In the Beginning
Albany Helping Hands was founded as an non affiliated, independent faith-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in 1998, but it's roots go back to the early 1980's with services and a seasonal shelter provided by Pastor Les Bailey and others.
For fourteen years, starting in 1984, Pastor Bailey ran a shelter from Oak Hill Community Church of God, at 103 Main Street SE in Albany, Oregon, where he was a pastor until retiring in 2014.
Pastor Les Bailey had a gift, people in crisis and need, the homeless and the hungry. People that others would avoid would gravitate to him where personal and spiritual relationships were established.
In 1998, the shelter separated from the church and became Albany Helping Hands, an independent non-denominational, faith-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Also that year the Shelter moved to a leased retail space at the intersection of Santiam Highway (20) and Pacific Boulevard (99E) then in the mid 2000’s the organization moved and purchased the current facilities at 619 SE 9th Avenue.
The local non-denominational ministry has grown from sheltering a few during extreme, harsh winter weather in a small church on Main Street to operating a Homeless Shelter, a three meal a day kitchen, Thrift Store, U-Haul Rental Dealership, Woodlot, and Seasonally five Christmas Tree lots.
The non profit organization is supported primarily by contributions of individuals, businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations.
In January 2018 Pastor John reported in his web blog “… our board seized the opportunity in purchasing three new properties— two adjacent to our main campus at 619 SE Ninth Ave., as well as the former church building at 103 Main Street SE of Pastor Les Bailey, the founder.
The new “Bailey Home” brings one of Pastor Les Bailey dreams to a reality.
The Bailey Home, a former church, at 103 East Main, Albany (the corner of 1st and Main) is now a six-bedroom home with 2 1/2 baths, a full kitchen with accessories, and two washers and dryers.
This home will afford a maximum of ten occupants including a resident “House Mother.
The Bailey Home operates within the mission of Helping Hands, as it will serve to be a transitional home for single mothers with children.
With the addition of the latest two families consisting of mothers with children, the Bailey Home is now at capacity.
Pastor John Leon, discusses the Pastor Baileys dream of sheltering those in need in his blog “A Dream Becomes a Reality!”
The Bailey Home is named to commemorate Albany Helping Hands founder, the late Pastor Les Bailey.
His faith in the Lord and Love for people molded his vision in the building of the organization.
You can read Pastor John’s blog post by clicking here.