About Us

Mission, History, and Values

Stopping Homelessness Before it Starts

Merging with the West Seattle Food Bank

As of March 1, 2020 West Seattle Helpline has merged with West Seattle Food Bank to become one stronger community organization. We are so grateful for everyone's support throughout the years and during this merge, and are excited to start this new chapter together! You can find us and our services under the name West Seattle Food Bank.

Mission

The West Seattle Helpline stops homelessness before it starts. We support our neighbors in West Seattle and White Center to regain stability after experiencing hardship. As “neighbors helping neighbors,” we strengthen our community.

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 store, the Clothesline, which is the only one of its kind in West Seattle. The Clothesline provides basic attire, professional wear, and school clothing for our neighbors and their families.

For 30 years the West Seattle Helpline has been offering assistance and referrals to our neighbors 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 fantastic Executive Director.

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

Board of Directors

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

  • Nick Naubert, President
  • Joe Everett, Vice President
  • David Pagryzinski, Treasurer
  • Rev. Ron Marshall, Secretary
  • Tracey Byrne, Exec Member, At-Large
  • Ashley Clingan
  • Anab Hersi
  • Cinda Stenger
  • Mariah Weston
  • Megan Dahl
  • Meredith Laws
  • Salma Jibril
  • Sarah Castaldo

Thank you to our incredible supporters!

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