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Outreach Van support: direct service to homeless individuals in Albany NY

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  • 81 people are interested

We are continuing this vital service during the current coronavirus/ Covid-19 emergency, taking additional safety precautions.

One volunteer per 4 hours shift supports our staff as they take water, sandwiches, blankets, clothing and personal supplies to people staying outside in and around Albany, NY. Joseph's House staff drive the van.

The van leaves the above address and runs from 2-6pm and 6-10pm 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.

Because we have limited numbers of shifts we are accepting only people who are interested in doing this on a long-term basis because of a concern for homelessness (unfortunately this means we are not currently accepting students doing service as part of their course.)

As we try to keep visitors to our buildings to a minimum at the time, prospective volunteers will be interviewed and oriented to the task over the phone. There are Confidentiality and Volunteer Agreements to sign before your first shift. Contact us for the short application form. Or visit our website.

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202 4TH ST, TROY, NY 12180, US

Mission Statement

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.


Joseph’s House & Shelter is a Troy based not for profit that provides emergency shelter to men, women and families and also operates two supported housing sites housing 48 men and women. Founded 30 years ago, JH&S has provided shelter and services to hundreds of homeless men and women and has supported them as they secure permanent housing.

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Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Kendall House (formerly HAC building)393 N. Pearl StAlbany, NY 12207



  • Hospitality
  • People Skills
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each shift is 4 hours. How often you volunteer is up to you.
  • We are looking for people who caring people who can maintain confidentiality. We offer non-judgmental services to end homelessness. Volunteers do not advise or counsel - just bring comfort, hand out food, water and supplies as they support staff.

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