Neighbor Helping Neighbor,
One Neighbor At A Time

Founded in the 1960s as a food bank in response to the "war on poverty", Helpline House is a community-funded non-profit agency providing a full range of services.

Basic services are provided cost-free to those in need. Needs are defined broadly, and are not always financial.

Any community member in crisis or in need of social work consultation, volunteer opportunities or other related service is welcome at Helpline House.

Helpline House is centrally located in Winslow on Knechtel Way.

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What brought neighbors to Helpline House in October 2016?
In their own words...a partial list

  • Medicare Info
  • Counseling and financial assistance regarding housing
  • Assistance with Bainbridge Recreational classes for kids
  • SHIBA - Medicare/Health Guidance
  • Help navigating dental health coverage
  • To find resources. Need to find help with rental deposit. We have no furniture, clothing
  • I'm looking for assistance with applying for the state health plan.
  • Food Stamps
  • Anger. Depression. PTSD

Social Workers noted for October:

1. Making a connection with BI Fire Dept. to help with BIFD social work calls. A phone call conversation with a member from BIFD determined that a need exists and that a meeting would be set up after Thanksgiving to build a referral system.

2. Working with Stephens House on scholarships for their program participants.

3. In November, SW(s) will attend a session of Bainbridge Court to observe a "Special Session of Mental Health Court." This is a concept that Helpline House and Judge Sarah McCulloch - defense attorneys - prosecution attorneys - have developed. The concept is to better understand repeat offenders and then determine an appropriate sentence that takes into account their mental health.

4. A WWII participant who lost his housing almost two years ago - was moved into an apartment with the help of Bethany Church volunteers (Smooth Movers).

The Food Bank/Volunteer Managers noted for October 2016

1. Food bank staff organized the efforts of about 25 different island community groups and businesses doing food collections to benefit our food bank.

2. Several new volunteers have joined us.

3. Planning for our Thanksgiving Program was completed by October 31, and shoppers began signing up that day.



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