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

  • Utility help; other resources
  • Would like to get scholarship to Boys & Girls Club for the summer for child who will be living with us this summer.
  • Need info. on what we can do to get financial & food assistance temporarily
  • SNAP
  • Separated from husband, endured large amounts of stress to near breakdown. Housing only temporary. Counseling needed and housing for myself and child.
  • Change in job/income
  • Relocating from St. Louis, Mo. To here (WA State). Needed help to find affordable housing for my mother and brother.

Social Workers noted for March:

In March, social workers assisted with numerous SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) applications, as Helpline conducted a special outreach to customers ages 55 or over. A grocery store gift card will be awarded for approved applications made during the month of March for this population. Requests were also received for support for housing needs, mental health and family counseling, park vouchers and ferry tickets for medical appointments.

Housing Solutions is now located on-site to assist clients with finding available housing and other housing supports and joins KCR (Kitsap Community Resources) staff who is helping with energy assistance appointments on Wednesdays and KMH (Kitsap Mental Health) staff who conducts therapy appointments with island residents on Mondays.

The Food Bank Manager noted for March:

1. Food Lifeline conducted their annual monitoring. No variances from contractual obligations were noted; the food bank passed muster at 100%.

2. Food inventory remained at high levels, augmented by plentiful community donations especially from the local grocery stores.

3. The ability of volunteers to safely and efficiently locate and move stored food was enhanced by the installation of solar lighting in the previously very dark storage shed and mobile unit.

4. Increased need for volunteers to sort large amounts of donated food was met by large numbers of new community service students needing hours at the end of BHS winter semester.



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