Helping Hands – Salem


  • Clients are welcome to come into the client services center at any time during open hours and shop for one half hour.
  • All visitors wishing to shop are asked to provide appropriate identification so that a Shopper’s Card can be issued.
  • Each visitor is asked to limit the goods they select to one paper grocery bag (provided) per visit.

Outreach Programs

In addition to the primary service of providing goods that are available to walk-in clients, Helping Hands has the following outreach programs.

Job Seekers

  • Clothes That Work is a special service provided for individuals who are in need of appropriate clothing for job interviews or employment.
  • Clients are referred to this service by partner organizations in the community.
  • Clients must schedule an appointment with the program coordinator.
  • Trained volunteers will assist clients in choosing outfits and accessories.
  • This service is provided free of charge.

To make an appointment: Call Helping Hands Resources at 503-364-9936 and ask for Penny.

Outreach to Victims of Domestic Violence

  • The PEARLS (Personal Empowerment for Achieving Real Lasting Security) project is a collaborative program funded by the United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley. Our project partners are Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Center and the St. Francis Shelter.
  • Helping Hands provides clothing assistance to victims and their children while they are living in shelter.
  • When the victim stabilizes and is ready to move to an independent living situation (apartment), Helping Hands provides a “move in kit” which includes all necessary kitchen items (cookware, dishes, cups, glasses, silverware) as well as bedding for all the family members.
  • PEARLS clients are always welcome to shop at Helping Hands for their clothing needs, as well as for their children.
  • Some PEARLS clients may wish to take advantage of the “Clothes That Work” project which would help them acquire an appropriate work wardrobe.