About Us


Organizational History

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 over 200 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).


A Focus on Sustainability

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. 

Data Transparency

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. 

Helping Hands Boards


Board of Directors

Jay Barber, President   Mayor, Seaside OR
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
James Jordan   Police Officer, Cannon Beach OR
Nick Troxel   Detective & Homeless Liaison, Tillamook OR
Bruce Holt   Police Lieutenant, Seaside OR
Arline LaMear   Former Mayor, City of Astoria 

Advisory Board

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
Claire Hall   County Commissioner, Lincoln County
Mike Davies   Entrepreneur
Wayne Evans   Senior Technology Services Manager
Keith James   Technical Project Manager
Veronica Russell   PR & Marketing Specialist
Greg Baker   Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

Richard Russell   General Contractor


If you need other documents or information, please contact Raven Russell, Development Director:
r.brown@helpinghandsreentry.org or (503) 265-9046