About Us

Mission, History, and Values

Mission

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

History

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.

For 27 years, the West Seattle Helpline has been offering referrals and assistance 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.

Staff

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

  • Chris Langeler, Executive Director
  • Theresa Sundin, Program Manager
  • Layla Al-Jamal Judkins, Development & Communications Manager
  • Joan O'Brien, Operations 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
  • Melissa Miller
  • Mike Entzminger
  • Joseph Aprile
  • Mariah Weston
  • Ashley Clingan
  • Cinda Stenger
  • Megan Dahl

Thank you to our incredible supporters!

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