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About the Helping Hand Rescue Mission
As a witness to the love of God through Jesus Christ, the Helping Hand Rescue Mission seeks to improve the spiritual and temporal conditions of the people and communities we serve by providing excellent service to all who come, whether they be rich or poor, high or low social status.

Our Mission

The Helping Hand Rescue Mission's (HHRM) main priority is to reach children that are suffering under impoverished conditions, and to provide families with educational and character building instruction, food, supplies, and love.
Our History

The Mission was founded in 1965 by Reverend J.A. Gaines, his wife, Reverend Rose Marie Gaines, and her mother, Florence E. Meringola. After witnessing local poverty conditions first hand, they invested everything that they had with the view that if they could help even one person it was worth the investment.

Mission Program Highlights

Happy Day Express (HDE) weekly children’s outreach provides breakfast, lunch, inspiring music, and character building Bible lessons.

HHRM’s Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) program brings local High School students together with our Happy Day Express kids for tutoring, mentoring, crafts, and sports.  Mission kids and local high school students all benefit from this experience.

Pantry Operations coordinates food drives, prepares packages for distribution, and supports special holiday meals and community events.

Community Closet provides a friendly, warm environment in which people can “shop” for clothing and household items at no cost.

Partnerships with local businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations magnify our efforts while fostering a tight knit community.

Computer Learning Center a safe environment for children to practice and learn computer skills

 “Warm-Up Huntington!” partners HHRM with various organizations to provide coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks, and blankets to adults and children in need.

Back-to-School program provides backpacks, school supplies, and various personal items for children in Pre-K through 12th grade. Mid-year refills and continuous encouragement contribute to positive learning experiences and resulting grades.

Holiday Celebrations bring joy to hundreds of children that would otherwise be without. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are among the holidays celebrated at Happy Day Express.  Baskets of toys, candy, clothing, and food are provided to children and families within our community.

The original Helping Hand Rescue Mission with founders, Rev Jim and Rose Marie Gaines, in 1965.
In 1965, Helping Hand Rescue Mission founded at 1138 at New York Ave, Huntington Station, NY
The current main building for the Helping Hand Rescue Mission at 225 Broadway in Huntington Station, NY.
New Mission building completed in 1990 at our current location, 225 Broadway, Huntington Station, NY


Father Gaines with volunteers in the early days of the Mission.
Father Gaines with volunteers in the early days of the Mission.


Mother Gaines hard at work in 1990.
Mother Gaines hard at work at the Mission in 1990.