August—Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers
This fall, Helping Hands Reentry will open its newest outreach center. Located in Astoria, the 65-bed home will be the organization’s 12th and is financed by Clatsop Community Bank.
“We have a great relationship with Clatsop Community Bank,” said executive director Alan Evans. “When they heard we were coming to town, they approached us and said, ‘We want to be part of this,’” Evans said. The bank also financed the organization’s women’s center in McMinnville.
Evans founded Helping Hands in 2004 to give homeless people a helping hand to a sustainable life. Evans himself experienced homelessness for more than 25 years before opening his first 8-bed home in Seaside. The organization currently operates 11 facilities and as many as 190 beds in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill and Lincoln Counties.
“The face of homelessness has changed,” Evans said. “There are many people who are just one paycheck away (from it),” he explained.
“Homelessness is a complex issue,” added Raven Brown, the organization’s development director. “We collect data so we can develop individualized plans and connect our members with community resources,” she said.
“Accountability is key to our success,” Evans said, noting that the organization does more than provide food and shelter, but works with its members to develop plans that help them get back on their feet.