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Written by Wayne Oakes & Jim Willhight   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 00:00

Albany Helping Hands Homeless Shelter is located at 619 Ninth Avenue SE in Albany, Oregon.

Helping Hands Shelter, Garden Market & Thrift Store

We are an independent faith-based 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization sponsored by the contributions of individuals, businesses, churches and non profit organizations.

In addition to providing shelter, we provide hot food, three times daily, 365 days a year with special servings on the holidays.

Shelter guests are provided phone access and now Computer and Internet access for utilization in guest education,  job training , job and housing searches, and email.  Helping Hands operates a Computer Network utilized in the GED Completion Program offered to the community by Albany Helping Hands.

We provide guests soap and other toiletries, clothing, bedding, laundry services and furniture for in-need families in our local area.

Medical and mental health referrals are also provided by trained staff.


Pastor Les Bailey had a gift, homeless people would gravitate toward him where personal links were established. For fourteen years, he ran a shelter from Oak Hill Community Church of God, at 103 Main Street SE in Albany, Oregon, where he was a pastor (retired 2014).

In 1998, the shelter separated from the church and became an independent  faith-based 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Founder, Pastor Les Bailey

Albany Helping Hands moved to a temporary location for several years until purchasing their own building at 619 Ninth Avenue SE.

Many improvements and additions have been made to expand the capacity and capability of the shelter. A house was purchased launching a transitional housing program.

We have also started transitional job programs that will enable our guests to reenter the work force and become contributing members of our community.


Albany Helping Hands provides 24 hour/7 days per week emergency shelter and services for up to 110 homeless people every day of the year.We provide more than 80,000 meals to homeless and low income people every year. Breakfast at 7:00 am, Lunch at noon at Dinner at 5:00 pm, hot meals three times a day. Everyone is welcome for a meal, even those not registered with the shelter.

Albany Helping Hands delivers support services to an average of 400 residents each year as they seek to move toward transitional and independent homes. We also provide training and employment for shelter guests operating a Thrift Store, Garden Farm & Market, Pasture Feed Chicken Farm, Keep Warm Wood Lot, and Vehicle Resale and Estate Cleanup units.

Helping Hands also offers GED Training at the new GED Training Classroom, housing searches, transitional jobs programs, mental health referrals, counseling, clothing, household needs, furniture and more for those in need in our community.

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at the shelter at 619 Ninth Avenue SE, Albany. If you prefer please Dan Kress or Wayne Oakes at 541-926-4036 or mail your contributions to PO Box 2252, Albany, OR 97321.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:54
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