Giving HUGS, Saving Lives

Heads-Up Guidance Services (HUGS) is a faith-based, non-profit organization, making both professional counseling & vocational guidance available and affordable to all who desire growth & independence. Andrea Mamalakis Epting, HUGS’ founder, and Managing Director explains that there are many wonderful organizations supplying food, clothing, and shelter to our at-risk population, but, without professional counseling services and job training skills, there is little hope that these citizens will become emotionally healthy, contributing members of society. HUGS’ programs are made possible by community donations and dedicated volunteers.

HUGS strives to bridge the gap in social services by partnering with other organizations that do not have the means to offer a counseling component in their service plan. They are currently providing outreach counseling for partners such as Old Savannah City Mission, Austin House, Performance Initiatives, YouthBuild Savannah, e-CONNECT, and Family Promise.  HUGS’ professional volunteers also teach two weekly Substance Education Classes at Savannah State University.


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