Thank You

Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction

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 380 dinner auction guests attending the event held at the Linn County Event and Expo Center on April 19, 2018.   

Contributors included generous donations by individuals and sponsorships by businesses and non-profit organizations located in the greater Albany area.   

Volunteer of the Year

At the latest Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction. Pastor John Leon, Albany Helping Hands Executive Director announced the recipient of the annual "Spirit of Pastor Bailey" award for Volunteer of Year. This years award was presented to John Donovan a  long time volunteer at the shelter. John currently serves as Development Director. for Albany Helping Hands.

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

Food and Bed Count

It is only a one month period, but the trend of Increasing services leveled out for the first time since over a year ago. February’s hot meal service  was 377 less than February of 2017 while the monthly housing census trend was flat, up just 0.1%.. This trend reflected in the chart as noted below.

 The analytic Annual Meals Served is shown as a vertical blue bar with it's scale to the left ranging from 70,000 to 90,000 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 70,000 to 90,000 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 rolling 12-month meal total:  87,674 for the period March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018. 

That’s up 10.6% over the previous annual period; a monthly average of 7,492, which equates to 240 meals average daily. 

The housing count (measured as Bed Nights) growth flattened out in February, with the annual rolling total up only 0.1%, an increase of 28 bed nights to 36,866 bed nights for the 12-month period ending February 28, 2018.  This is an average of 101 beds filled every night, 365 days a year.

It will remain to be seen if the flat trend continues or falls in the coming months. 

For more charts, detailed analytics and updated monthly statistics, please click here.

 

Pastor John's Easter Message

Executive Director, Pastor John Leon's March blog, a special special Easter Message, "The Ultimate “Bridge Of Hope!” is now available online in Pastor's blog by clicking here.


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.

The latest posting the Valley Talk radio interview from November 15th. Topics Include the opening of five Albany Helping Hands Christmas Tree Lots, plans for additional housing, Anniversary Fundraiser update, latest housing census and meal service count and the upcoming Home for the Holidays on the Radio.  Representing AHH was Development Director John Donovan and Jim Willhight Media/ Development Consultant who was joined by KGAL Newshost Jeff McMahan.

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

 

Please Get Involved

    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 supporters,  donors and volunteers

    For a description of services, programs, and facilities at Albany Helping Hands, click the What, WhoPrograms, Retail and News sections.

    For information on our Thrift Store, Firewood Lot, Pasture Raised Chicken Farm 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 or  Wayne Oakes at 541-926-4036.

    We Sincerely Thank You

    If you have donated thank you for your caring and generosity.

    Nineteen 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.

      Thank You To These Bridge of Hope Sponsors

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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
         Click here   to read or download the March 2018 Newsletter with Pastor John’s Easter Message "The Ultimate 'Bridge of Hope'".

      Click here to read or download the March 2018 Newsletter with Pastor John’s Easter Message "The Ultimate 'Bridge of Hope'".