Pastor John's Message "Our AHH 'Miracle!"

I will never forget that day.  It was Sunday, May 6, 2018, when I received the phone call around 12:24 pm that Andrew had jumped from the overpass adjacent to our shelter.  It was at least a 150 ft. drop below to the Jackson St. pavement.  I immediately drove to Corvallis Samaritan Hospital where he was taken.  We did not know if he would live or die.  I didn’t want him to be alone. (continued here).

Pastor John's Message "Our AHH 'Miracle!"now available on Pastor John's Blog by Clicking here or in our latest newsletter.

 Click on image for our 20th Anniversary Edition Newsletter with Pastor John's message "An AHH 'Miracle'" .

Click on image for our 20th Anniversary Edition Newsletter with Pastor John's message "An AHH 'Miracle'" .

Newsletter

Available for printing or reading on your device the September 2018 Albany Helping Hands Newsletter with Pastor John's Message "Our AHH 'Miracle!'". Also inside you will find "A Look Back" in this 20th Anniversary Edition, a story about our wholesale campfire wood division and information on our Anniversary Fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $20,000 for replacement of 106 mattresses. Click here to read or print.

2018 Trend:  Increased Need Continues

 The analytic Annual Meals Served is shown as a vertical blue bar with it's scale to the left ranging from 71,000 to 89,000 meals per year.   The Bed Night totals are illustrated by the dotted red line.  The scale is on the right side of the graph ranging from 28,000 to 38,000 bed nights per year. You will find more information at  our    Meal Count & Housing Census   web page.

The analytic Annual Meals Served is shown as a vertical blue bar with it's scale to the left ranging from 71,000 to 89,000 meals per year. 

The Bed Night totals are illustrated by the dotted red line.  The scale is on the right side of the graph ranging from 28,000 to 38,000 bed nights per year. You will find more information at our Meal Count & Housing Census web page.

The need for housing and food services remains high for the first half of 2018.  After trending up to record highs in 2017, the need for housing remains high with the trend flattening out.

Meanwhile, after  similar upward trend in 2017 for the need of hot meals, the meal count dipped in March and has remained flat.

The latest report for July 2018 showed over 7 thousand meals served (7,035) for the month. Similar to April, May and June meal service counts.

 So far in the first two quarters of 2028 the number of meals served is slightly down versus the same period in 2017 but ahead of the 2016 quarterly totals.  The latest quarter statistics show the meal count down about 100 meals per month versus 2017 but significantly more than the 2016 April to June period by approxamitly 1000 meals per month.

So far in the first two quarters of 2028 the number of meals served is slightly down versus the same period in 2017 but ahead of the 2016 quarterly totals.  The latest quarter statistics show the meal count down about 100 meals per month versus 2017 but significantly more than the 2016 April to June period by approxamitly 1000 meals per month.

In July 2015 6452 hot meals were served. In a month to month comparison the count was up 30 in 2016 and 42 meals in 2017 to 6528 meals served. Note that the JUly 2018 count of 7035 was up significanly versus the month of July in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

365 Day (Annual) Rolling Total

Since the peak in January of 88,051 meals served the hot food need has decreased slightly  with 86,894 hot meals served for the rolling twelve month period (August 1 2017 through July 31, 2018.)   

 You can follow the trends and find more graphs, detailed analytics and updated monthly statistics on our Census page by by  clicking here .

You can follow the trends and find more graphs, detailed analytics and updated monthly statistics on our Census page by by clicking here.

In 2017 we provided a record number of meals... Also, the need for shelter increased... The last five months of the year we were operating at maximum occupancy, which was unusual, but understandable due to the acute housing shortage in our area and statewide.
— Pastor John Leon, Executive Director, Albany Helping Hands
 

Media Watch

Radio Commercials: We've posted radio commercials as mp3 files for listening or download.  These ads aired as a paid radio ad schedule (paid for by donor) or as Public Service Announcements (PSA).  The 30 and 60 second radio commercials include ads for Christmas Trees, Home for the Holidays, Anniversary Fundraiser, Crazy Days and Spring Retail. To listen or download click here.

Radio Interviews with AHH Board Members, Management, Staff, Volunteers and Guests.  Download and LIsten to Podcasts of the latest and archived mp3 files from live radio broadcasts on KGAL's Valley Talk.

Newspaper Stories:  Albany Democrat Herald articles featuring Albany Helping Hands guests, volunteers and staff.

Volunteer of the Year: John Donovan

At the latest Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction. Pastor John Leon, Albany Helping Hands Executive Director presented the annual "Spirit of Pastor Bailey" award for Volunteer of Year to John Donovan.

John Donovan is a  long time volunteer at the shelter amd currently serves as Development Director  is oa member of the Board of Directors for Albany Helping Hands.

We Sincerely Thank You

Albany Helping Hands is grateful to those who Contributed to the Eighth Annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction which was a big success with approximately 360 guests attending the event .

This years event on April 19, 2018 was located again at the Linn County Event and Expo Center. 

In addition to our Dinner Auction we conduct other fundraiserss throughout the year. If you have donated thank you for your caring and generosity.

Twenty years of generous donations have been transformed into blessings for those in need, impacting lives on a daily basis.

We thank the caring individuals, churches, organizations and businesses  who have contributed to Albany Helping Hands, your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

Your new donations are helpful for us to continue our ongoing mission. You can contribute online with a secure one time credit or debit charge to your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.

If you prefer, please mail your check, drop off at office, or phone in your contributions. Thank you.

    About Albany Helping Hands

    Learn about the ministry of Albany Helping Hands, it's faith based mission and methods plus it's history back to the 1980's and the growing community of generous donors and volunteers

    For a description of services, programs, and facilities at Albany Helping Hands, click the What, Who, or Programs links.

    For the latest on shelter happenngs please check out our current and past newsletters available in this web sites News section.

    For information on our Thrift Store, Firewood Lot, Pasture Raised Chicken Farm, Christmas Tree Sales or our U-Haul Rental Dealership, click on the links (in blue) or the "Retail" link on the main menu.

    To talk with us or arrange a tour please contact Pastor John Leon, Executive Director, or Wayne Oakes at 541-926-4036.

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    He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
    — Proverbs 22:9 KJV

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    National Day of Prayer Message

    Pastor John Leon, Executive Director, of Albany Helping Hands, was asked to pray at the annual National Day of Prayer gathering held on the steps of Linn County Courthouse.  To read his message, "Prayer For A Life Wihout Lack" please click here.