The Carpenter's Helper was incorporated in Mississippi on April 12, 2004. We were granted 501(c)(3) status on August 13, 2004, and are registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State as a charitable organization capable of soliciting funds to address housing needs. In April of 2005, TCH became a United Way agency. In June of 2007, we contracted with Association Management Systems to handle the day-to-day tedium of phone calls and paperwork, freeing the board up to do more good.
Our founder, Larry T. Johnson, is a contractor in Purvis, MS, who witnessed unfilled needs and decided to take action. Although The Carpenter's Helper's legal documents do not characterize the organization as a religious affiliation, TCH operates in practice according to Christian values: helping widows, elderly, and poor in our community.
TCH has a unique relationship to our local contractors' association, Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association (GHHBA). Larry and Craig are GHHBA members and have found the association happy to help. We are the association's "charity of choice." GHHBA renewed their commitment to donate $5,000 each year for an additional five years to TCH, and GHHBA's members support TCH both financially and as skilled volunteers.
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