The Great Speaker Series at Tillamook County Pioneer Museum will continue this Saturday, Feb. 17, with a talk from Alan Evans, executive director of Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Center.
Evans will be providing an update on the Tillamook Helping Hands program, located in the old Headquarters of the Naval Air Station Tillamook at the Port of Tillamook Bay.
Helping Hands serves homeless men, women and children who are ready to change their lives. Participants must be ready to be clean and sober, and must not be registered sex offenders. The group fosters connections between participants and community partners whose programs also serve the homeless and low-income populations.
Evans was homeless for more than 25 years, stuck in a cycle of homelessness and addiction without adequate resources to help him make positive changes to be able to re-enter society. He started Helping Hands to give other homeless people what he himself had needed: a helping hand to a sustainable life.
In 2004, he opened an eight-bed home for the homeless in Seaside. The organization has continued to grow and evolve, and now operates 11 emergency homeless shelter and re-entry program facilities, providing up to 190 beds per night in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill and Lincoln counties.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 1 pm at the museum, 2106 2nd Street.