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Persons living without homes

Homeless Assistance

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We welcome anyone in need.  Helpline House can offer help assistance Monday through Friday, except Wednesday and Weekends from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

  • Front Porch Pantry is Always Open

  • Drinking-Water

  • Kitchenless Kits

  • Toiletry Kits

  • Telephone

  • On-call Social Workers
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Dedicated to ending homelessness in Kitsap County.

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Read the

City Of Bainbridge Island Proclamation

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Before providing warmth, confidence, and care, familiarize yourself with the Kitsap Homeless Resource Guide and more information below. Be prepared before speaking with a homeless person to ask: How are you doing? There’s a food pantry and social services on Knechtel Way, and their porch pantry is open 24/7. That might be a great gift to them in itself. However, they may be passing through and are unaware that there is a resource only a few blocks away. 


If they say they aren’t interested, don’t push them. Unhoused people may have struggled with homelessness for some time and have had negative experiences in shelters; they may prefer to be out in the open. No matter what the reply, keep the interaction upbeat and respectful.


Always think about safety first. Never offer rides in your car to someone you don’t know, and never stand with anyone in a poorly lit place. If you feel unsafe, don’t worry about being rude. Just leave the situation. Your safety is a top priority.

Food Assistance

Free meals available in North Kitsap at

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Free Meals in Kitsap County

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Dial 911 to request a well-fare check for concerns about a homeless person. Officers are knowledgeable and equipped to provide support.

Police Kitchenless Bags


The Bainbridge Island Police Department’s officers exercise verbal de-escalation skills that can help diffuse stress, and bring a sense of support to homeless persons during times of personal crisis. In partnership with Helpline House, Bainbridge Island Police officers stock their cruisers with “Kitchenless Bags”, assembled by Helpline House volunteers. When starting a conversation with homeless persons living in parked cars or camping off the road in the woods,

these easy to carry and ready-to-eat foods provide a helpful tool to support our local officers.


Kitchenless bags are packed with easy to open foods such as breakfast bars, raisins, peanut butter, crackers, canned chicken, cup of soup,  boxed milk,  juice boxes and a fork and spoon wrapped in a napkin.  Before they’re bundled for travel, slips of helpful information are inserted, such as how to get to Helpline House for hot water for the cup of soup or a hot drink, essential hygiene products, telephone and computer access and more.  In addition, Helpline House offers cost-free, confidential social work services, if needed.


These ice breakers help the Bainbridge Island Police Department and Helpline House connect with homeless persons. Community members can help homeless persons by calling 911 for an officer to conduct a well-fare check, and share information about local services. Always think about your safety first. Never offer rides in your car to someone you don’t know, and never stand with anyone in a poorly lit place. If you feel unsafe, don’t worry about being rude. Just leave the situation. Your safety is a top priority always.

Kitsap Resource Guide

Warming Shelters Nearby


In the event of a power outage during cold weather, the City of Bainbridge Island may activate the Senior Center as a Warming Center. Learn more...

Get Severe Weather Shelter Updates


The severe weather shelters serve all citizens in our area who require safe overnight refuge when hazardous weather conditions are expected. Further activation will be weather and volunteer dependent.

Severe Weather Shelters provide safe and warm beds in Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, and Port Orchard during severe weather events Nov 1 - Mar 31.

Call 211 or text*


to 898-211





Nearby Shelters Click Map


Guests will not be permitted to check into the shelter after 9 PM. If no guests have checked into a shelter location by 9 PM, that location will close for the evening.

At Helpline House


Kitchenless bags, coffee/tea, instant soups, fruits and veggies


Tents, blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads



Socks, gloves, hats, coats

Hygiene Products




Feminine Hygiene Products

Long Term Planning

Cost free case management

Transportation Assistance

Request assistance at the front desk

Most Needed Items

Adult Socks

Adult Gloves

Adult Jackets


Sleeping Pads

Gateway Fellowship Day Room & Meals

7 Days a week support resource related to COVID-19 response
18901 8th Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA

Silverdale United Methodist Church
9982 Silverdale Way
Silverdale, WA

Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Rd NE
Kingston, WA
(Open from 6:30 PM til 6:30 AM)

Port Orchard United Methodist Church

725 Kitsap StPort Orchard, WA

Helpline House Food Bank and Social Services of Bainbridge Island

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

Business Hours

Weekdays 9 AM - 5 PM

Food Bank Hours

Weekdays (except Wed.)

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


(206) 842.7621



(206) 842-9867

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