Medical and dental vouchers are available to qualifying, uninsured individuals for first-time visits.

Charity Navigator awarded Boca Helping Hands a Four Star Charity for the 12th Consecutive Year.

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