Merry Christmas

December 1, 2022

     The Christmas season will soon be upon us. A time of celebration and thanksgiving for God’s gift to us through the birth of His son, Jesus. We at Albany Helping Hands (AHH) hope that your Christmas celebrations with family and loved ones is joyous and blessed. As you look forward to this season of giving, I hope you will remember those who would not have a warm, safe place to stay if it weren’t for AHH. 


     Albany Helping Hands was birthed out on one man’s vision, Pastor Les Bailey, to share the love of Jesus by meeting the most basic needs of people who had no home. Today, 40 years later, the mission remains the same: to serve and support those experiencing homelessness by extending God’s love in tangible ways. 


     To fill that mission, we are housing roughly 100 people who have nowhere else to go. We serve meals to any who come through our doors three times a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We provide clothing, hot showers, and through March 31st, a warm, dry place to spend the night for those who are living on the streets or in their cars.


     Your generous support during this season of goodwill enables us to continue to pursue our mission to touch and change lives. We depend on the generosity of everyday people like you for gifts of your time, talent, and treasure.


     As the new Executive Director, I am energized by the opportunities that I see to continue our legacy of sharing the love of Jesus by meeting the needs of the homeless in our community. I invite you to partner with us.  

 

Merry Christmas!    

 

Don Sparks

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October 2022

 

First, we want to thank you for your continued and vital support of Albany Helping Hands (AHH). You have been at the forefront of the significant community involvement and support we have received for over 40 years, helping us provide shelter, food, clothing and services to Albany's homeless population.

 

In the beginning, our founder, pastor Lester Bailey, began providing peanut butter sandwiches and shelter at his small church. Now, with the support of people like you, AHH provides three nutritious meals daily, shelter, and services to over 100 homeless guests, which will almost certainly grow.

We are on a mission to help relieve suffering and brokenness by sharing the love of Jesus through providing basic life necessities and faith and hope for a brighter future. Your continued support has never been more needed or appreciated.

 

Through our current dedicated professional staff and active and invested board of directors, and a Christian church service offered each Sunday morning, we plan to continue reaching out to those who need shelter, food, encouragement, support, and the tangible expression of God's love.

Your support enables us to operate separate men's and women's dormitories, five smaller homes for transitional housing, counseling services, free meals and food service training in our commercial kitchen and cafeteria at our main campus on 9th Ave. SE.

 

We also provide job skills training at our thrift store on 1st Ave. SE and at our firewood enterprise and U-Haul dealership on Highway 20 E. In addition, the Bailey Home offers shelter and counseling for women with children.

We wanted to let you know how important you are to the ongoing work at Albany Helping Hands and give you a glimpse of what we are doing with the dollars you entrust to us.

In His name and in His service,

Michael Davis                                                                                  Don R. Sparks, M.Ed.

President, Board of Directors                                                           Executive Director

 

PS. Our professional staff: Don R. Sparks, M.Ed., Executive Director; Diana Starr, M.A.T., Assistant Director and Case Manager; Trudy Fields, Finance and Office Manager; Jeff Fields, Property and Intake Manager; Nichole Robertson, Thrift Store Manager; Raymond Cooper, Farm Manager, and Dayna London, Bailey Home Manager.

AHH Board of Directors: Michael Davis, President; Corey Bontrager, Vice-President; Marilee Sapp, Secretary; Chris Erickson, Treasurer; James Sapp, Chaplain; Emerson Smoker, Robert Anderson, Jeanine Howell, John Donovan, Gloria Bond, Erik Anderson, and Nick Ochse.

Thanksgiving