COVINGTON, Ky. – Helping others often requires more than one hand to help. For that reason, a Northern Kentucky musician and counselor started his own nonprofit called Band of Helping Hands.
Through his nonprofit Greg Mebs started, he created a program for purchasing cars in efforts to break the cycle of poverty among young adults.
“It can all be little bit overwhelming sometimes not really having any say in where I was going or what I was doing,” said Tessa Bowling, a Northern Kentucky resident is a recipient of one of those cars.
It’s been a month’s time for Tessa bowling to drive in her own car enjoying her freedom.
She works at an animal hospital, a mile away from her group home in Covington.
“If I decided to walk to work hopefully there wasn’t dew on the ground because my shoes and socks would be soaked through the entire day,” Bowling said.
Growing up, Bowling was removed from her home and bounced around from family to family until landing in a shelter often missing out on many of life’s rites of passages.
“Most kids get their permit at 16, when I was in state’s custody you weren’t allowed to that. You had to wait until 18 to get your permit,” Bowling said.
The car, the driving, all this has been possible through Mebs.
“We saw the need for cars,” Mebs said.
Mebs turned his passion for music into a cause where proceeds of ticket sales fund car donation programs to other youth activities.
“It was really my wife’s passion where she said hey these kids really need cars to be able to get through this sort of hump they’re into to get out of poverty or to move on in life. So we bought a car next thing I know we probably bought 28 cars,” Mebs said.
The musician said he hopes his actions change lives of children and young adults and afford them opportunities, like with Tessa Bowling.
In addition, Band of Helping Hands offers scholarships, supports purchasing musical instruments for kids, music lessons and much more.