Statewide Training Opportunities
Matrix of professional-technical programs
List of worker retraining contacts
Whatcom County Love INC (In the name of Christ)
Provides a self-help program designed to help people find
their way out of financial difficulties and into a debt-free
way of living.
Whatcom Financial Services
Provides a service in which they receive your monthly
checks, maintain accounts, and disburse funds to meet your monthly living expenses.
Rent payment assistance for Whatcom County residents
facing an eviction.
Eviction prevention and deposit assistance. Please call
for specific eligibility quidelines.
Phone: 360.734.5121 x370
The Opportunity Council
Program helps eligible households pay heating and energy expenses.
The energy assistance program runs from January-May, however, residents with a medical emergency who are in danger of getting the utilities shut off, can call for help anytime of the year.
Call 2-1-1 for the closest food bank.
Bellingham Food Bank
Food distribution Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:30-3:00 and Wednesday 5:00-7:00.
Phone: (360) 676-0392
Basic Food Benefits
For more information or to apply online, visit http://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/TEC/
and click on "apply for services."
Phone: 877.514.FOOD For help completing an application call Opportunity Council at 360.734.5121
Whatcom County Health Department
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
MEDICAL & DENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Medical Assistance Benefits
For more information or to apply online, visit
and click on "apply for services."
Interfaith Community Health Center
Community clinic that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health care services.
Phone: 360.734.2983 or 360.676.6177
Sea Mar Community Health Center
Provides low-cost comprehensive medical, dental, substance abuse, and mental health services to underserved and low-income people. Bellingham and Everson Sites
Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access
WAHA provides impartial information and assistance to individuals seeking health insurance and access to healthcare in Whatcom County.
EMERGENCY SHELTER ASSISTANCE
Call 2-1-1 for information on locations and hours.
Interfaith Coalition’s Cold Weather Shelters for this winter will be open when temperatures are below freezing, or a combo of extreme wind or snow:
Women’s Shelter - Garden St Methodist Church on the corner of N. Garden and Magnolia
Men’s Shelter - Faith Lutheran on Northwest Ave and I-5
Both are open at 5pm until 8am the next day
Transportation from certain organizations like The Rainbow Center, the Lighthouse Mission, and others will be provided to these shelters.
Cold weather shelter hotline: 360-788-7983
Interfaith Coalition Office number: 360-734-3983
Call 2-1-1 for support groups.
CARE Crisis Response Line
24-hour crisis intervention counseling, suicide intervention and access to mental health emergency services for individuals and families in Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, Island and Whatcom Counties. This program is run by the Volunteers of America Western Washington.
Alcohol & Drug Helpline
Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 360.715.1563 or 877.715.1563
Employment Related Assistance for veterans.
DAV Transportation Network
Transportation to medical care for veterans who have no other form of transportation available
Vietnam Veterans of America #165
Vet Center Claims assistance, mental health counseling for combat veterans.
Veterans Relief Fund and Service Office
VA claims, family benefits, rent, utilities, food, medical
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Child Care Resource and Referral
Phone: 360.734.5121 ext 227
Working Connections Child Care
For more information or to apply online,
and click on "apply for services.
FAMILY CAREGIVER ASSISTANCE
Northwest Regional Council
THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE
Low Income Food Baskets & Gift Assistance
Applications taken at:
2912 Northwest Avenue
Monday - Friday, November 2-20, 2009
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For more information, click here.
Due to limited resources, the Salvation Army has a three-year limit. If you have been assisted for three years with the Salvation Army, you will have to find other resources. The Salvation Army would also like clients to have a referral from one of the agencies they are working with.
What you need to bring:
1. Identification and Social Security Card, or medical card.
2. Last three months income verification for the whole household: paycheck stubs, DSHS award letters, SSI award letters or a letter from your employer.
3. Identification for all other members of the household. You will need Social Security Cards, Medical Cards, or Birth Certificates.
4. Two pieces of address verification: Current utility bills, rent receipts or current rental agreement; and a phone number.
5. Salvation Army only provides gifts for children ages 0-14. Please know their interests and sizes of clothing and have the list with you when you come. (Example Kenny, age 6, Book-Power Rangers, Coat size 8, Pants size 6, shirt size Med or 6-8, Shoes size 2). Salvation Army will not take information on items over $25.