Reaching out with God’s love to families and individuals in the High Desert community is at the heart of a much larger vision for the nonprofit God’s Hand Extended which held its grand opening in September.
“We have a ton of supplies to bless those in need. We are the go-to people. We’re here to invest in people who want help to transform their lives by getting them jobs or helping them with other needs,” Cheryl Sislo, Community Relations Director said.
God’s Hand Extended (GHE) is a community organized and volunteer-based project. The goal is to provide resources, educate, empower and engage the High Desert Community.
Founder, Susan Conway, a native of the Victor Valley for more than 50 years, said the group first opened a 900-square-foot warehouse and was forced to expand when the community “showered” them with waves of furniture and supplies within only 48 hours.
GHE has since opened a 3,000-square-foot warehouse which accepts monetary donations, clothing, furniture and other supplies. The facility also serves as a thrift store with funds received from each purchase going directly to the nonprofit.
“We have over 250 volunteers that have different occupations and backgrounds. There are teachers, people in law enforcement, counselors, business people, medical professionals, moms, dads, teens, children—who love on and encourage our guests that may struggle with life issues. We have no paid employees. We have the desire to give back and help others by establishing relationships and encouraging our guests with proper resources,” Conway told SoCal Voice.
On Saturday, November 4th the warehouse Located at 17524 Lilac St. in Hesperia, will host a fundraising event from 10 am to 5 pm. Bring new adult socks, new books or canned goods and receive a coupon for a photo booth, half-off a taco meal or a free Kona Ice.
“The warehouse is only a portion of what we do,” Conway said. “We also partner with many churches, agencies, and individuals to help people with their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.”
Conway started the nonprofit with the help of several community leaders, the High Desert Community Foundation, “the Lord’s direction” and her husband, Joe, who urged her to “step out in faith” to launch the ministry.
The idea for the nonprofit started back in 2008 when Susan had a surgery on her arm that went bad causing her to take a medical retirement from a job she loved. She then used her skills in event coordinating to help churches, businesses and other nonprofits. Unable to use her right hand, she was forced to ask for help from many others. It was then that Susan and her volunteer friends began to see the needs in our community.
“God told me He had a purpose for what happened (during the surgery) and would heal me in His time,” Susan said. “This is how we came up with the name God’s Hand Extended—due to the injuries on my right hand, seeing the needs in our community and our desire to be God’s helping hand to others.”
GHE hopes to one day open a soup kitchen, warming shelter, recovery shelter and other programs to transform the lives of people. They are currently considering and praying over some property for sale in order to open their “dream community center” at the heart of Victorville.
“Our desire is to get people the help they need to get back on their feet without all of the red tape,” Conway said.
For more information, call 760- 220-1961 or visit www.godshandextendedhd.com or search “God’s Hand Extended Warehouse” on Facebook.