Resource Centers

Resource Centers offer various services from one location.

DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services)

Monday–Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

(877) 501-2233  —  4101 Meridian Street, Bellingham

Opportunity Council

Monday–Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

(360) 734-5121  —  1111 Cornwall Avenue, Suite C, Bellingham

  • Housing programs, emergency shelters, and landlord/tenant information
  • Assistance accessing community services and providing basic needs
  • Referrals to other community resources

Salvation Army

Monday–Tuesday, Thursday–Friday: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday: 9:30 to 11:30 am

(360) 733-1410  —  2919 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham

  • Food, clothing, and hygiene supplies
  • Furniture and household items
  • Holiday assistance

Love INC

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

(360) 671-6201

  • Furniture and bedding
  • Budget counseling
  • Referrals to other community resources

Northwest Regional Council 

Monday–Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

(360) 676-6749  —  600 Lakeway Drive, Suite 100, Bellingham

East Whatcom Regional Resource Center

Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

(360) 599-3944  —  8251 Kendall Road, Maple Falls

  • Tutoring, youth activities, and community meetings
  • Public computers and printers
  • Referrals and assistance accessing community resources

Hope HouseClosed until further notice

(360) 671-8702

Food & Meals

Operation School Bell (Assistance League of Bellingham): Annual event in early fall. Must be referred through the Whatcom County School Districts’ Family Resource Coordinator. For the Bellingham School District, contact Emily H-K at (360) 676-6524 or Roxana Parise at (360) 676-6523 ext. 6523.

Laurel Community Baptist Church, 162 W. Laurel Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226 Phone: (360) 398-1761; Hrs. Thursdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Provides clothing, blankets, small household items. Everyone welcome.

Lighthouse Mission Distribution Center, 1012 Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: 360-733-5120 x103 By appointment only. Household items, clothing, and furniture (mattresses, bedding, desks, shelves, couches, chairs). ID and proof of address required. Location is across street from Lighthouse Mission Drop In Center.

Lilies of the Field Clothing Bank, Acme Presbyterian Church 2054 Valley Highway, Acme, WA - Phone: (360) 595-2898; Hrs. 2nd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm Clothing and coats for all ages

Project Hope Food Bank, 205 S. BC Ave., #105, Lynden, WA 98264 Phone: (360) 354-4673, Web: Hrs. M/W/F: 9:30am-3pm. Must live north of Smith Road (Lynden, Sumas, Everson, Nooksack, Blaine) Food and clothing.

Salt on the Street, 1512 N. State Street (in parking lot next to Louis Auto Glass), Bellingham, WA 98225 Hrs. Saturday 6:45pm-8:45pm. Ministry of Cornwall Church provides a prepared meal, clothing, hygiene items, and YMCA shower passes.

Salvation Army, 2912 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: (360) 733-1410; Hrs. M/T/TH/F: 9:30am-3:00pm, Wed 9:30am-11:30 (for food only). Food, clothing, household items, holiday programs

Seventh Day Adventist Church, 910 N. Forest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: (360) 733-7056; Hrs. Tuesday 9:30am-11:30am. Clothing bank- limited to one visit per month.

Blaine Clothing Bank, 500 C Street, adjacent to Food Bank, Blaine, WA 98230 Hrs. T/F 9am-12pm Provides clothing for all ages, linens and bedding

We Care of Whatcom County, 3550 Meridian, Suite #2, Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: (360) 647-5415; Hrs. T/W/TH/F/Sat 10am-3pm Provides clothing, furniture and household items. 2 bags of clothes for $3.00, 4 bags for $5.00

Wise Buys Shop, 1224 North State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: (360) 734-0202; Hrs. Monday-Saturday 10am-5:00pm. Provides clothing and household items. Store is program of Lydia Place Transitional Housing Program.

