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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See Us In Action!

Helpline House Slide Show



Kids Helping Kids

Helpline provides volunteer opportunities for all age groups.



Middle School students create cozy fleece quilts for Helpline's families




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What brought neighbors to Helpline House in May 2015?
In their own words...a partial list

  • Husing and daycare
  • Boys & Girls Club bill, SNAP benefits, child care (?)
  • Senior services
  • Husband had major back surgery and is having difficulty coming back to good health.
  • Needing help and guidance to execute my plan and any financial assistance to get me to my next job
  • Moving in with dad. We have not lived together for 30 years.
  • I am needing to find a counselor, therapist - for accountability and one on one interaction for addictive behavior
  • Anger control counseling
  • Need help finding resources for temporary assistance

Social Workers noted for May:

For May, social workers welcomed a new colleague. She is learning the scope of services Helpline provides. Social workers have met with many families and provided a large amount of Bainbridge Island Park District vouchers and we have only about $1,000 left in the budget for summer. We are on our 5th week for Advanced DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)class with 5 participants. June is the last month of Salvation Army Warm Home Fund Vouchers for this year. We have utilized all of the funds they provided.

The Food Bank Manager noted for May:

  • USPS Letter carriers Food Drive was a huge success, bringing in over 6 TONS of a large variety of non-perishable food items from all over Bainbridge Island in just over four hours. Relocating the event to the Helpline property this year had its challenges, but thanks to the efforts of about 15 volunteers that day, we met them and had fun, too.
  • The food bank conducted fourth State-mandated quarterly study of nutritional composition of food selected by food bank clients. Results were very similar to previous studies: 74% of clients' choices were from the 'more healthy' choices such as fresh produce, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, protein and dairy. Only 26% of the choices were 'less healthy' items such as beverages, processed foods, frozen meals, snack and dessert items. Since we have a system that allows for a full range of choice, the results are an indication that people using the food bank are able to meet guidelines for eating a healthy. diet
  • Volunteers in the food bank encouraged seniors to apply for the 2015 program from Kitsap Meals on Wheels that grants low-income individuals over age 60 vouchers to purchase fresh food. Eligible applicants will receive $40 worth of vouchers in late June to spend at any Kitsap County Farmers Market.


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