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.
- Social Work/Advocacy
- Food Bank
- Clothing Works
- Counseling Program
- Medical Equipment Loan
- Volunteer Opportunities
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.
See Us In Action!
Helpline provides volunteer opportunities for all age groups.
Middle School students create cozy fleece quilts for Helpline's families
EASY WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Did you know that you can contribute to Helpline from this website with your credit card?
- Apply for SNAP
- I recently moved to Bainbridge and need assistance finding a place to live.
- Unemployment, husband restrained from house, husband has abandoned the family bills.
- SNAP program/housing
- For supplemental Medicare Insurance
- We are seeking some assistance for house rent for one month. We have been without jobs for a couple months but are getting jobs now but just need a little help if we can.
- Assistance with medical insurance plans.
- Assistance for after school daycare
- Need help
In November, the social work department saw about 12 households requesting rental assistance, which the Helpline House financial records for November confirms.
Additionally, we saw about 12 people for SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefit Advisor) appointments. Providing such service to people on Medicare facilitates changing their health and/or prescription plans, savings hundreds, sometimes close to a thousand dollars yearly.
Social workers also volunteered at two, SHIBA sponsored, open enrollment help sessions on Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo, which provides the same assistance at off-site locations.
- The food bank conducted a State-required analysis of the nutritional content of the food selected by food bank participants on one day (Friday November 7). The results are, in summary, 72% of the foods selected were in the "Healthier Options" category - and 36% of those choices consisted of fruits and vegetables. Only 29% of the foods selected were in the "Less Healthy" category.
- November food bank activity numbers are down somewhat over the prervious month, although still significant.
- Total number served for Thanksgiving: 278 households.