Lucas’ Helping Hands is a non-profit organization that was created in honor of Lucas, a loving and energetic boy from Rochester, NH, who was born with Down syndrome and multiple complex medical needs. The organization was started with the assitance of Annie's Angels out of Stratham, NH as just a way to raise money for a special bed for Lucas to keep him safe at night. From there, his family continued with multiple fundraisers each year to help not only Lucas, but other local families with some of their medical expenses. Now, it has shifted entirely away from helping Lucas and his immediate family to helping families in the community. As funding becomes available, we help local families in New Hampshire and bordering states with gas cards, electric bills, strollers, adaptive clothing, medical supplies not covered by insurance, and many other expenses that take a back seat when the costs of medical care become the priority.
Lucas’ Helping Hands helps to connect New Hampshire families to resources within their local community and the state when they don’t know where to turn for assistance. Personal experience and education has given Lucas' family the tools and knowledge that is shared with other local families. Resources include local area agencies that provide services to children with developmental disabilities or that help answer questions that arise when faced with the need for additional supplies or equipment that are not usually required for a typically developing child or adult. We also help to support families with the special education process in schools and questions that arise within the individualized education program (IEP).
We support each family differently based on their individual needs. We believe that one of the best ways to assist families is to connect them with others experiencing similar challenges to help build and strengthen relationships. Lucas’ Helping Hands provides information to connect families with each other and local support groups so no one feels alone. It is important for parents to know that before they can care for their child sufficiently they first need to care for themselves. We help to empower individuals and parents to become effective advocates. In 2018 Lucas' Helping Hands has partnered with Reach for the Top Therapy Services in Dover, NH to help strengthen community ties and support more families!