Poulsbo launches initiative to help at-risk residents during COVID-19 outbreak

The City of Poulsbo, in partnership with several local nonprofits will be helping local residents with COVID-19 related needs during the outbreak through the “Poulsbo Cares” initiative.

According to the City of Poulsbo, the initiative has three main goals:

  • Helping residents who are unable to leave their homes to shop for groceries due to COVID-19 risk;
  • Providing free meals twice daily to anyone struggling financially during the outbreak; and
  • Offering meals, showers, laundry and internet for people who are homeless or transient

Partners along with the City of Poulsbo include Poulsbo Fishline, Gateway Fellowship and Empact Northwest. Services for homeless individuals will also be provided with support from the Kitsap County Department of Human Services.

“We’re really concerned about isolated seniors, people without homes, and people who have taken a financial hit from the stay at home order,” said Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson. “Poulsbo Cares is a community effort to help our friends and neighbors.”

The city’s Department of Housing, Health and Human Services will be maintaining a Poulsbo Cares HELP line (360-517-5037) for anyone looking to access services.

“One of the best things about Poulsbo Cares is its army of volunteers,” said Kim Hendrickson, who heads up Poulsbo’s Housing, Health and Human Services Department.

Between the city and Empact Northwest, we have over 70 people who have signed up to volunteer in Poulsbo. There are people making Trader Joe’s runs, people transporting food from Fishline to Gateway, people chopping vegetables in the Gateway kitchen, and people sewing masks for other volunteers. My biggest challenge, at the moment, is to keep everyone engaged since we may not have enough work for all these wonderful people.”

The Poulsbo Cares HELP line is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Assistance can also be requested online through Empact Northwest at empactnorthwest.org/covid.html.

More in News

Health District confirms 14 new COVID-19 cases Friday

Countywide total since pandemic began is 805

Public records suit against Bainbridge Island dismissed

A lawsuit filed against the city of Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County… Continue reading

Best of Kitsap 2020 nominations on now

Nomination phase Aug. 10-23; voting phase starts Aug. 31

Deputy involved in fatal shooting also part of 2017 BI case

KCSO deputy at center of South Kitsap shooting was involved in Eagle Harbor incident

Clues are slow to emerge in overpass shooting investigation

KCSO deputy at center of South Kitsap shooting was involved in two previous shootings

BI police chief explains sexual assault protocol

Like other police departments around the country, Bainbridge Island’s is under scrutiny.… Continue reading

Facebook reports: ’Hi there. K-9 Cooper here …’

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office canine in rigorous training to become a certified K-9 police dog

Finally, a final decision

SKSD board votes to start school online-only

Want to attend a military service academy?

Kilmer to host a virtual informational session

Most Read