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

This cold and snowy spring makes me especially grateful for the Safe Haven program. We’re still receiving forty or more guests a night in the Warming Center in Pomona—at our peak in January, sixty-seven homeless men and women stayed overnight there. Our goal is to find permanent housing for as many of our guests as possible before the Safe Haven closes on May 1.

It’s always a joyful occasion when a guest gets a place of their own, but we were downright relieved when we found a vacant apartment in our Rapid Rehousing Program for “Raymond,” a full-time teacher in a local public school, after months of struggle to help him get from the Safe Haven to his classroom on time.

This spring, I have a special reason to ask for your help. United Church, where our Outreach Center has been housed since 2009, is being sold and we must move. But we’ve found a new home. We’re partnering with the United Methodist Church of Spring Valley to open a “Hope Center” in their vacant parsonage, which has wonderful potential to provide more space and resources to help people year round.

There is one hurdle, however—the parsonage was built before World War I and needs major renovations to create the spaces, showers and other amenities needed to serve our homeless guests. Although we have just begun the project, we estimate that the renovations will cost at least $90,000.

While all our programs need your support, this project is the most urgent. Donations to the Hope Fund may be made by check or through our website:

Your contribution of any size will make it possible for us to continue giving our homeless guests like Raymond what they need most—hope!

Donations may be sent to:
Helping Hands
PO Box 240
Nyack, NY 10960

or by using our convenient "Donate" button on this page.

Wishing you all the blessings of an abundant spring!
Raoul Cansino
President and Founder
Helping Hands


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.