Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers was founded by Alan Evans, who was homeless for over 25 years. He was removed from an abusive home and sent to foster care at age 11, but when his circumstances didn't improve, he ran away and was homeless and addicted by age 13. Without adequate resources to address his childhood traumas and help him make positive changes to be able to reenter society, getting arrested meant getting rescued. But his arresting officer asked to hear his story, and offered him a hand. Evans started Helping Hands to give other homeless people what he himself had needed: a helping hand to a sustainable life.
In 2002, Evans opened an 8-bed home for the homeless in Seaside, OR. In 2012, the face of homelessness began to change, with different people vulnerable to homelessness and needing different services. We began to offer Case Management with Individual Reentry Plans to guide each person in accessing the resources they need. We now operate 11 emergency homeless shelter and Reentry Program facilities, providing over 220 beds per night in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill, & Lincoln Counties in Oregon.
In December 2019, Helping Hands took on the challenge to convert a 155,000 square foot minimum security correctional facility called Wapato Jail into a facility for the homeless. Wapato was built using $58 million of taxpayer money and was never used, and was sold to Jordan Schnitzer in 2018. Schnitzer met Evans at a United Way of Clatsop County fundraiser and together, decided to make one last try to save the building and provide housing and trauma-informed services together in one location.
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The Mission of Helping Hands is to provide a helping hand to a sustainable life through Resources, Recovery, and Reentry.
Our programs are person-centered and trauma-informed; we take the time to learn each individual's story and help connect them to the appropriate local resources and services to meet their unique needs. We do not duplicate services; instead, we build strong collaborative partnerships with local programs and foster connections between participants and our community partners.
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 of any class (since 10% of the people we serve are children).
All Helping Hands Reentry Program participants undergo a trauma-informed intake interview where we collect and document key demographics and circumstantial information. We use a proprietary database called Tactical Demographics Systems (TDS) to capture utilization data, track each individual or family's program through their Individual Reentry Plan, document class rosters and community service hours, and connect all 11 facilities for improved communication.
We use this information to make data-driven policy decisions, to develop Individual Reentry Plans, and in communication with community partners and funding agencies. All participants sign a Release of Information so we communicate openly with law enforcement and other social services agencies to ensure public safety, to maintain the safety of our facilities, and to help participants access resources. The database also notifies Case Management when an uninsured individual checks into an emergency shelter, so we can quickly help them sign up for health insurance.
By analyzing aggregate data, we can also track changing trends in communities to identify which resources are either missing or are inaccessible. Armed with this data, we can advocate for the vulnerable people who need these services the most to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met.
CEO Alan Evans has extensive public speaking experience, from small groups, service club meetings, and audiences of thousands. To inquire about scheduling Alan as a keynote speaker, breakout session leader, motivational speaker, or program speaker, contact Raven Russell by email at email@example.com.
Donations to Helping Hands are accepted in lieu of a speaker fee. Hotel accommodations are appreciated for long distance travel away from Seaside, OR.
Jay Barber, President Mayor, Seaside OR
Mike Somers, Treasurer Financial Adviser
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, retired librarian, City of Astoria
Geoff Spalding Police Chief, City of Astoria
Jim Horton Sheriff, Tillamook County
Brett Hurliman Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
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
Bybee Lakes Hope Center Project Manager
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