About Us

Mission, History, and Values

Stopping Homelessness Before it Starts


The West Seattle Helpline is a nonprofit social service agency offering emergency assistance for our West Seattle and White Center neighbors. We provide financial assistance, clothing, information, and referrals to help individuals and families in need. We strive to strengthen our community through “neighbors helping neighbors.”


The West Seattle Helpline was founded in 1989 by a caring group of neighbors with the shared belief that community members should help each other during difficult times. From the organization’s beginning, many churches, businesses, community members, and clubs like Kiwanis and Rotary have been involved.

In 1995, the West Seattle Helpline opened its free clothing bank, the only one of its kind in West Seattle, providing basic attire, professional wear, and school clothing for clients and their families.

For 29 years, the West Seattle Helpline has been offering assistance and referrals to clients struggling to meet basic needs such as housing, utilities, and clothing.

Core Values

Local community service and contribution. We understand that positive change starts with helping our neighbors and investing in the community in which we live.

Respect and dignity. We treat all connected with our organization with dignity and respect regardless of their background.

Opportunity and empowerment. We work towards providing opportunities to empower community members and facilitate greater independence.

Compassion and trust. We create a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment that promotes trust within our community.


West Seattle Helpline’s program services are administered by an incredible team of staff and volunteers and are overseen by our Executive Director.

  • Erin Dury Moore, Executive Director
  • Cilia Jurdy, Development & Communications Manager
  • Samantha Thompson, Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

West Seattle Helpline is governed by a Board of Directors. All board members live or work in West Seattle and are dedicated to helping our community grow safer and stronger.

  • Nick Naubert, President
  • Tracey Byrne, Vice President
  • Patrick Dellerba, Treasurer
  • Rev. Ron Marshall, Secretary
  • Meredith Laws
  • Mike Entzminger
  • Mariah Weston
  • Ashley Clingan
  • Cinda Stenger
  • Megan Dahl
  • Salma Jibril
  • Anab Hersi
  • Sarah Castaldo
  • Joe Everett

Thank you to our incredible supporters!


New Neighbor

2017 Community Reporting

Learn more in our 2017 Community Report