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 March 2014?
In their own words...a partial list

  • Rental assistance (1 month)
  • Counseling referral for anxiety
  • I need help getting groceries.
  • Scholarship for rowing
  • Help making a decision about having surgery or not. Facing tax audit
  • I need housing. I have no income. I do receive food stamps. Was to stay with elderly relative on Island but she has changed her mind. Would like assistance in finding permanent housing if possible. Lost health ins due to sale of close to foreclosure home. Once pay off debts, money gone.
  • Question
  • Parks & Rec
  • I need assistance acquiring senior housing
  • Rental Assistance

Social Workers noted for March:

In March, Social Work booked approximately 20 people for energy assistance appointments for Spring 2014. This continues to fulfill the goal of connecting people to stable ways of meeting their long-term basic needs. Stepping Stones noted 4 people who found jobs in March that were either after a period of no job, or that stabilized their lifestyle (earning more money, closer to home, more time with family, etc.)

The Food Bank manager noted for March:

  • Number of households using food bank continued to exceed 300 per week in March.
  • Plentiful supply of donated meats allowed food bank to give extra proteins on Fridays.
  • Extra protein day eased some pressure on Mondays, when number of visitors had been routinely nearly 100 per week.
  • Amount of donated produce has dramatically increased, particularly mid-week.

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