What We Do

We work with our unsheltered population to meet them right where they are, provide shelter, meals and a path to independent living.

  • Shelter

      Emergency, transitional, for mothers with children, seasonal warming and cooling center.

  • Meals

     Three hot meals daily for residents and guests, every day of the year.

Meals Served: Breakfast 6:30 am to 8 am  |  Lunch 11:30 am to 1 pm  |  4:30 pm to 6 pm

  • Support Services

     Planning and goal setting, connecting with resources, assistance in navigating mental and medical health systems, on the job training, assistance in obtaining an ID, GED services, housing and job searches, financial planning, accountability and encouragement.

Check out the video below for more information about who we are and what we do.

Our History

Albany Helping Hands was founded as an non-affiliated, independent faith-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in 1998, but its 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 in Albany, Oregon. Pastor Les Bailey had a gift with people in crisis and in need, those experiencing homelessness and the hungry. People who were hurting would gravitate to Pastor Bailey and 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. The nonprofit organization has been supported over the years primarily by donations from individuals, businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Albany Helping Hands (AHH) has grown from sheltering a few people during extreme winter weather in a small church on Main Street to operating a year round men and women’s shelter, transitional houses, a three meal a day kitchen, a home for mothers with children, and the following business that provide on the job training; AHH Thrift Store, AHH Bark & Rock, AHH U-Haul dealership, AHH woodlot, and seasonal Christmas tree lots.

The Bailey Home, for mothers with children, brings one of Pastor Les Bailey's dreams to a reality.  A six-bedroom home with 2 1/2 baths provides a home for ten occupants. This Home operates within the mission of Albany Helping Hands, as it serves as a transitional home for mothers with children. The Bailey Home is named in honor of Albany Helping Hands founder, the late Pastor Les Bailey. His faith in God and love for people shaped his vision for building this organization.