Welcome to Hand in Hand Ministries
Hand in Hand Ministries knows these life-changing experiences are great teachers of compassion, generosity and knowledge of real needs and wants. People who volunteer with us are always inspired to do more. The energy is contagious. By lending a hand, you will be changing a life… and in most cases, it will be your own!
Our Inspiration: We are an organization driven by faith in a loving God who embraces all people.
Our Vision: We provide resources for the economically vulnerable through our on-going programs that focus on safe housing, education, and health care. Our unique immersion trip program encourages individuals to expand their comfort zone. We believe that strong communities are built by planting seeds that trigger the ripple effect by lifting up one another. We seek to build community, one person, one family at a time.
In all that we do, we seek to build community, one person, one family at a time.
Dear Friends of Hand in Hand,
My life changed forever when I sat with Esmelda on the dirt floor of her home in Nicaragua. We were making rebar towers to strengthen the walls of her new concrete block home. We laughed and cried and shared stories of our children – despite speaking different languages. We share a bond that is not limited by language, or material wealth, or geography. It’s a bond of friendship sealed by working side by side to make this world a better place.
If you are looking for an organization whose mission is to help empower individuals and families living in poverty, you’re on the right track. If you’re also looking for a good steward of your donations, you’ll like hearing that year after year 85% of all donations to Hand in Hand go directly to programs.
But, if you want to experience the true magic of Hand in Hand, we invite you join us for an immersion trip, a Legacy event, or a Hand in Hand Reunion Celebration. We will help you develop bonds of friendship that can change the way you look at life, and ultimately change the world.
Would love to have you join us on our journey to lend a hand and change a life!
Marla Cautilli, CEO of Hand in Hand Ministries
On the surface, it looks like we build and repair homes, provide medical care and educate children and young adults. But it goes beyond that, way beyond that. We’re about connecting people – not through cell phones – but by working side by side with people who don’t look the same, talk the same or have the same amount of stuff.
We’re about crossing boundaries, and building compassion in one another by swinging a hammer, or blowing bubbles or clogging at Front Porch Pickin. We’re about recognizing and addressing needs – but we’re also about seeing resilience, beauty, and ingenuity, where others only see poverty. We’re about celebrating that which is good in all of us.
In 1999, brothers Wayne and Father Joe Fowler founded Hand in Hand Ministries in Louisville, KY. Originating in a church basement with an annual budget of just $26,000 with 100 supporters.
In November of 1994, Wayne visited an orphanage for handicapped and abandoned children in Kingston, Jamaica. The people of Jamaica touched his heart, but the conditions of the children’s orphanage and family living conditions were unimaginable. His first trip abroad not only changed the way he looked at himself but also how he viewed his country and the world. His life was forever transformed. Wayne and Father Joe began helping in small ways. In January 1997, Wayne led 29 people to Kingston for construction and medical work. Upon returning, the group hosted a potluck dinner for family and friends to share their stories and photos of their trip. More than 75 people showed up to experience the passion and excitement of the volunteers…and in many ways, that was how Hand in Hand Ministries was born.
Hand in Hand Ministries was incorporated in August 1999. With the brothers’ leadership and vision, Hand in Hand has continued to grow and has helped thousands of children, families and communities along the way.
Retired priest, Father Fowler, has stayed very active with Hand in Hand managing a weekly bingo that provides significant financial support and serving on the board of directors.
After a battle with cancer, Wayne died on March 3, 2016. His greatest legacy is compassion. And we will do all we can every day to ensure that vision lives on forever!
