When the Bowman brothers are on the court, the only thing on their mind is the hoop.
They’re not worried about where they’ll sleep tonight. Their adoptive mom, Becky Bowman, has that covered.
She took in Noah, Isaac and Jacob several years ago from Helping Hands of Clemson, a shelter for abused and neglected children.
It provides them a warm bed, food, medical treatment and whatever else they need.
Jacob Bowman, 13, still remembers it.
“I think I was around 3 or 4,” said Jacob. “It was actually good because I got to stay together with my family. So I really liked it there.”
Now Helping Hands of Clemson is staking new ground for a bigger, better facility in Pickens County.
“Oh my gosh, it is so wonderful! We’ve been working on this for four years,” said Development Director Dewey Brown.
Brown says what he sees every day is heart wrenching.
“Unfortunately folks think that oh that kind of stuff happens somewhere else. And it doesn’t. It happens throughout the communities. You just may not be aware of it. And we have kids from every social economic status,” said Brown. “And sometimes it’s really hard if a child comes in and you say, oh my gosh I know that child or I know that family, and it’s an eye opener.”
The shelter shared Wednesday’s groundbreaking with the community and the kids they’re here to help.
The Bowman brothers were also there.
“I felt pretty special to be a part of that,” said Jacob.
“It felt pretty exciting,” said Isaac, 15.
“It was amazing because seeing all the people, the kids that will get to go there, it was just amazing,” said Noah, 16.
It’s a unique perspective from three boys who’ve been there and are grateful to now have a permanent home.
Helping Hands of Clemson has cared for more than 8,000 children since it opened in 1984.
The new shelter will replace the current one and is expected to be completed in the next year.