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.
- Social Work/Advocacy
- Food Bank
- Clothing Works
- Counseling Program
- Medical Equipment Loan
- Volunteer Opportunities
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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- Just moved to state, housing plans fell through. Now staying in hotel and not being able to afford it or much food.
- Can't able to pay rent, did not able to work for a week because did have a surgery last week.
- Needed food assistance
- I am almost 5 months pregnant and my son and I am homeless living in my car. We are looking for any kind of housing help.
- Domestic violence resources, transitional housing, income & food assistance programs, medical assistance, dental assistance, counseling.
- Assistance with electric bill, possibly food
- Need health insurance and food benefits. Pregnant.
- My mom has dementia and I'm struggling with the decision of putting her in a nursing home and how do I weigh her needs against those of my girls and myself?
November 2013 brought people seeking help with PSE and heating costs. Social workers connected about 25 families to energy assistance appointments. The Church of Christ, Scientist on Bainbridge Island donated fuel to Helpline when transferring to propane, which had great impact, too.
Social work coordinated the donation of 397 gallons of fuel oil to three households. This donation provided about 130 gallons of free oil to each family, the day before Thanksgiving! One of the recipients was a senior, who just a few days prior to the delivery asked about possibility of help paying for 50 gallons, at a cost of $214.
The retail price of all of the fuel, for the three families, is around $1,400. Cooper's Fuel & Auto Repair, in Bremerton, grants Helpline a discounted hourly rate for pump out of donated oil and delivery. The total Helpline paid for the three families was approximately $184.
Thank you to Cooper Fuel and Auto Repair and Church of Christ, Scientist. Good example of how community and business can work together to bridge access to basic resources for people in need.
A total of 270 families shopped in the food bank for their Thanksgiving food on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Adding in the 31 shoppers to signed up but didn't come in to the food bank that week, we can definitely say that we have 300 active registered households using the food bank.
We had an abundance of community food drives, with enough staple foods on hand to last about three months. These are items that we would have to purchase otherwise. More food is coming in, which shows the support we enjoy in the community.