Mission Statement: The Mission of Helping Hands is to help homeless men and women find alternatives to life on the streets.

What do a retired police officer, an elementary school teacher, a social worker, a disbarred attorney and a master plumber all have in common? They are current or recent guests of Helping Hands’ Safe Haven, coming to us for help because they were homeless. Some might say that these are not typical homeless adults, and that is true – because there is no such thing as a “typical” homeless person.

During our twelve seasons of Safe Haven, we have also had as guests a golf pro, an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a home caregiver, a former college student body president, the owner of a clothing store, several pregnant women and the “funniest” alumna of a local high school. We’ve also sheltered men and women suffering from severe physical and mental health challenges, including paranoid schizophrenia, heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, bipolar disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and many other afflictions.

All our guests’ life stories are different, but Helping Hands’ story has remained the same – we are dedicated to the proposition that everybody deserves a roof—that no one should have to sleep in the bushes, under a bridge or in a storage locker, and that everyone deserves the chance to try to recover from the personal catastrophe called “homelessness.”

This November, after many years of appealing to county government for help, the Safe Haven moved into the new Rockland County emergency warming facility in the Yeager Health Center in Pomona, where we are able to provide shelter to more people in need.

But we need your help to pursue our mission. Helping Hands is still sustained in large measure by the generosity of the public. Please give generously this holiday season, so we can help add a new plot twist to the stories of our guests - the episode when they conquer homelessness and find their footing in life again.

Help us end homelessness in Rockland County

Click on our "donate" button, or send a check to:

Helping Hands
PO Box 240
Nyack, NY 10960

Wishing you peace and joy in the holidays
Raoul Cansino
President and Founder
Helping Hands

The Safe Haven opened in the new Rockland County Emergency

Warming Center on Veterans Day

with room for up to 75 guests 

Now transporting guests from Nyack, Haverstraw and Spring Valley

Pick-up times: 6-6:30 pm and 7:30-8 pm every evening

Nyack: On South Broadway in front of the First Reformed Church

Haverstraw: In the commuter parking lot across the street from Village Hall

Spring Valley: In the parking lot behind the United Church of Spring Valley


Who We Are

HELPING HANDS FOR THE HOMELESS OF ROCKLAND is a not-for-profit organization that provides Safe Haven for men and women 18 years and older during the cold season and a broad range of homeless services throughout the year, including case management and assistance with the employment, housing, and health goals of our guests. Our Outreach Center provides laundry, showers and men's and women's clothing, free of charge. The Outreach Center is located in the United Church of Spring Valley (11 E. Church St. Spring Valley, NY) and is open Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.


Contact us at (845) 356-0100 or info@helpinghandsofrockland.org for more information about our services.