HELPLINE HOUSE offers an umbrella of social services and invites the community to become part of a circle of giving and receiving help. Neighbor helping neighbor – one neighbor at a time.
Recently, social workers saw a client due to housing needs. Evelyn (named changed) had lost her mother and was trying to escape an abusive marriage. She had two children of her own and had been granted custody of two nephews. She was studying to pass an exam to get her license as a behavioral therapist, but needed to remove herself and her children form their toxic home environment. Helpline House partnered with Housing Solutions Center and Saint Vincent de Paul to help Evelyn find a rental, pay her deposit, and first month’s rent. In addition, Evelyn received free mental health services through Helpline House. One of our case managers referred Evelyn to a non-profit debt management agency and she continues to use the food bank to stretch her food budget. In addition, Evelyn was referred to Bainbridge Youth Services to access therapy for one of her children and CLEAR legal services to assist with some custody details. As far as Helpline knows, the client and her children have remained in their new housing and have stabilized. This is such an amazing display of the amount of partnership Helpline leans on to coordinate all the resources needed for someone, and how the donations from the Kitsap Great Give that supplement our social work department go directly towards stability for our clients.
This funding allows us to provide immediate assistance to families that are struggling with daily hurdles that can throw off any households that may experience unexpected trauma or financial distress.
282 Knechtel Way NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110