Helpline House's Response & Resources

Frequently asked Questions

Helpline House's ongoing efforts in light of COVID-19

What are the changes to the food bank?

Food bank will remain open. The changes to the services are that the lobby will not be open for waiting and gathering; folks will check-in at the door and have to wait, using social distancing, on the porch or the lawn.


In addition, we will reconfigure the food bank so as to increase space among those shopping and we will limit the amount of individuals shopping at any given time.


Please inform your networks to be prepared for longer waits due to this, but everyone will get food.


If someone is unable to wait for any length of time, we will be offering pre-packed boxes with proteins, produce, and dairy (it roughly equals what one would choose if they shopped), that will be available immediately.


The last change is that we are requesting that there only be one shopper per household - please let your networks know to not bring others with you to shop. Please leave kids at home if able. Please just have one adult come to Helpline to shop for the week.

Why did the agency move the in-person social work appointments to remote services?

On March 11, the agency announced all in-person social work appointments would be provided by phone on March 16. This move is being made to allow for increased social distancing in light of the spread of the COVID-19 illness in the state of Washington.

Our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors, donors, volunteers and staff within the context of the communities that we live in and serve, recognizing that we face a crisis of public health that has the potential to increase rapidly.

What are remote services?

Remote social services only include all social work appointments will be conducted via phone or video calls. We can mail vouchers or financial assistance and do what we are able over the phone. We will continue to be creative in figuring out ways to meet needs for social work clients. Mental health therapy will continue, again, via phone or video call.

What if I'm seeking Helpline House's services for the first time?

Welcome and thank you in advance for your patience.


Please come to the front door to shop in the food bank on M - F, 9 am to 5 pm, except Wednesdays; emergency food bags are available only. At this time, the food bank is the only program operating onsite. 


If you need social work remote services as well please leave your

  • primary contact phone number

  • primary email

  • availability between M-F, 9 am- 4 pm

at the food bank front door check-in for a social worker to contact you.


If you only need social work's remote services for resources and/or referrals, case management or therapy please call the front desk at 206.842.7621or

email with your contact information.

The intake coordinator will need your

  • primary contact phone number

  • primary email

  • availability between M-F, 9 am - 4 pm

to book a phone call appointment with a social worker. 



A social worker will call you upon your scheduled time to provide services via phone only.

Here are the temporary modified food bank  and social work services to help you plan accordingly.

Modified Operations

Helpful Resources



Monday, March 23

Temporary Fare-Free Policy and Boarding Policy on Fast Ferries

Learn more

A new Washington call center has been set up to answer your questions about COVID-19.

Call 1- 800-525-0127 and press # if you have questions about how the virus spreads, what is being done in Washington state, and what you can do if you have symptoms.

Are you currently without health insurance?

Washington Healthplanfinder offers a special enrollment period (SEP) until April 8, individuals seeking a special enrollment can call Helpline House for an appointment with a certified navigator at 206-842-7621, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What if I am unable to call/video conference with my social worker?

Please call the front desk at 206.842.7621 to work a plan with your social worker.

What if nobody can shop for me and I need groceries very soon or now?

Please call the front desk at 206.842.7621 or email

Will clothing closet and medical equipment be open?

The clothing closet, medical equipment loan, and other non-essential needs are temporarily on hold to limit the amount of people in and out and because we will only have paid staff on-site at Helpline House (no volunteers).

Is Housing Solutions available?

Yes, only by remote services.  You may contact an HSC Navigator for Bainbridge Island at 360.801.2564 or email

What if I need help with my rent and/or utilities?

Please call the front desk at 206.842.7621 or email

The intake coordinator will need your

  • primary contact phone number

  • primary email

  • availability between M-F, 9 am - 4 pm

to book a phone call appointment with a social worker. 

Helpline House Food Bank and Social Services of Bainbridge Island

Helpline House is a community non-profit agency providing an umbrella of social services striving to help our Bainbridge Island neighbors to meet essential needs.  Basic services are provided cost-free, regardless of income.  Needs are defined broadly and not always financial.  Any community member in crisis or in need of consultation is welcome. 

Need after hours or emergency services?

Helpline House has a policy of non-discrimination regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual preference, age, disability or veteran’s status, and is in compliance with all requirements of law and regulations with respect to employment, volunteer participation or service delivery. 


282 Knechtel Way NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110



Food Bank Hours


Weekdays 9 AM - 12 PM

Food Bank Services Only

Weekdays 12 PM - 4 PM

Social Work

Remote Services Only Via Phone
Weekdays 9 AM - 5 PM


(206) 842.7621



(206) 842-9867