Thanks to the William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Helping People Succeed will be expanding its autism spectrum disorder classes for young adults into transition programs that could open employment areas or college education programs.
The Thomas trust recently donated $20,000 to Helping People Succeed. This is the second consecutive year the trust has supported the autism program, following one of the main goals of educational opportunities through the trust. The U.S. Trust offices in Stuart maintain the Thomas Trust.
Helping People Succeed received several Proclamations during the month of April from the Martin County Commission, the St. Lucie County Commission and the City of Stuart for National Autism Awareness Month.
In addition, Helping People Succeed also received a Proclamation from Okeechobee County for National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The non-profit organization coordinates autism programs for elementary, middle and high school students and is working on transition programs into college classes, employment and social skills.
Helping People Succeed also helps more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties regarding autism, abuse and everyday services in the development of babies and children.
Photos for Martin County and Okeechobee County by Bob Dobens
Helping People Succeed President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson, center, received a $10,000 donation from Publix at its Miami offices.
Making the presentation were Publix executives, rear left, Northern Regional Director Richard Rhoads, Making Change President and CEO Larry McCurry, Miami Division Vice President Kevin Murphy and Director of Merchandising for Miami Division Garry Correll.
St. Lucie County Commissioners authorized a Proclamation recognizing April as National Autism Awareness Month.
On hand to accept the Proclamation from County Commission Chair Paula Lewis, center, was Adrienne Moore, left, and Suzy Hutcheson, right, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed.
Helping People Succeed coordinates autism programs for elementary, middle and high school students and is working on transition programs into college classes, employment and social skills.
Helping People Succeed is celebrating its second annual April Showers program to benefit the children and families served by the local non-profit organization in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee communities.
From developmental toys and games, diapers and wipes, books, rattles and baby clothing, April Showers calls upon a variety of community organizations, including non-profits and area churches, to support the month-long campaign. The donations will provide early infant needs and equipment in those early years to assist young families.
As Helping People Succeed completes its 50th anniversary year, two of its long-time staff members celebrate their own anniversaries with the non-profit organization – 40 years for President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson and 30 years for Kathy Derringer, Vice President of Successful Families.
Hutcheson, in the president’s position since January 1977, joined Helping People Succeed in 1975 as its Executive Secretary. She began work as the President/CEO when the Helping People Succeed was known as Tri-County Rehabilitation Center.