Finding peace in a new home

Success Story

In December 2016, Fishline was contacted by a couple in their sixties regarding their inhabitable living situation.

Long me Home Delivery clients of Fishline, they reached out to their trusted food bank for additional help. Their rental of nine years was experiencing severe plumbing issues causing the septic to backed up to a point where they were unable to use their sink, toilet, or shower. The landlord did a temporary fix to remedy the situation so the home was habitable; however, the couple needed to find another living situation as the landlord planned to sell the home.

Through tears the client shared she was overwhelmed and anxious with the prospect of finding affordable housing to fit their needs. She explained that her husband has a rare disease that mimics Alzheimer’s and that she herself has heart issues, and as a result they are housebound. They live on a fixed income of $1,200.00 a month and needed to find a rental that accepted pets and was under $900.00, their current rent. She didn’t know if finding an affordable rental was possible and was hoping for some financial assistance to help with the move.

Over the next several months, the staff at Fishline and Housing Solutions Center worked collaboratively to find an affordable rental for this couple. We found a low-income apartment on Bainbridge Island and in April the couple moved to their new home. Fishline partnered with Housing Solutions Center, Kitsap Community Resources, Helpline House, Bainbridge Island St Vincent de Paul, and donor directed funds from LIONS to pay for the movers, cab fare, first month’s rent, deposit, and ongoing rental assistance for two consecutive months.

The best part is their rent is now lower and they are no longer housebound. Living in the heart of Winslow they are able to walk to Helpline, the pharmacy, and their doctor’s office. After settling into their new home, the couple contacted Fishline to say thank you for the support during this stressful me in their life. They love their new apartment and feel at peace in their new home.


I Need Help with Everything

Success Story

A male client called saying he needed help with “everything”. He spoke quietly and sounded distressed. He admitted he is an alcoholic and lost everything because of his drinking and doesn’t know what to do. An appointment was made for him the following day to talk to the advocate.

He showed up on time but the advocate smelled liquor on his breath. He was pale and looked like he was holding back tears throughout the meeting. He asked for rental assistance and help with his power bill. He wasn’t working due to his alcohol problem. The advocate said Fishline would review his request to get help with his bills after he did the following: 1) completed detox, 2) returned to AA, 3) met with a financial counselor, and 4) dealt with his traffic ticket.

Since his first meeting, he has followed through with all of his assigned tasks and maintained contact with the advocate. He started working again. He met with the HSC navigator and was approved for rental assistance. He contributed $100 to his auto insurance bill so Fishline paid the remainder of his bill with Lions Club funding. The client shops weekly for food and stops to say hello to the Advocate, where he is greeted with a smile and receives positive comments for his continued sobriety. Last week, the client wrote a note to the Lions Club and Fishline to thank us for the support during this difficult time.


Share Your Love at Fishline!

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Share your love this week at Fishline! Surprise your Valentine with a gift given in your name:

  • make a donation this week at www.northkitsapfishline.org,
  • include a note that includes your Valentine’s name and email address
  • we will send them an e-card letting them know that a donation was made thinking of them!

Kitsap Bank Announces $50k Donation to Fishline Community Challenge

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Thank you Dr. Meredith “Buzz” Smith and Helen Langer Smith, and Kitsap Bank for your generous and meaningful $50,000 Community Challenge donation for our “Transforming Lives Capital Campaign.”

Since 1908, Kitsap Bank has been dedicated to making a difference. Thank you for all you do for our community! #nkfishline #transforminglives #capitalcampaign #communitychallenge


September is Hunger Action Month!

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September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and member food banks, including North Kitsap Fishline, ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community all month long. This time of year — right before the holidays, is when food banks experience their lowest inventory.

During Hunger Action Month, we are focusing on two important programs: Healthy Table and Food for Thought.

Healthy Table aims to provide items such as dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients through our market. These items are provided through grocery rescue, which can sometimes be scarce, depending on their inventory. Fishline struggles to keep perishable items on our shelves. These items include:

  • Fresh milk
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Eggs

These items are critical to encouraging a balanced a diet and a Healthy Table for our clients.

Our receiving hours for donations of these perishable items are: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 8:30am to 2pm and Wed from 8:30am to 6pm. Please note: these are donation receiving hours only, food bank operation hours are different. Please do not leave donations at the door after hours. Arrangements can be made to deliver donations of perishable items after hours by emailing nkfishline@gmail.com.

As school begins, we start to focus on one of our most expensive programs: Food for Thought. Purchased items are packed in anonymous meal packs that are delivered to the school counselors every Friday afternoon.  They are in turn discretely distributed to the children at school before they leave for the weekend.  Children are eligible if they exhibit signs of chronic hunger or are part of the free meal program in their school.

When donating items for our Food for Thought program, you can use this handy shopping list:

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Pop tarts
  • Individual oatmeal packets
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Apple sauce cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Individual cereal boxes
  • Cup of noodles
  • Chicken soup or chili
  • Individual packages of raisins or craisins
  • Other healthy snack items

Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join Fishline and make a real and lasting impact on our effort to support our neighbors in need. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

Visit our website, our Facebook page and our calendar to see what you can do in September to participate in Hunger Action Month! We’re adding new events all throughout September.