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.
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 “soup” kitchen, Thrift Store, Farm and Garden Market, Keep Warm Woodlot and Pasture Raised Chicken Farm.
The non profit organization is supported primarily by contributions of individuals, businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations.
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.
Albany Helping Hands moved to a temporary location for several years until purchasing their own facility 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 that will enable our guests to reenter the work force and become contributing members of our community.
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.