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

  • Facing eviction
  • Medicare info and guidance & social security
  • Mental health services
  • Help w/Boys & Girls Club tuition
  • Recent DV case - childcare
  • Rental assistance. Received pay or vacate notice.
  • I am struggling to provide for my family - childcare, sometimes enough food.

Social Workers noted for June:

The social workers have recently seen a lot more clients for summer planning which occurred right after school was out for the summer. Helpline assists Bainbridge children to stay active and constructively engaged all summer long

The social workers have seen several clients coming in for - EVERYTHING. Clients are coming in with "complex needs". These clients come in with no sense of where to restart their lives after divorce, job loss, or a death of a spouse. Social Work toured the new BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) facility. Social work is currently working out the details to provide needs assessments for membership grants to BARN.

An observation has been how much larger the dollar amounts that clients are requesting for rental assistance. Rental requests used to average between $500 to a $1,000 but now the average requested amounts are at least $1,500. One woman came and requested $2,800 for her monthly rent on a two bedroom apartment here on Bainbridge Island.



The Food Bank/Volunteer Managers noted for June:

"Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" project began the last week of June. Families receive a "bonus" grocery bag of food items appropriate for kids' lunches and snack each week during the school summer break. During the first week, 47 bags of "kid-friendly" foods were distributed to families. The project is funded by a grant through our local Bank of America branch office.

The number of visits to the food bank, as well as individuals, is slightly up compared to the monthly totals for each of the past months since the first of the year. It is also the first month we have exceeded 1,000 visits-this month was 1018. The closest since the first of the year was 997.

A "Solstice Walk" and teatime was held at for Helpline volunteers on June 21 at one of our Island non-profit partners, Islandwood. About 20 volunteers attended the event, learning about the unique watershed environment at the facility as well as the programs that the Institute offers to low income children.



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