About

About

Who We Are

We are a non-profit enterprise dedicated to arming teens in Haiti with jobs, spiritual discipleship, and professional development.

What We Do

HandUp Global Goods seeks to eliminate a life of handouts for teens transitioning out of orphanages by working to seek social and spiritual change together.

We lovingly empower young men living in impoverished communities to transform their lives and the lives of those around them. Our holistic development process provides jobs, spiritual development, financial literacy, and vocational training to young men transitioning out of orphanages, equipping them to become responsible workers, family members, and community leaders.

The results extend beyond the individual men, bringing social and spiritual transformation to the families and communities within their spheres of influence. Our hope is that these transformed communities will build sustainable, global marketplaces.

That is why we offer a “HandUp”: to break them free from a life of handouts.

one bracelet - one life

Fashion that feels good

Each handmade HUGG product purchased from the shop provides fair wages for HandUp’s artisans.

How We Make A Difference: The HandUp Cornerstones

Employment

Employment in HandUp-created jobs

Provides immediate, short-term income

Positions youth to move toward independence

Evokes feelings of dignity and stability

Serves as a catalyst for growth, responsibility, and maturity

Builds trust between state-side management and artisans

Financial Literacy

Teaches faith-based money management

Provides future, long-term stability

Promotes a desire to give back to those in need

Results in positive economic impact on the community

Spiritual Discipleship

Mentoring: Introduces spiritual role models

Teaching: Equips artisans with Christ-centered truths

Accountability: Fosters a community of believers who encourage one another

Leadership Training: Implemented daily through workspace devotionals

Vocational Training

Instills a strong, committed work ethic for future endeavors

Creates local businesses

Nurtures a self-sustaining economy

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 90:17

The HandUp Team

Board of Directors

daniel middlebrookDaniel Middlebrook, President

Dr. Dan Middlebrook is honored to serve as President of the Board of HandUP Global Goods.  Dr. Middlebrook comes from a family with deep roots in ministry and continues that tradition today. After graduating from Abilene Christian University with Highest Honors, Dr. Middlebrook returned to Houston to attend the University of Texas Medical School.  The summer before medical school, Dr. Middlebrook worked as a VBS intern with Impact Houston Church of Christ, an inner-city missions church.  There he met his wife, Natul, who was also working with Impact.  After completing medical school, Dr. Middlebrook and his wife moved to Connecticut to complete his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Middlebrook is now the Chief Medical Officer for Emerus Holdings, Inc., which he founded along with his business partners.  The Middlebrooks now have 5 children and enjoying teaching them about the need to care for fatherless children. Together, they also direct the Orphan Care Network at West Conroe Baptist Church.

Kandis-Dennis-Headshot-e1472219741233Kandis Dennis, Secretary

It is an honor for Kandis Dennis to serve on the HUGG Board. Kandis and her husband, Steve, were blessed to have parents that taught them the true meaning of a servant’s heart.  They hope to instill this desire in their three children, Allison, Ashley and Rett.  She currently works as a pediatric physical therapist with Riverkids Pediatric Home Health Company.  After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  She also serves as the Director of the Discovery Ministry for children and adults with special needs at West Conroe Baptist Church.  Kandis has been travelling to Haiti since 2011, bringing wheelchairs and other mobility equipment to children with special needs, educating Haitians to implement physical therapy programs in local orphanages and spending time with the children of Zanfan Lakay.

Kiley Boothe HeadshotKiley Boothe, Treasurer

Kiley Boothe joins HUGG to oversee the financial operations of the organization.  With professional experience in banking, corporate risk management, financial management, and budgeting, Kiley is able to fuse her passion for missions and finances to advance this social enterprise. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Baylor University as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas.  In addition to her work for HandUp, Kiley and her husband, Collin, are very active members at West Conroe Baptist Church.  Together, they have two daughters and are avid Baylor fans

Travis HeadshotTravis Peterson

Travis Peterson is excited to be joining the HUGG Board this year. He and his wife, Kay, are high school sweethearts who have been married for 12 years. They have a little guy by the name of Brooks. Together, they operate a landscaping company by the name of Outdoor Perfection, which they founded in 2000. As an avid hunter, Travis has recently embarked on the adventure of running the Thunderbird Hunting Club in South Texas, which is one of the longest running clubs in the state. Travis is passionate about entrepreneurial endeavors and brings his 16 years of experience to the HandUp team. His advocacy for job creation is evident through the way he runs his businesses and through his commitment to serving these young artisans in Haiti.

natul middlebrookNatul Middlebrook, Executive Director, non-voting member

Natul’s first experience working with the marginalized was in fourth-ward Houston where she worked with elementary through high-school aged youth as a drama instructor and Summer Programs Director for Impact Houston Church of Christ. Having moved to Connecticut, she founded and ran a Spanish tutoring program for three years until moving back to Texas. For 7 years, she dedicated herself to homeschooling her five children; Jack, Ruby, Luke, Daiton and Stella. She and her husband, Daniel, head up an active Orphan Care Ministry at their church and are always honored to have an opportunity to share their story on how God radically changed their lives through the foster-to-adopt process. Natul graduated with a Degree in Culinary Arts and enjoys doing cooking demonstrations, dining with family and friends and RV’ing with the family.

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