Bluffton Self Help is committed to continuing to do what we do best – meeting basic needs, providing education and training, coordinating resources, and building relationships with our neighbors looking to build a better life. We have had the privilege of serving this community for nearly 37 years. For the first three decades, our efforts were focused on meeting the basic needs of our neighbors to help them get by. But, for the past five years, we have expanded our programs and realized that showing our neighbors the path is not enough, we need to walk it with them. Through this shift from providing services to creating relationships, we have seen that long-term impactful change is possible. Over that time, we have built relationships with thousands of our Lowcountry neighbors. Some are brief – neighbors who had a life situation and just needed a little help getting back on their feet. Others, we have watched their children grow, and we have watched them work twice as hard as others to build a brighter future. We have walked alongside them as they take strides forward and stumble back. Every story and relationship are different but what always remains the same is the lens through which they view their world. A world full of daily obstacles, letdowns, and you can’ts. Barriers fill their time and energy, leaving them with little energy and resources to look beyond tomorrow.
The programs at Bluffton Self Help are developed to break down these barriers and move people from crisis, by meeting their basic needs and creating paths to self-sufficiency and generational success through coordinated resources, education, and training. Focused on creating relationships by advocating for our neighbors we are better equipped to understand their needs, explore their goals and opportunities, and assist them in overcoming challenges. Empowering neighbors to look past surviving, to thriving. Bluffton Self Help’s holistic approach was developed to serve the 50,000 households in Beaufort County and Jasper County who are economically at risk. The hard-working neighbors who make our community run. The neighbors providing the services of our tourism-based economy are the same ones who have the least chance of finding stable, affordable housing, flexible childcare, obtaining health benefits, and experiencing food security. When our neighbors are confident in their ability to provide for their families, they are better employees, better parents, and partners, and have the time and space to be active members of their community.
We invite you to come see our work firsthand and to learn about the challenges our neighbors face. We believe the experience will change you, challenge you, and give you a vision for how you can make a difference.
Schedule a tour or request a speaker to visit your church or business today with the link below or by calling 843-757-8887.