Community Partner: Crabtree Brands

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Crabtree Brands, which includes Silver Creek Angus and ChocMo Chocolatier and Cafe will be our Community Partner through 2018! Throughout the year these businesses will be working together with Fishline to help feed our neighbors in need! Read more below about the ways that these great businesses are supporting Fishline today!


 

For every 10 (one pound) packs of ground beef sold, Silver Creek Angus will donate one pound to Fishline. Purchase beef at either of Retail marketplaces located inside High Spirits & Viking Feed; Or order beef online by visiting our Online Marketplace.

 


Purchase a box of ChocMo Special Edition Caramels. $3.00 from each box sold will be directed to Fishline’s Children Services programs. This item is currently available for pre-order but will be available in the store soon.


Whether you dine in at ChocMo or order online, they will donate $2.00 for every order of our Veggie “Pasta”. These funds will go toward Fishline’s Healthy Table Program, which helps them keep fresh produce, dairy, and eggs available to their clients. 

 


Lorie’s Pampered Pups Visits Fishline

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Lorie and Fishline volunteer Rose Marie’s dog, Toby.

Lorie Brady, owner of Lorie’s Pampered Pups, came into Fishline to see whether our services might help her meet some basic needs. Although she owns her own dog grooming business, recent physical hardships have prevented her from working full-time. Not only that, but as an avid animal lover, the hiatus from working had her feeling down. Our Client Advocate, Sandra, suggested volunteering. Lorie lit up. She knew exactly how she could contribute. She brought her mobile grooming unit (still painted with its old name, Tails R Wagon) to Fishline to trim doggies’ nails, just before the holidays. It was a smashing success and she’s now coming 1-2 times per month! Trimming canine nails can be upwards of $15 per session and although necessary for some dogs, not exactly affordable for many who use Fishline. Lorie is providing her service to both clients of Fishline and volunteers, but more than that, she’s part of something bigger, something we can’t help but notice all day every day: people want to contribute. And, we believe that everyone has something to offer, however unique. Yes, we’re grateful for the services Lorie is providing, but we’re also grateful for her example. 

To schedule an appointment for nail trimming regardless of your ability to pay, please call Lorie at (206) 713-3701.


Fishline After Hours Cupboard

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Fishline now has an “Afterhours Cupboard” outside the food bank where clients can pick up needed items when the food bank is closed.

Fishline supporters can also drop off non-perishable items here when we are not here to receive your donations!

“Take what you need; leave what you can.”

This beautiful pantry was made by one of our Fishline volunteers and is just another way to serve our clients.

 

The pantry is located outside the food bank at 787 NW Liberty Lane. All are welcome to use and donate to the cupboard. Visit our Facebook page to learn find our weekly list of most needed items or to ask any questions about this resource.


Free Closet

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Hawaiian Theme Day!

When these volunteers started our weekly outdoor Free Closet, you could practically predict the weather based on whether or not it was Wednesday. If it was below zero, it was Wednesday. If the wind was blowing sideways, it was Wednesday. Six months later, they have good reason to don their Hawaiian shirts!
Why start an outdoor anything in the dead of winter? Well, in this case, longtime Fishline volunteers Helen Supancheck and Karen Calhoun heard a story. It was about a boy who came into Fishline without a coat. While we often give vouchers for folks to buy clothes at Second Season (our thrift store), no clothing was available on site. This was enough to spur these women into action. They enlisted their husbands, Greg and Steve, their neighbor Kaori, and even her spouse!
This operation is no easy feat: inventory is picked up almost daily from Second Season. They load and unload hundreds of pounds of clothing, haul it upstairs, and sort it in whatever available space they can find. But the service has been so well-received, they have no plans to quit anytime soon. Helen told me that they knew they had done the right thing when one day, early on, a homeless man without shoes came by. They had exactly one pair of shoes in their entire inventory and guess what? They fit him like a glove!


Fishline’s Comprehensive Services Center Receives $300,000 from the Birkenfeld Foundation

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North Kitsap Fishline received a $300,000 grant from the Birkenfeld Foundation to support construction of its new Food Bank and Comprehensive Services Center in Poulsbo, Washington. Construction of the project is underway with expected completion in early summer of 2018.

The new building will provide both efficient food delivery and integrated comprehensive services to help clients achieve self-sufficiency and transform their lives.

The Comprehensive Services Center will create the first coordinated effort in North Kitsap to bring together providers partnering with Fishline to offer services related to food, employment, education, substance abuse, dental care, domestic violence, housing, senior, and veteran’s services.

Keith Birkenfeld, who died in 2005, was a Bremerton native who retired from the Bellevue School District, where he taught in the high school and served as an administrator. He spent his last 25 years living on Bainbridge Island and amassed a fortune through sound investing that he directed to support of impactful charities upon his death in 2005.

“Mr. Birkenfeld came from humble beginnings here in Kitsap County. He worked hard and did well and left his entire estate to benefit others. He believed in our collective ability to raise all boats and to therefore ensure the security of all. The approach taken by Fishline to raise all boats has inspired us to give, as it has so many others. We are proud to be a part of this caring community and powerful project.”
Claire Bishop, Birkenfeld Trust Director

Click here for more information on how you can support Fishline through the Birkenfeld Gardens.