The Ballard Food Bank is a point of trust for our neighbors. Clients visit regularly, connecting with our staff and volunteers as they shop. These relationships establish the trust for clients to share other needs they face, beyond food. Offering financial assistance and hosting service providers allows a seamless transition for clients to meet multiple needs in one location.
This winter, in addition to updating our hours to better meet the needs of our clients, we renovated our building to provide space to grow our Community Resource Hub. These renovations allow our staff, volunteers and partner agencies to connect more effectively with clients in a private, dedicated program setting. This new space has allowed us to expand our programing of on-site partner agencies to include: Coordinated Entry for homeless housing assessments, Neighborcare Health for appointments & referral services, REACH for case management, VA Primary Care for homeless veterans, health plan enrollment for Medicare & Medicaid recipients, Basic Food (Food Stamps) enrollment, and a brand-new partnership with the Tenants Union for assistance resolving landlord-tenant issues. Clients have accessed these points of service over 175 times since January. And we will be continuing to partner with other agencies to give both on- and off-site connections for our clients as the year goes on.
We are so grateful to the numerous local business who donated their services to make this space possible for our clients, including Limback Lumber, Active Engineering, NW Custom Interiors, Elite Drywall Services, Jimmy Matthiesen, Emily McNichols of Grouparchitect, RC Painting and especially our friends at Schultz Miller.