Helping Hands was founded by Alan Evans, who was homeless for over 25 years. He was stuck in a cycle of homelessness and addiction without adequate resources to help him make positive changes to be able to reenter society. Evans started Helping Hands to give other homeless people what he himself had needed: a helping hand to a sustainable life.
In 2004, Evans opened an 8-bed home for the homeless in Seaside, OR. We continue to grow and evolve, and now operate 11 emergency homeless shelter and reentry program facilities, providing up to 190 beds per night in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill, & Lincoln Counties in Oregon.
Helping Hands serves homeless men, women, & children who are ready to make sustainable changes to improve their lives. Participants must be ready to be clean and sober, and must not be registered sex offenders (since we house children).
The Mission of Helping Hands is to provide a helping hand to a sustainable life through Resources, Recovery, and Reentry.
In-house Case Managers & Crisis Managers work one-on-one with Reentry Program participants to focus on building the necessary knowledge & skills to independently maintain housing long-term. We do not duplicate services; instead, we foster connections between participants and our community partners whose programs also serve the homeless and low-income.
This news story from 2004 highlights the difference that an emergency shelter can make in the lives of vulnerable people. Originally called Thugz off Drugz, we have been serving the homeless in Oregon for over 15 years.
We use a specially-developed database system to connect all 11 facilities. All participants undergo an entrance interview where we collect & document key demographics & circumstantial information. We use this information in developing Individual Reentry Plans, and in communication with community partners and funding agencies.
All participants sign a Release of Information, so that we can communicate openly with law enforcement and other social agencies to ensure the safety of our facilities, and to ensure participants are accessing resources they need.
Jay Barber, President Mayor, Seaside OR
Gary Albright, Vice President Director, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
Mike Somers, Treasurer Financial Advisor
Joey Daniels, Secretary Fire Chief, Seaside OR
Jason Schermerhorn Police Chief, Cannon Beach OR
Kevin Engelen Retired University Field Supervisor
John C. Helm Chief of Staff, Senator Betsy Johnson
Ian Brown Police Officer, Gearhart OR
James Jordan Police Officer, Cannon Beach OR
Nick Troxel Detective & Homeless Liaison, Tillamook OR
Bruce Holt Police Lieutenant, Seaside OR
Ashley Flukinger Attorney & Partner, Moberg & Rust
Senator Betsy Johnson Oregon State Senator
Robert Moberg Retired Judge
Kevin LaCoste Regional President, USBank
Robert Mushen Retired Ophthalmologist; Clatsop Community Action Board
Dennis Boyle Retired Supervisor, Wauna Mill
Bill Hall County Commissioner, Lincoln County
Mike Davies Entrepreneur
Wayne Evans Senior Technology Services Manager
Keith James Technical Project Manager
Veronica Russell PR & Marketing Specialist