about us

Hands That Make A Difference (HTMAD) was founded in 2011 and the organization works hard and smart toward meeting our young people and older adults in this ever-changing world. HTMAD assists low-income adults with job readiness, referral services and other support services that make young and old feel a part of society.


Lisa Fields-Linnen, Founder and CEO

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Lisa Fields-Linnen for over twenty-three years has worked with children from coaching to mentoring and giving them a safe place to grow. Today, she has put a strong emphasis on implementing and providing programs for the youth through sports and other programs.

Mrs. Linnen love for children began back in 1988 when she worked as a Child Care Worker for an agency supervising hard-to-place boys ages 13-21 years old. Lisa’s tireless efforts and commitment to meeting her goals of providing, developing, and implementing programs for the youth will become the forefront of her mission. The youth have been an integral part of her existence and she strives to be an integral part of their growth and development.

Mrs. Linnen has and continues to make an impact on the lives of individuals, through her dedication and eagerness to help young people. Her desire and dream are to reach, guide and touch every youth life she encounters. Because of the many lives she has impacted, she would like to extend her passion to all.  Now taking on the challenge of workforce opportunities will help her reach out to older adults who are in need of self-esteem, job readiness, and resources. Hands That Make a Difference works diligently to serve individuals ages 6 - 70.


Hands That Make A Difference (HTMAD) is a community-based organization that provides youth programs and support services for their parents/grandparents. Our mission is to provide support services that produce physically, mentally, socially, and academically healthy youth and young adults. Our holistic approach increases their capacity to become happy, well-rounded, engaged, civic-minded successful lifelong learners.

We provide an array of services, including, but not limited to, an After-School Program, a Saturday Program, and a Summer Camp for youth ages 5-12. These programs provide youth development and educational services through homework help, tutoring, computer technology, STEM education, music, sports, and a violence prevention program. We also have a Young Adult Program for young adults (16-24) interested in getting back into school or the workforce and Teen Parents Program (21 and younger) to provide support services related to guidance, housing instability, health services, and career development, and childcare services. Beyond that, we offer services to senior citizens (55 and older) looking for work.


Board of Directors

Mustafa White

Board Chair

Maurice Johnson


Nanette Elmore


Helen Clarke


Erwin Canady


Emerald Greene


Deloris Johnson