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Outreach Help to homeless individuals in Albany & Rensselaer counties, NY

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  • 107 people are interested
new outreach van
New Albany Outreach Van

Provide direct service to people living outside: handing out water, food, blankets, and personal supplies, accompanied by Joseph's House staff who drive the vehicle, and address the long-term housing needs of the people served.

This opportunity is for one volunteer per 4 hours shift to support our staff as they travel in and around Albany, NY.

The van leaves the above address and runs from 12-4pm and 4-8pm, 7 days a week, year-round.

Shifts are chosen on an online calendar: you do not need to have the same availability week-to-week. You can choose how often you volunteer but suggest volunteer help at 2-4 shifts each month.

Because we have limited numbers of shifts we are accepting only people who anticipate doing this on a long-term basis out of a concern for homelessness. Unfortunately this means we are not currently accepting students doing service as part of their course or those who have mandated hours.

We will start with a phone interview so we check this is the right opportunity for you, followed by a short online application form. We will require and contact two references who can attest at your ability to be non-judgmental and confidential. There is an information/ orientation meeting to familiarize you with general Joseph's House policies and safety issues. At that point you will be an accepted agency volunteer. However, to be a volunteer on the van, applicants will meet with outreach staff to further describe this opportunity. Helping people staying outside can be an emotional and difficult - and extremely rewarding- task: staff will help you check this is a good opportunity for you and you can provide the support the team needs.

You can access the volunteer application from our website.

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202 4TH ST, TROY, NY 12180, US

Mission Statement

The mission Joseph's House is to provide non-judgmental services to end homeless. We are a secular agency, and we operate our temporary and supportive housing on a Housing First /harm reduction model.


Joseph’s House is a Troy community based not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to prevent and alleviate homelessness. Our programs offer emergency shelter, permanent housing, support services, hospitality and guidance to homeless individuals, youth and families. We offer non-judgmental services where each guest’s dignity and worth are recognized and respected. We guide guests in getting help from community agencies and act as an advocate for the homeless to address immediate and long-term needs. We provide an opportunity for people from our community to volunteer in service to the homeless.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Homeless & Housing
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


242 BroadwayMenands, NY 12204



  • Hospitality
  • People Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Social Work


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each shift is 4 hours. How often you volunteer is up to you but we do request an average of 2 times per month.
  • We are looking for caring, non-judgmental people who can maintain confidentiality. Volunteers do not advise or counsel clients. Not suitable for anyone with limited mobility - involves walking in unpaved areas.

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