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Helpful Resources for Difficult Times

Mental Health Resources – a free directory of mental health resources including clinics, therapists, crisis lines, advocacy, teleclinics, teletherapists, psychiatric beds and support

24-hour Crisis Line phone number for families and those in crisis online chat
ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington in the North Puget Sound and Salish regions. Their mission is to help people by providing online emotional support during times of crisis. 

Recovery Help Line 
The Washington Recovery Help Line is an anonymous and confidential help line that provides crisis intervention and referral services for Washington State residents. or call 866-789-1511  

Community  Resources


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Orcas Community Resource Center - providing a bridge for many to connect to services, such as: Refer for counseling through the Community Wellness Program, Enroll in health insurance, Arrange Food Bank home deliveries, Sign up for the Transportation Voucher Program, Enroll in DSHS benefits or renew/update prior enrollments, Referral to Dental Van for care up to and including dentures, Referral for eye care/corrective lenses, Spanish language translation for forms and applications, Enroll in Meals on Wheels, Referral to WIC for food and nutrition support, Referral to Safe San Juans for domestic violence protection, Enroll in OPALCO Project Pal (energy credits), Apply for LIHEAP (assistance with home heating), Obtain short-term rental assistance, Secure a deposit to enter into a rental agreement, Obtain Veterans’ benefits, Manage the Christmas Giving Tree in partnership with Island Market, Manage the Sons of American Legion Shoe Drive, Obtain permanent housing for the homeless through various government grants, Manage the Kindergarten Transition/Kindergarten Readiness ProgramsArrange for ongoing assistance from a professional social worker for complex needs

Orcas Island Community Resource Hub (Orcas Recovers) COVID-19 Response on Orcas Island.

Get assistance: connect with the services and goods you need.
Send supplies: connect with people who need them.
Lend a hand: connect with people who need your help.

Rent or Mortgage Payment Assistance
OPAL Community Land Trust is helping islanders who may not be able to pay their housing costs because of the COVID-19 virus. If you want help with your rent or mortgage, please fill out the form at this link, and OPAL will  contact you to take next steps.  (
Questions: Contact Julie Brunner at 360-376-3191 or

Orcas Island School District Free Breakfast and Lunch
Orcas Island School District will be supplying any child free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the state mandated school closure time. Bagged meals containing a Lunch and a Breakfast for the following day will be available Monday - Friday between 11:30 & 1:00 at the School Pick Up/Drop Off Circle. Weekend meals will be picked up on Fridays. You can help us with planning by filling out a weekly pre-order form. If your family is not able to pick-up meals at school but need nutritional support, please contact your school administrator so that we can plan for remote delivery. For questions or inquiries please contact Madden Surbaugh, OISD Food Services Director at

Food Stamps
Basic Food (Food Stamps) : Am I eligible?
Application for food and cash assistance: Apply here

OPALCO Energy Assistance Program
The Energy Assistance program is available as a bill credit to members who are reenrolled on the standard Residential rate and have qualified for assistance through another program for low-income households (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Free/Reduced Lunch Program, Apple Health (MEDICAID), Social Security Disability (SSDI), San Juan County Senior/Disabled Tax Exemption Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Rental Assistance, Other Utility Assistance). Apply directly on OPALCO site:

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