Help of Beaufort
PO BOX 472
BEAUFORT SC 29901-0472
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
HELP of Beaufort or HELP Mobile Meals
Address PO BOX 472
BEAUFORT , SC 299010472
Telephone (843) 524-1223
Fax (843) 524-1202
Projected Annual Revenue $202,450.00 (2015)
Mission Statement    HELP of Beaufort’s mission “is to provide emergency services to the people of Beaufort and its surrounding areas with specific basic needs."
CEO/Executive Director Steve Curless
Board Chair Dick Geier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board Chairman
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Mission    HELP of Beaufort’s mission “is to provide emergency services to the people of Beaufort and its surrounding areas with specific basic needs."

 “HELP of Beaufort was founded in July 1987 as a mission outreach to the needy of Beaufort County and joined hands with the First Presbyterian Church’s Mobile Meals. The church’s Mobile Meals program started in February of 1973 by the ladies of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, SC. “The women of the church felt led to initiate a project in the local area where its members could have a ‘hands on’ experience to serve Jesus Christ by serving others in His name.”  In 1982, HELP of Beaufort was recognized by the Internal Revenue Code as a 501 c 3 organization.

Currently, HELP of Beaufort’s mission is delivered through two (2) major programs, Emergency Services Assistance and Mobile Meals.  Two secondary programs include Outcomes support whereby clients are given encouragement and information toward their goals and Referrals to other agencies. HELP has a ten member Board of Directors. Its Executive Director is Steve Curless and he is a volunteer. HELP of Beaufort is a United Way agency.

Due to HELP’s growth in the number of clients it serves through Emergency Services Assistance program, there is need for better organization and financial support from corporations, major donors and grants.   With the new structure of HELP’s Board of Directors, each board member will undertake the chairing of committees such as Events, Major Donors, Grants, Corporate Sponsorship, Volunteers and other areas.











1. Restructured Board of Directors for more efficiency.
2. Approved Steve Curless as Executive Director of HELP.
3. Matched $4,000 incentive donation for Lowcountry Giving Day for $10,000 income for HELP.
1. Assign board members to specific projects/areas for increased involvement of members and community support.
2. To increase income.
3. To improve communication with supporters.
4. Assist more people in need. 

 Five most pressing needs:

1. Increase income by $20,000.
2. Increase community support of businesses.
3. Identify major individual donors.
4. Improve marketing.
5. Improve communication to supporters.


CEO/Executive Director Statement
HELP of Beaufort's Executive Director's statements:
We are excited about the changes already being implemented at HELP of Beaufort to better serve our clients needs and to increase the number of clients served. The need for changes came forth from a 3 month consultation by Judy Almand of Almand Consulting in March, 2015.
The board was recently restructured with ten participating members. Each taking on a committee, such as Marketing, Corporate Donors, Grant Writing, Events, Churches, etc. As committees form, more community members become involved, learn about HELP, and assist us in our mission.
With the assistance of another grant writer, HELP is applying for more grants than in the past. These grants have provided much needed freezers, meat and assistance for meals for which Mobile Meals clients are unable to pay.
Interviewers have been introduced to Outcomes, as a part of HELP's database, Charity Tracker. When clients comes in wanting to get their GED or attain other goals, this system alerts the interviewer to follow through with the client, therefore making them somewhat more accountable. 

The 100 volunteers of HELP of Beaufort's programs are the backbone of this organization. Emergency Services Assistance is delivered from The HELP House. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 12:30.  Mobile Meals operates from Beaufort Memorial Hospital from 11:30 to 1:45 Monday through Friday.

Mobile Meals, another program of HELP, has recently hired a new director. She would like to increase the number of clients served, which is presently limited to 70 by Beaufort Memorial Hospital, which prepares the meals.
For donors, much work is needed to communicate sooner and to thank all of those who support HELP financially, with food and with in-kind services. 

President’s Statement for Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Profile.

HELP of Beaufort was charged by local churches to help the disadvantaged in the Beaufort area. For over 20 years HELP has provided a uniquely comprehensive service to the poor, the sick, the homeless and the hungry in our area. No other organization provides free clothing, food, financial assistance, and meal delivery to homebound. HELP does this with a single part-time paid employee and over 100 dedicated volunteers. These volunteers consider the people who come to us for help as clients who are treated with dignity and respect. Some clients come to us to help them cope with a single hardship in their lives. Some come back to us yearly to cloth their children as they grow. Some clients come to us for funds to turn on their utilities after they have fallen behind in their payments. Some rely on us to feed their families. Others receive meals delivered to their home 5 days a week for years. Our volunteers develop a personal relationship to these clients, as they are often the only visitors they have on a daily basis. Volunteers celebrate holidays with their clients, take them to medical appointments and sometimes, sadly, attend their funerals. 


All our volunteers are committed to serve our community in any way we can. Our only payment is the heartfelt thanks that we receive every time we interact with our clients.


Unfortunately, volunteers alone cannot serve our clients. We must have funds to pay the rent on our storefront, pay our utilities, repair and or replace air conditioners, computers, freezers, etc. We must pay the Beaufort Memorial Hospital for the over 70% of our clients who cannot afford to pay for the meals we deliver. We raise funds through various fundraisers, donations and grants, without which we cannot provide any services to our clients. We have been successful, over the years, to raise sufficient funds to meet our mission. However, the need for our services has not diminished but seems to grow year by year. So fund raising will continue to be a critical element that also relies on the efforts of dedicated volunteers.


