Community resources

Community Solutions for a Community Problem.

Individuals and families dealing with abuse, often face many other challenges like, financial instability, lack of housing and other major challenges.

For other resources, please see the Opportunity Council’s Community Resource Guide. For more information, or if you are in an abusive relationship and need help accessing resources, please call the helpline at (360)715-1563,

DVSAS Safe Shelter

The Safe Shelter provides safe and confidential emergency shelter support for women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse. For more information about the shelter please call our helpline at (360)715-1563 or toll free at (877)715-1563 or visit our offices to speak with an advocate.

Lighthouse Mission and Agape Women and Children’s Home

The Lighthouse Mission is a faith-based organization that is dedicated to help and minister to the needy of Bellingham. It operates 3 homeless shelters; 3 daily community meals; a long-term rehabilitation program for men; a transitional housing program for men; a medical clinic; and gives away food, furniture, personal need items and clothing free of charge as available. It also hosts Christian-centered 12-Step meetings.

Lydia Place

Lydia Place is a community-based organization that supporting homeless women and their children. It provides safe six-month transitional housing plus twelve- month follow-up programs, individual goal setting and case management, education and employment support/advocacy, and life skills training.

Dorothy Place | Opportunity Council

Dorothy Place is a secure 21-unit facility in Bellingham that provides support services and transitional housing for single women and women with children who are survivors of domestic violence. A Peace Builders program component teaches children alternatives to violence.

YWCA Bellingham

The YWCA has a variety of programs, including a housing for up to 36 women. They also provide case management, life skills classes, the on-site Back to Work boutique, a Financial Fitness program, and a scholarship program college classes, job training, and career alternatives.

Ne-Alis Tokw (My Sister’s Place)

Lummi Victims of Crime provides confidential emergency shelter to Native American women and their children. 24-hour domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse hotline available.

New Way Ministries

New Way Ministries is a Christian transitional housing program for homeless women and children. Women must have children to stay at New Way Ministries. Services include life skills training and case management. Most woman stay for approx. 6 months.

Brigid Collins Family Support Center

Brigid Collins Family Support Center supports the healthy development of all families, by coordinating the community’s response to child sexual abuse, providing parenting support and education and offering child sexual abuse prevention education.

Brigid Collins houses the Whatcom County Children’s Advocacy Center, offers individual and group therapy for victims of child sexual abuse and non-offending caregivers and has a wide range of parent coaching and classes available.

Northwest Youth Services

Northwest Youth Services has been working since 1976 to provide comprehensive, results oriented services designed to ensure safety, and deliver the tools youths and their families need to make positive decisions and real change. These tools include youth and family counseling, a 24 hour crisis phone hotline, shelter and family mediation for runaway/throwaway and homeless youths, teen court, and assessment foster care services.

Whatcom Center for Early Learning

Whatcom Center for Early Learning provides comprehensive, family-centered early intervention services to children ages birth to three with special needs.

Bellingham Food Bank

The Bellingham Food Bank’s mission is to reduce hunger in Bellingham by providing wholesome foods to those in need on an emergency or chronic basis and by educating the community on the problem of hunger. Bellingham Food Bank meets this mission by handing out free groceries to any individual or family that lives in Bellingham. Bellingham Food Bank works hard to serve our neighbors with dignity and without judgment.

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

CCSWW’s beliefs are rooted in Catholic social teaching and follows the Gospel’s call to provide love and support to poor and vulnerable people. Their focus is on those individuals, children, families, and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism. Their services focus on homeless support, creating housing for low-income individuals, support programs for children, seniors, those with disabilities, and refugees and immigrants.

Get Money, Get Safe: Get Money, Get Safe

is intended to help survivors and advocates find resources and information about seeking economic assistance and security. Because this information is web-based, technology related safety and privacy issues are highlighted as well.

Opportunity Council

Opportunity council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency providing support for homeless and low-income individuals and families. The goal of the agency is to help these individuals become self-sufficient. Some of the services offered include food, emergency shelter, eviction prevention, and long-term programs such as early education for children and home weatherization.