Helping Hands CEO Alan Evans was stuck in the cycle of homeless for over 25 years. He wanted food stamps but needed ID. He wanted ID but needed a residence. He wanted a residence but didn’t have any money. Alan went to every door he could find asking for help and was turned away. The resources to help a person in his position weren’t there.
There was one place Alan knew he could go for three meals a day, a shower, and a bed—jail. Getting arrested had become getting rescued. His arresting officer in Seaside, Oregon asked Alan to tell him his story, and for the first time, someone listened. Alan started this organization to give our community members experiencing homelessness what he had so desperately needed—a helping hand to a sustainable life.
Helping Hands uses their own proprietary database, Tactical Demographics Systems, to track the needs of each individual who accesses services, identify gaps in services, and develop programs to fill those gaps. The database provides Helping Hands staff with real-time data about the people needing help and allows for services to be tailored to the unique circumstances that each individual faces. It also allows Helping Hands to make data-driven policy decisions and to develop community partnerships that address the current needs of clients.