NOTE: All new clients will need to fill out a New Client Intake Form prior to enrollment.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-376-3184 for more information.
Vulnerable persons that need home delivery of essential household goods such as food or medicine can call Senior Services or the Resource Center for help.
San Juan County Senior Services
Heidi Bruce 360-370-0591
Orcas Community Resource Center
Jana Daniel-Webb 360-376-3184
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the Resource Center. Pick up 3PM - 5PM.
If you are a current Resource Center or Food Bank client, you are eligible for a free monthly allocation of household and personal items such as laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and many other items. Clients will call in a list of needs and our staff will gather items to place outside for pick-up. New clients will need to fill out an intake form prior to enrollment. Please see the COATES' Cabinet page for more information.
The Energy Assistance program is available as a bill credit to members who are reenrolled on the standard Residential rate and have qualified for assistance through another program for low-income households such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Free/Reduced Lunch Program, Apple Health (MEDICAID), Social Security Disability (SSDI), San Juan County Senior/Disabled Tax Exemption Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Rental Assistance, Other Utility Assistance.
Apply directly here: https://www.opalco.com/energy-assist-application
OPALCO’s Project Pal
A program for those needing extra assistance during hardship. You must be an active residential member of OPALCO for the 4 months prior to application. Applications for Project Pal are coordinated directly with the Orcas Community Resource Center. Email email@example.com for an application or for more information.
Individuals and families enrolled in Medicaid (Apple) may qualify for ferry and gas vouchers for off-island medical appointments. Ferry tickets for off-island appointments are approved on a case-by-case basis.
Emergency funds are available to assist with basic necessities related to housing (not rent), food, access to medical services, and transportation. Please fill out an intake form with details (including copies of bills, project estimates, etc. for consideration). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a San Juan County resident who has fallen behind on rent? If so, you may be eligible for assistance, care of the Opportunity Council. Renters may receive a maximum of 4 months total rent assistance. One month must be in arrears, while the other 3 can be current or future rent payments. Apply online: https://www.oppco.org/sanjuanrentalassistancetenant/
Can’t apply online? Call (360) 734-5121 extension 1308. Translation services are available upon request.
The Food Bank is now open 3 days a week.
Mondays 3:00-6:30 pm; Tuesdays and Fridays (12pm-6:30pm). 360-376-4445.
Orcas Island School District will be supplying any child free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the state mandated school closure time. Bagged meals containing a lunch and a breakfast for the following day will be available Monday - Friday between 11:30 & 1:00 at the School Pick Up/Drop Off Circle. Weekend meals will be available for pick up on Fridays. You can help us with planning by filling out a weekly pre-order form. Meals will be provided to all children regardless of whether the pre-order form has been filled out or not. If your family is not able to pick up meals at school but need nutritional support, please contact your school administrator so that we can plan for remote delivery. For questions or inquiries please contact Madden Surbaugh, OISD Food Services Director at email@example.com.
Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance. https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home
· Basic Food (Food Stamps) : Am I eligible?
· Application for food and cash assistance: Apply here
Washington Healthplanfinder offers healthcare coverage for children, parents/caretakers with children, pregnant women, or adults age 18 to 64 years old. For information regarding available services or to apply for benefits, visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Language assistance and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Community Wellness Program
This program provides low-cost access to mental healthcare for approved, uninsured or under-insured Orcas Island Residents. Program participants can receive up to 12 counseling sessions for a sliding scale copay of $5–$30 per session. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Orcas Recovery in Community
Recovery in Community works with Orcas Islanders struggling with mental health and addiction issues, connecting them with supports, services, encouragement and advocacy.
San Juan County Resources for Mental Health Support
Crisis Therapy Project: COVID-19
Thero.org connects people affected by national crises to free therapy.
24-hour Crisis Line phone number for families and those in crisis
imhurting.org online chat
ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington in the North Puget Sound and Salish regions. Their mission is to help people by providing online emotional support during times of crisis.
Recovery Help Line
The Washington Recovery Help Line is an anonymous and confidential help line that provides crisis intervention and referral services for Washington State residents.
https://www.crisisconnections.org/wa-recovery-help-line or call 866-789-1511