Winter is here! We want you to be prepared, and to know where to reach out for assistance that you might need in the cold weather. This list below was compiled by our community library staff and we would love to know if there's another resource that should be included. If you know of one, please contact Anne Murphy, Lead Librarian for Information Services.
St. Vincent DePaul offers limited assistance with rent, utilities, gas, etc. when funding is available. Phone: 425-355-3504.
Project Pride, through the Snohomish County Red Cross offers year-round assistance with energy bills. Phone: 425-252-4103
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - Snohomish County - 13910 45th Ave NE Room 829, Marysville, WA, 98271 Phone: 425-304-3203, email@example.com, Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For active duty/retired Sailors and Marines and their family members, and for survivors of deceased Sailors/Marines. Provides interest-free loans or grants to help with emergency needs such as: emergency transportation; funeral expenses; medical/dental bills; food/rent/utilities; disaster relief assistance; child care expenses; essential vehicle repairs; and personal needs when pay is delayed.
Hands Together Cold Weather Shelter Arlington, WA 98223, 360-403-4674. Open only when the forecast calls for temps below 32 degrees F for 3 or more hours. Call for location, as it changes. A light supper and breakfast are usually served at each location.
Central Whidbey Island
Ryan's House for Youth, 19777 State Rte 20, Coupeville, WA. Ryan's House serves youth ages 13-24. The Drop-in Center is designed to be a place to come out of the elements and find food, friendship, and adult support. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday - Friday. Phone: 360-331-4575. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Counties' Family Services is the primary resource for those with shelter needs in Darrington. They also assist community members with fuel costs. The Darrington Community Center is used as an evacuation/Red Cross location in the event of a disaster, and the Darrington food bank will sometimes open when the community suffers from widespread, long-lasting power outages. For Native Americans, the nearby Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe (Skagit County) provides shelter and resources.
Cocoon Houseprovides short- and long-term housing to homeless people ages 12-17 years old, and their children. Teens receive help engaging in school, preparing for employment, learning life skills, and accessing community services.
TheMonroe Cold Weather Shelteron 1016 W Main Street, Monroe, is open on nights when the temperature is forecast to drop below 32 degrees between Nov 15 and March 15. Call 360-453-7622 to confirm the shelter is open.
Spin Café, 658 SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor, WA
Provides hot meals, vocational training, as well as a drop-in center that offers other free services such as laundry, wireless, hygiene products, shower passes and housing referrals.
The Haven provides overnight shelter every night for adults and children with a parent; transportation to the shelter and cots/bedding provided; evening snacks and simple morning breakfast; registration/check-in:
Monday -Friday from 6 - 6:30 PM @ Grace By the Sea - 540 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
Saturday and Sunday from 6 - 6:30 PM @ Spin Café - 658 SE Bayshore Dr, Oak Harbor
The Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter: Snohomish Evangelical Free Church, 210 Avenue B., (360) 568-9476. Check in: 8-9:30 p.m. The shelter is open when the temperature is forecast to fall below 34 degrees. Daily updates for the Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter are posted on their Facebook page and at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave.
South Whidbey Island
Helping Hand of South Whidbey. Provides immediate financial assistance when basic services of life and well-being are in danger of being discontinued. Helping Hand assists with heating bills, electric bills, rent, mortgage payments, home emergencies, and provides referrals to other agencies. Office hours: 9 a.m.-noon on weekdays. Phone: 360-221-7777.
Whidbey Island Nourishes Provides two free self-service vending machines: Behind the Clinton Community Hall up the hill from the ferry terminal Inside the Good Cheer Thrift Store in Langley on Anthes Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets.
Island Church Soup Kitchen 503 Cascade Avenue Langley, WA 98260. The Island Church soup kitchen serves the South Whidbey community by providing free warm meals every Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1:30 p.m. Phone: 360-221-6980.
A free meal is served every Wednesday night by Mountainview Christian Fellowship Church at 211 6th Street.
Thriving Threads of VOA assists youth with warm clothing and items like hats, gloves, and coats. For an unmet need call (360) 793-2400.