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 December 2016?
In their own words...a partial list

  • I am in between jobs and need assistance.
  • Prescription Meds
  • Request for a grant of help with fees for swimming to help with severe spasticity from Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Help with Boys and Girls Club
  • Relationship problems

Social Workers noted for December:

1. Throughout 2016, Helpline House social workers distributed $27,000 worth of park vouchers to low income families, disabled, and income qualified senior citizens. Those vouchers allowed low income families to participate in activities they could not otherwise afford for their children. as held at the Senior Center. Helpline House participated in both of these events. The SHIBA events are set up to help senior citizens make the best choice during open enrollment for Medicare.

2. There were two Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) events that took place on Bainbridge in October and December. Helpline House provided a SHIBA representative at each of those events.

3. Kitsap Community Resourced (KCR), opened the Energy Assistance Program calendars for October, November, and December. That KCR program provides income qualified clients financial relief for their Puget Sound Energy (PSE) bills. Helpline's Intake Coordinator assists clients to sign up for an appointment to get PSE assistance.

The Food Bank/Volunteer Managers noted for December 2016

1. We served a total of 913 households during the month of December. This is slightly less than the average per month over the past year, which was 955 services. Here is the breakdown by ages for individuals served this month: 25% Children 0-18; 40% Adults 19-54; 35% Seniors 55+.

2. Holiday season food drives continued during the month of December with sizeable donations from a variety of businesses, community groups and schools.

3. Results of the quarterly state-mandated nutrition study indicated that our food bank shoppers select 73% 'healthier' options and only 27% 'less healthy' options. Healthier options include fruits/veggies, dairy, proteins, grains and water.



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