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 January 2017?
In their own words...a partial list

  • Veteran's Assistance Fund
  • Help with living independently with diabetes, dementia and old age. Help with taking medication and sugar testing to control diabetes.
  • Need financial, health and food
  • Financial assistance for rent due to an injury that has kept me from working for almost 3 months.
  • I am having difficulties coping with being jobless and homeless.
  • Can't pay rent
  • I need help with food and housing.
  • Requesting aid for purchase of ferry tickets for treatment at Virginia Mason, Seattle, Oncology
  • To discuss housing and spouse's upcoming surgery
  • Mom has Alzheimer's - need help finding legal advice for estate planning and insurance - misc. handwork resources.

Social Workers noted for January:

1. Sports and Parks scholarships were distributed with the new calendar year.

2. Kitsap Community Resource's Housing Solutions Program used Helpline Social Workers to access an emergency homeless prevention fund. That fund requires a mental health diagnosis, by a SW, to gain access to $1,500 in homeless prevention funds.

3. Clients with serious diseases and other conditions asked for ferry tickets to access treatment in Seattle area hospitals.

The Food Bank/Volunteer Managers noted for January:

1. Food donations dropped off sharply after the intense period of the November and December holiday food drives. By the end of January, sizable purchases of non-perishables from local grocers as well as from partners such as Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest were necessary to keep the shelves stocked.

2. Enhancement of food storage facilities continued in January. Counter-tops were removed in the lower Barn, optimizing the space for food storage and making the space more flexible for other activities. Product placement in storage units was reorganized and clarifying labels installed to guide volunteers who sort, store and retrieve food.

3. January staffing in the food bank was seriously impacted by a flurry of accidents, injuries and illnesses, as well as the usual late winter travels of volunteers. Kudos to our energetic student community service volunteers, who in addition to capably performing the usual stocking and cleanup tasks, stepped into other roles such as packing groceries to help out.



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