|1999||Hand in Hand Ministries Founded|
|2000||Hand in Hand partners with organizations in Jamaica and Nicaragua|
|2001||First Immersion Trip to Nicaragua in response to Hurricane Mitch damage|
|2002||Belize Office Opens|
|2003||First Immersion Trip to Belize Builds House #1|
|2004||Outreach Center in Belize City, Belize Opens|
|2005||Managua, Nicaragua Office Opens|
|2006||Pathway to Change scholarship program begins in Nicaragua with three students|
|2007||The Auxier Center in Appalachia becomes part of Hand in Hand|
|2008||More than 400 volunteers participate in 45 immersion programs|
|2009||The Building for Change program builds its 125th house in Belize|
|2010||Belize Outreach Center begins mobile outreach to more than 50 families|
|2011||Belize Scholarship Program grows to 30 high school and college students|
|2012||Emergency tornado relief in Appalachia provided by the Auxier Center|
|2013||House #200 built in Belize; Pathway to Change in Nicaragua grown to 89 students|
|2014||More than 1,000 volunteers participate in 70 immersion trips changing the world|
|2015||Mentoring program for Louisville students begins; Building for Change house #250|
|2016||Awarded Leadership Louisville Ignite Team to pilot Louisville Urban Immersion program, Building for Change house #300|
|2017||Urban Immersion Begins!|
Chief Executive Officer
Immersion Trip Coordinator
Director of Development
Louisville Immersion Trip Coordinator
Associate Director (Louisville Program Director & Marketing)
Immersion Trip Coordinator
144 North Front Street • Belize City, Belize
(Map) • Office: 011.501.227.6273 • Fax: 011.501.227.1298
Belize Outreach Center: #69 Amara Ave. • Belize City, Belize
Starfish House: 011.501.660.7875
Director of Operations
Director of Building for Change Program
Director of the Outreach Center
Immersion Trip Coordinator
Assistant Director of Building for Change Program
|Filiberto “Beto” Coc
Assistant Construction Supervisor
Km. 12.7 Carretera Sur • Managua, Nicaragua (Map)
Office: For Louisville Residents: 1(502) 214.7868 • North American Long Distance Access/Vonage: 1 (514) 667-5933 • Nicaragua: (011 505) 2265 8320
Ed/Nicaragua # (011 505) 8849 5999 Barbara (001 505) 8853 9507
|Edward T. Dunsworth
Director of Operations
|Aura Elena Coca
Director of the Pathway to Change Program
|Barbara J. Dunsworth
Assistant Director of Operations
|Scott Karem, Board Chair||Mulloy & Karem: Partner|
|Tom Wittman, Board Vice Chair||Retired Independent Healthcare Consultant|
|Joseph Lynch, Board Secretary||Maryhurst: Counselor|
|Mike Connelly, Board Treasurer||Yum! Brands: Director of Mergers & Acquisitions|
|Courtney Baxter||12th Judicial Court: Commonwealth’s Attorney|
|Harry Borders||Borders and Borders Attorneys: Attorney|
|Rev. Joseph Fowler||Retired Priest|
|Jamie B. Gardner||Gardner & Brunstetter Properties|
|Scott Haner||Retired Yum! Brands Executive; St. Patrick Church: Deacon|
|Rob Holtzmann||Hyland Insurance: Agent|
|Kelley Helgeson||President: H2R Consulting|
|Ann Marie Kelly||Executive Director: YPAL|
|Cynthia Rigby||Medical Examiner at Kentucky Retirement Syxytems|
|Sue Rueff||Good News Shelter Corp.: Social Worker|
|Steve Thornberry||Reliable Contracting Group: Co-owner|
|Charisse Wright||Nuestar Inc. Operations & Client Experience Manager|
Interested in joining our board? We are looking for a few good men and women to spread and support our mission. As a board member, you would be required to attend a bi-monthly board meeting, bi-monthly committee meeting, attend events throughout the year, assist with fundraising goals and make a personal contribution. Please contact Marla Cautilli at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 459.9930 for more information.
Hand in Hand Ministries invites you to an “Explore the Mission” Tour to learn more about us, our work and how you can get involved! You will get a glimpse into the hearts and minds of individuals whose lives have been forever changed by the work of our volunteers and staff. We would love to answer all your burning questions.
“Explore the Mission” Tour
Meetings are at the Louisville Office • 518 N. 26th Street • Louisville, KY 40212
If you would like to schedule one for your church, business or family, please contact our offices.
You will hear stories of hope and promise told from the perspective of mothers, children, and immersion trip volunteers. “Esther” will tell what it’s like to be born with HIV and cerebral palsy in a developing country. “Shelia,” from eastern Kentucky, will tell you about the morning she awoke to her 44-year-old husband dead and the fear of losing her children because of the condition of her trailer.
You will see photos and a short video of substandard living conditions and the faces of those who triumph despite their challenges. You will sit in a room the size of an entire house for a family of four living in Belize. In just one short hour, we’ll help you explore the mission and people of Hand in Hand. We know you will be inspired!
Initially Hand in Hand operated out of a church basement with an annual budget of just $26,000 and about 100 supporters. We now have budgeted needs of over $1.5 million dollars annually and a database with nearly 14,000 constituents representing 34 states.
Hand in Hand receives no federal or state funding. We rely on support from individuals, foundations, educational institutions, churches and the business community.
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