The Men’s Haberdashery (Hope House), 207 Kentucky, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360-676-2178 ext. 4005, Call to make appointment Provides professional clothing for men returning to work, free of charge

Back to Work Boutique YWCA 1026 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: (360) 734-4820, By Appointment Only. Provides professional clothing and accessories for low-income women. Quarterly clothing giveaways, emergency wardrobe replacement, and school clothing. Free of charge

Housing & Shelter
  • Agape House - Shelter for single women and women with children, program connected to Lighthouse Mission.  For Agape intake application click here 
  • Lydia Place - Residential Program for women with children and Emergency Housing for families
  • Lighthouse Mission - Emergency shelter for men
  • New Way Ministries - Temporary housing for women with children
  • Womencare Shelter - Confidential emergency shelter for women with or without children fleeing domestic violence
  • YWCA - Free or low cost temporary housing for women without children
  • Anacortes Family Center - Emergency shelter for women/families with children
  • Friendship House - Emergency shelter for single women and women with children
Youth Housing
  • Northwest Youth Services - (link to NWYS's website)  NWYS work with homeless and at-risk youth in Skagit and Whatcom Counties
  • Great Expectations - (link to website)  Home for expectant women
  • Youthnet - (link to website)  Treatment based Foster Care, Independent Living and Transitional Program, Parent Education & Support Programs, Family Preservation Services, Emerson High School
Rent Assistance
  • Housing Authority Programs - Contact information and list of programs for Whatcom County Housing Authority
  • Opportunity Council Homeless Prevention Program - Helps keep individuals and families in their homes by providing rental assistance
  • Whatcom Homeless Service Center - Brochure - Eviction prevention, rental assistance and other services
  • Eviction Prevention Program from the Opportunity Council - they currently have Eviction Prevention funding, for more information contact the Communnity Resource Center at 734-5121 (May 2012)
  • Foreclosure Mediation from Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center - For people who are facing imminent default or are in default on their loans and want help talking with theire lender and negotiating a solution.  By referral only from an attorney, housing caseworker, or for low-income legal assistance from Northwest Justice Project's CLEAR line at 1-888-201-1014
Medical Care
Dental Care
  • ABCD Baby & Child Dentristry - Connects low-income families with dentists, educate parents how to take good care of their children's teeth
  • Sea Mar Dental Clinic - Family dentistry and emergency dental care for low income and immigrant families
  • Interfaith Denal Clinic - Non profit clinic, no one is denied services for inability to pay
  • Dental Offices Accepting DSHS Medical Coupon (or reduced fee) - List of dentists in Whatcom County that accept DSHS coupons
  • Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition - Oral health tips for parents of infants, toddlers, and children
Mental Health & Parenting
  • Whatcom Mental Health Providers Directory - Link from NAMI website - Directory of Clinics & Agencies, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, North Sound Mental Health Administration, Chemical Dependency Professionals, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Registered Counselors, and other help
  • Brigid Collins - Family support center providing support groups, monthly activity events, pregnancy support for moms in recovery and assists families in finding additional supports in the community
  • Catholic Community Services - CCS Family Centers offer support srevices to families in crisis, as well as services for children who are struggling with family breakup or mental health issues.
  • Interfaith Community Health Center - ICHC is a state-licensed mental health facility and have a contract to provide mental health services with the Regional Support Network (RSN)
  • NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Whatcom County offer workshops, support groups, educational meetings, and resource materials
  • WAHA Behavioral Health Access Program - Connects people to affordable mental health counseling services in Whatcom County
  • Northwest Regional Council - Senior Information & Assistance Programs, Family Caregiver Support Programs, Aging & Disability and Caregiver Resources, Care Transitions Program, Case Management, Tribal Outreach & Assistance, Medicaid Transportation, Kinship Care Services
  • Sea Mar Community Health Center - Chemical Dependency Services (Adults) and Mental Health Services
  • Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic - Mental health services for adults, elders, children and family, psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational group sessions
  • Rainbow Recovery Center - A program of Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic - shower passes, laundry vouchers, hygiene supplies, mail, computer access, socialization, peer advocacy, job readiness assistance
Legal Support
  • Law Advocates - Attorney consultation and direct representation with family law, guardiansip, housing, consumer/finance, employment, civil rights, general civil defense, wills, license revocations, children's and homeless individuals' SSI benefits.  Programs include Street Law, Tenant Clinic, Homeless Disability Benefits, Kinship Clinic.  Access to programs through CLEAR line;
  • CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral) - Starting point for low income people seeking free legal assistance, including Northwest Justice Project and Law Advocates.
  • Northwest Justice Project - A statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington; Program Flyer
  • Whatcom County Law & Justice Services - Web link to Whatcom County District Courts, Juvenile Services, Legal Assistance, Law Enforcement, Reports
  • City of Bellingham Municipal Court - Court information, Parking Tickets, Infractions, Criminal Misdemeanors
  • Washington State Court Forms - Link to Washington Courts, forms used statewide in Washington Courts