H.U.G.S – Heads Up Guidance Services

Fostering Harmony between Citizen & Community

About Us

Television Interview – May, 2015

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    HUGS’ professionals provide behavioral health counseling, recovery programs and support services to individuals and families seeking healthy, productive lifestyles.  We typically serve those who do not have the financial means to obtain help elsewhere.




                                                       HUGS for Savannah…Help Change Lives

Heads-Up Guidance Services (HUGS) is a faith-based, non-profit organization, making professional behavioral counseling & addiction recovery services available and affordable to all who desire growth, independence and emotionally healthy lifestyles.  Andrea Mamalakis Epting, HUGS’ founder and Managing Director, understands the critical need to provide counseling for those who are under-insured or lacking the financial means to pay the high cost of services.   HUGS’ programs are made possible by community donations and dedicated volunteers.  HUGS’ counselors all volunteer their time and expertise to make our services affordable.

We strive 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.  We are currently providing outreach counseling for partners such as Step Up Savannah’s E-3 Program, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club and Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter.       (See Collaborative Partners for more details.)



Heads-Up Guidance Services is committed to providing exceptional services to the Chatham County’s under-served population without using taxpayer dollars (i.e. government funded programs such as Medicaid) as a funding source.  HUGS can bridge the gap in services by providing the necessary clinical components lacking in other organizations serving our disadvantaged citizens – NOT at the expense of local taxpayers, but rather to the benefit of local employers and the Savannah community at large.