HELP of Beaufort is known throughout our community as the organization that provides a myriad of services that assists the disadvantaged in the Beaufort area.

Board Chair Statement

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments When I accepted the position of president of HELP in 2006, we had no computers and were using paper files for client information.  We now have 4 computers. Two that use Charity Tracker to store the client information for food and financial information, one to track when they come in for clothes, and one for the treasurer. We have a new board of directors with fresh ideas to help us do better as a non-profit. I feel we have vastly improved over the past 9 years.
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County

Beaufort County is  the primary focus of HELP of Beaufort's Emergency Services Assistance program. Mobile Meals' clients reside in Beaufort, Port Royal, Burton and Lady's Island in S.C.

Some Emergency Services Assistance clients  come from Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties when they are unable to find services in their counties or when they are victims of burn outs. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Dick Geier
Company Affiliation Board Chairman
Term June 2015 to Apr 2017
Board of Directors
Donnie Beer Retired
Sandy Click Retired, Volunteer Coordinator
Steve Curless Executive Director
Ellen DeGray Retired, volunteer
Dr Jonas Gadson Beaufort Church of Christ
Dick Geier Retired
Zack Manley Owner Sonic Restaurants
Anjie Neale Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Treasurer-volunteer
Catherine Pardue Grant Writer and volunteer
Mark Weeks Regions Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Donor Services
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

Our new board is much more active than it was before. Prior to this new board, we had members who had been sitting on our board for as many as 20 years. The new board is taking a much more active role in HELP.  I am excited to see where HELP will be a year from now.

Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Steve Curless
1) HELP of Beaufort's President for 10 years, ending in 2015.
 2) Retired Marine.
3) Self employed business man.
Senior Staff
Debbie Marcil Mobile Meals Director
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 85
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

HELP of Beaufort works with multiple non-profits and state organizations through the Community Services Organization, which meets monthly and/or by direct communication.  The CSO's objective is to bring all the nonprofits from Beaufort and surrounding counties together to better serve the needy.

Chamber of Commerce2010
Feeding America - Affiliate1985
United Way Member Agency2008
Civitas AwardBeaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce2012
Provides food and clothing at no charge every 30 days to those living in Beaufort County and surrounding areas.
Provides financial assistance for medication, utility assistance, temporary lodging, rent or mortgage assistance every 365 days. Credit counseling is required for those coming two years in a row.
Provides opportunity for client information and encouragement toward individual goals.
Provides referral information in English and Spanish to all entering HELP of Beaufort.
Budget $91,900.00
Short Term Success
99% of clients receive the assistance they request. A few come too early. However,they are referred to other agencies.
99% of clients will be pleased with the assistance they receive based on survey results. Surveying Emergency Assistance Services' clients will resume in 2016.
Long Term Success
To decrease the number of repeat requests for financial assistance for utilities by 20% through credit counseling would be an ultimate goal.
Increasing the number of clients utilizing the Outcomes option of the interview process by 10% is possible.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
Program success will be monitored by the Executive Director.
Beginning in 2016, Clients will be randomly surveyed as to the level of service they receive, the level of caring they perceive, and the level of stress relief they feel as a result of the services provided. A comment section will be provided.
Description Mobile Meals provides a nutritious meal to 70 clients a week, Monday through Friday. It pays for approximately 68% of its clients' meals who are unable to pay the regular or reduced price of meals,
$2.50 or $1.25 respectively.
Meals are prepared by Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Over 17,000 meals are provided each year. Clients are located in the cities of Beaufort, Lady's Island, Port Royal and Burton.
Budget $49,200.00
Short Term Success
1. To continue to provide for the 70 clients each day.
2. To provide support and encouragement for drivers, who volunteer their time and gasoline.
3. To receive 95% of completed surveys.
Long Term Success
To increase the number of clients receiving meals.
To have 95% client satisfaction of meals.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY At year's end, the Mobile Meals Director, provides a survey to each client. About 84% of clients return the surveys. Questions address their satisfaction with the meals and the results they receive from meal provision and delivery.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $202,450.00
Projected Expenses $202,450.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$108,481$102,570$97,858
Administration Expense$15,314$13,685$11,477
Fundraising Expense----$160
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.351.081.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$87,259$44,250$34,937
Current Assets$87,259$44,250$32,775
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$87,259$44,250$34,937
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way $27,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBeaufort Fund-CCF $13,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountVinco Atm Service $8,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Exempt May 2016
Organization Comments Over the past few years, HELP of Beaufort has become more popular as the kind of non-profit that people like to give to.  All donations that we bring in go out to the needy, except the small amount we use for administrative costs.   We have only 1 paid part-time staff member and that is the Mobile Meals director. People like to know that their money goes out to help those in need. The board is discussing a salary for the Executive Director as that position requires a great deal of time. In the past few years we have gone from assisting people with $35 for each family, to $100 per family, per year for financial assistance.  The number of families we assist is dependent on our income.
Nonprofit Help of Beaufort
Address PO BOX 472
BEAUFORT , SC 299010472
Primary Phone (843) 524-1223
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Steve Curless
Board Chair Dick Geier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board Chairman
Year of Incorporation 1982