Vote for the Best of the Best in Kitsap!

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Welcome to Kitsap’s Best of the Best the voting round. Voting will open on October 10 and close on October 23.

Winners will be announced December 16!

Folks can vote for Fishline as the Best Nonprofit and Second Season Thrift Store as the Best Thrift Store.

Link to vote: https://vote.kitsapdailynews.com/

Fishline is in the Community group under the Non-Profit category.

Second Season is in the Shopping group under the Thrift Store category.

Thanks for voting / sharing!


Fishline’s Executive Director Announces Retirement

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[POULSBO, WA, October 5, 2022] Lori Maxim, Executive Director of Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services, has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2022.

Fishline is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide food and access to resources that offer stability, improve health and well-being, and help people onto a path to self-sustainability.

Lori Maxim expressed, “It has been an honor to work for the Fishline Board and the North Kitsap Community. I have been so fortunate to be a part of this organization. We have done a lot of good together over the past 2+ years. But I am feeling the need to slow my life down and spend more time with family, and friends. We have an incredibly talented and passionate staff who understand our vision and mission. I am confident in their abilities to keep us on course and support my replacement. I’ve told our board that I am happy to do whatever I can to make the transition of a new director as seamless as possible.”

Prior to Fishline, Maxim was the Director of Revenue for Morris Multimedia and CEO of the World’s Best Adventures in Gainesville, Georgia. Before her time at Morris, she was the Vice President of Sound Publishing, Inc. and had spent more than 20 years in Poulsbo with her family.

Maxim came to Fishline a little over two years ago as Executive Director. During her tenure, she has helped steer the organization through the COVID pandemic, added three new services for clients (showers, free counseling, and Student Opportunity and Advancement Resources), upgraded technology, increased staff compensation policies, and expanded sales at Second Season Thrift Store.

Board President Heather Torres commented, “Lori has been a tremendous blessing to Fishline, our staff, our clients, and our community these past two and a half years. She has worked tirelessly to build a solid organizational structure and put systems in place to support both internal staff and volunteers. She’s reenergized the community about our mission and bolstered donations in a way we’ve never seen before. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, and get ‘er done attitude.”

Fishline will begin its search for a replacement in the coming weeks.


SOAR program to financially assist North Kitsap students

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Fishline is thrilled to announce the new Student Opportunity & Advancement Resources (SOAR) program! SOAR provides financial assistance to help youth in our community meet basic needs, achieve academic success, and pursue extracurricular activities.

Students may submit financial assistance for items and activities that include clothing, sports equipment, musical instruments, driver’s education, college application fees, summer camp, membership fees, graduation fees, specialized school supplies, science fair projects, and much more!

Fishline’s team of case managers will carefully review each submission and respond within 48 hours to further discuss the request.

This program will operate year-round. Students and parents can make multiple requests through the year; however, each additional request will require parents or guardians to contribute a percentage toward the expense.

For students (K-12) who reside in Poulsbo, Keyport, Suquamish, and Bangor.

Students or guardians may submit their requests here: https://forms.office.com/r/D9e9QgWeAV


Free Mental Health Services at Fishline Start on September 12th

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Let’s meet our new therapist! 
Reba Harris is a Primary Therapist for AMFM located at the North Kitsap Fishline. Reba has served the county of Kitsap for 12 years in various nonprofit agencies as a Substance Use Disorder Professional. Reba’s background consists of working in integrated behavioral healthcare systems and most recently as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Reba has also interned for a community residential treatment program focused on co-occurring disorders and a tribal re-entry program grounded in restorative justice practices.

She graduated with her master’s in social work from Walden University and is a Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Counselor (LSWAIC).Her lived experience provides unique insight that facilitates compassion and expands understanding while challenging negative and stigmatizing attitudes in the community. Reba states “Healing is not a linear journey.” She prides herself in the ability to create a safe and non-judgmental space for the community to achieve their therapeutic goals. Reba hopes to work collaboratively to meet community members where they are in the change process and help them identify that change, so they can be the best version of themselves.

Clients can call our front desk to request an appointment. Sessions will begin on September 12th.
Please call (360) 779-5190, 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Fishline clients may also request an appointment online here: amfmhealthcare.info/fishline

50% Off Labor Day Sale at Second Season Thrift Store

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Don’t forget about the Second Season Thrift Store Labor Day Sale on September 5th! Everything in the store will be 50% off. Maybe a great time to stock up on fall / winter attire?

The store will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Located at: 19689 7th Ave NE, Suite 101, Poulsbo, WA

Did you know that 95 cents of every dollar spent at Second Season provides resources to neighbors in need at Fishline Food Bank & Comprehensive Services? Your money does good. Thank you!